PGA Tour Debating Whether To Make Shanghai Official

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The U.S. PGA Tour proudly points to Shanghai as an example that not all of the World Golf Championships are staged in America. That would be easier to accept if the tour actually counted the HSBC Champions as an official event.

Phil Mickelson received $1.2 million and 66 points toward the world ranking, although he was mildly annoyed that this WGC event didn't count toward his U.S. PGA Tour victory total.

The status of the HSBC Champions as an official U.S. PGA Tour event could be changing.

"I do think it's something we should look at, and we are looking at it," tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. "I can argue that it's not a big deal, and I think that's probably the case. But still, it does raise the questions, 'Shouldn't there be a consistent approach to the WGCs?' We are in the process of taking another look at that."

Finchem said the International Federation of PGA Tours, which oversees the WGCs, is meeting during the British Open. He said the U.S. PGA Tour policy board would have to approve Shanghai as an official event, as would the other tours.

"It might not be resolved until the July board meeting, if there's going to be a change," Finchem said. "It's under discussion now. To get it finalized would be the middle of the summer."

One option could be to count it as official U.S. PGA Tour victory provided the winner is a U.S. PGA Tour member.

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