Q. (Operator interruption. Question about size of field.)
COMMISSIONER FINCHEM: I've had some preliminary conversations with our board and I have to believe that we will work with Tiger and the Foundation to fine-tune it, but my guess is that at the end of the day, the field size will be commensurate with what you generally see in Invitationals which is a somewhat limited field.
Now there's a couple of reasons for that. One is prestige of the event. The other is, even though it's snowing today, it's quite warm here -- I used to live here for ten years, July 4th, and pace of play -- we want the pace of play and the experience for the players to be positive as well. So you put those two things together, and it argues for a somewhat shorter field and I think that's where we'll be.
So the experience for the players needs to be positive, therefore limit the field size so that pace of play has a chance of breaking 5 hours?
In other words, slow play is in the best interests of the world's top players?
The slower they get, the smaller the fields become?
Anyway, thanks to reader Steve for this link to Len Shapiro's online chat spelling out the key event details.