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Tuesday
Jan122010

"I think I am entitled to one testy news conference every 15 years"

Holy Guacamole, we have an admission from the Commish that his Kapalua press conference was "testy!"

Tim Finchem, talking to Ron Sirak who sums up the business issues facing the PGA Tour in 2010 and pulls this out of a Commish well-rested following his soulful, male-bonding-heavy fishing trip with Sid Wilson and Mark Rolfing:

Finchem had a rocky pre-tournament session with reporters Tuesday as they peppered him with questions about Woods, sponsors and drug testing.

"I think I am entitled to one testy news conference every 15 years," Finchem told Golf World with a laugh after returning to the mainland. "People keep predicting that we are going to implode. Why don't they just wait for us to implode and then talk about it? It's almost as if there are some who are rooting for us to implode, and then when the Tiger thing came along, they were saying, 'Ah, this will do it.' "

It's a bit odd that he found the questions related to Tiger or drug testing to be of such a sensitive nature. Looking back on the press conference I don't see any suggestion from the scribes that they were hoping for a PGA Tour implosion, do you?

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The questions asked that made him testy were legit, not tabloid stuff. He should prepare for more of the same. At least he acknowledges that there is a "Tiger thing".
"It's a bit odd that he found the questions related to Tiger or drug testing to be of such a sensitive nature."

Anyone think/wonder/hear that Tiger's absence is him waiting on drugs to clear his system? (Yeah, I doubt it too.)
01.12.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjb
Gepff,
The commish is very accurate in his assessment of the Media and thier thinking.( Since you are not an objective observer you won't see that viewpoint; and thats OK. No one can expect you to be unbiased,really!)
01.12.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeachtree
Sorry, I did not check my spelling. The proper spelling should be "THEIR"
01.12.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeachtree
peachtree: when did "the media" become a borg? aren't questions about the tour's "value proposition" for sponsors, always hard to justify in the best of times, even more relevant given the giant dump just taken by the us economy and big business? how does asking these questions equal "rooting for us to implode?"
01.12.2010 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Why not get testy?
The "Tiger thing" is a major factor over which he not only has no control, but also no information.
Drugs are a subject for which he has been criticized from both sides.
Testing is either totally unnecessary OR he should have done it long ago.
Both issues were addressed in his earlier teleconference.
He has no new info.

Then, he is repeatedly asked about Tiger AND drugs.
There is no evidence and the only allegations do not even concern Woods.
Why not get testy?
01.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgeM
I am convinced many journalists at press conferences (sports, or not) intentionally devise questions and phrase them in such a way to unsettle the person at the mic, not actually caring about either the question or the reply. It is the old, "Do you still beat your wife" routine. Or, "If the PGA Tour goes out of business tomorrow, is it Tiger's fault?" How do you answer these idiots.
01.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterVince Spence

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