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COMMISSIONER’S FOREWORD


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FROM THE PGA TOUR COMMISSIONER


If the first five months of the season are a harbinger for things to come, we’re in for an incredibly exciting second half of the season, whether it’s the chase for the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup, Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup or “The 25” on the Nationwide Tour. There has been an array of champions on the PGA


TOUR, from emerging young talent and established stars, to several veterans who returned to the winner’s circle after a prolonged absence and one, Jason Dufner, who broke through with his first two career victories within four weeks to join Hunter Mahan and, most recently, Tiger Woods, as two-time winners through May. A number of compelling stories have arisen, which


in turn reflect the tremendous level of competition and talent throughout the TOUR. The two most memorable shots have been Bubba Watson’s remarkable recovery shot from the trees at the Masters, leading to his playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen, and Tiger’s incredible hole-out for birdie Sunday on the 16th hole en route to his victory at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. But it hardly ends there. Reigning FedExCup champion Bill Haas continued his


success with a thrilling playoff victory over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley at the Northern Trust Open, just one week after Phil claimed his 40th PGA TOUR title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Earlier, Kyle Stanley had shown remarkable resiliency by following a heartbreaking playoff loss to win the very next week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. At age 24, Kyle was among a handful of young winners, which included 21-year- old rookie John Huh and 23-year-olds Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. The list goes on, from 2011 Player of the Year Luke Donald winning the


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Transitions Championship, to Tiger, Ben Curtis and THE PLAYERS champion Matt Kuchar reentering the winner’s circle. The Champions Tour has seen Michael Allen taking the


Charles Schwab Cup lead with two wins and consistent play; first-time winners in Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman, who captured the first major, the Senior PGA Championship; and Kenny Perry setting a 36-hole record of 18-under par at the ACE Group Classic. Youth has been well served on the Nationwide Tour with


nearly two-thirds of the winners being in their 20s, headed by leading money winner Luke List. Nick Flanagan, meanwhile, captured the BMW Charity Pro-Am, his first win since 2007. And there was 47-year-old Skip Kendall, who won the season-opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, an event supported by former U.S. president Bill Clinton. But the news wasn’t restricted to competition. The World


Golf Hall of Fame welcomed its newest class of inductees: Phil Mickelson, Sandy Lyle, Hollis Stacy, Peter Alliss and Dan Jenkins. We also announced that Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as team captains for The Presidents Cup 2013. And from a business perspective, we announced a


long-term extension of the FedExCup sponsorship through 2017. Additionally, the PGA TOUR Policy Board approved significant changes to the structure of the qualifying system for the PGA TOUR and to the start of the PGA TOUR season beginning in 2013. It has been an active, first


exciting and productive


half, and there’s plenty left to determine in 2012 on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. I hope you enjoy the action. ■


Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner


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