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Nicklaus hosts 12-hole tournaments with bigger cups With the recent fad of 12-hole courses being built, it was only a matter of time until


PGA Tour Inks New Television Contract For those doubting


golf’s long-term vitality, the PGA TOUR’S new television deal signifi es a healthy and vibrant sport. The longest network deal


in its history, the contract puts the PGA Tour on secure footing through 2021. Under the terms of the new agree- ment CBS will broadcast 20 events a year (keeping its usual staples such as the Masters, PGA Championship, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and others) while NBC has 10 events. It was the explosion in


television fees in the early 2000s that exponentially increased the Tour’s tourna- ment purses. While a similar impact is not foreseen with the new contract, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem did indicate an increase in rights fees (the exact terms were not announced). With the increase, the Tour


anticipates crossing $2 billion in charitable giving by 2014 as well as greater contributions to the player retirement pro- gram and the creation of new digital platforms to enhance the fan experience. The Tour’s schedule will remain the same, with the traditional West Coast beginning, although the 2016 Olympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro—the fi rst Olympics to include golf—are expected to impact the schedule. As part of the press


conference announcing the deal, Finchem also declared that 165 million Americans watched golf in 2011.


somebody decided to hold a 12-hole tournament. The real surprise here is the one who organized the event, the Golden Bear himself. JACK NICKLAUS, 18-time major winner, held a 12-hole


tournament over Labor Day weekend at Muirfi eld Village in Columbus, Ohio and is organizing a series of the events for next summer. This tournament came with an added twist as golfers faced a benign target of an eight-inch di- ameter cup instead of the standard four-and-a-quarter- inch diameter holes. Adding to the quirkiness of the event, participants were required to play in less than two-and- a-half hours or otherwise face a penalty of one stroke for every fi ve minutes past the allotted time.


Nicklaus realized the idea is a little off-the-wall, but he worries that interest in the


sport is decreasing as he told NBC Sports, “I think the game is a great game and in no way am I trying to change it. There are few bigger traditionalists than me, but I realize we need to start thinking out of the box. So I ask all the traditionalists to be tolerant while we try something new, something fun to hopefully help us grow the game.”


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