Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tim Finchem Likes Phone Calls, Apparently
I hate when my phone rings. Hate it. I'd rather read a text or e-mail any day, but I'm a blogger you know, and that's what we do. But PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem doesn't agree with me. He likes the recent phone calls that have pushed a few golfers out of the lunch line early, and thinks it will continue.
Finchem told the Associated Press that, "We like the fact that people call in. We like the fact people who watch the telecasts get excited about something they see. We don’t want to turn those people off. We want to accept the information and deal with it. Cutting them off is not an option. It is just a question of how the rule is applied."
Along with all that, Finchem did mention at the very end of his interview that he was "optimistic" that things could change for the better, but it seems that he really likes the fact that viewers are concerned with the rules.
Still, something needs to change soon, as I've mentioned before. It isn't fair that millions of rules officials are watching every golfer, and the more watch you if you're more popular. It just seems like the playing field isn't fair (do you think Camilo Villegas would have been DQ'd from the Hyundai if he was, say, Mark Wilson? No chance, because no camera would have been following.) and that is my bigest cause for concern.
Some change needs to be made to make it penalizing but not the end of the world if you cause a rules infraction. I sure hope Finchem sees this as well.