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PGA Tour and FedEx sign five year extension

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By Pete Pappas

GolfWRX Staff Writer

There’s a lot going on opening day at WGC-Accenture Match Play today, but nothing is as huge as what happened even before the first ball was teed up.

“We’re delighted with the opportunity to make this announcement,” said Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner, during a press conference in Marana, Ariz.

Finchem was referring to the partnership extension between the PGA Tour and package shipping giant FedEx, which will last through at least 2017 and be worth at least $175 million.

And for those of you counting, well, let’s just say that’s a whole heck of a lot of golf balls.

“It is a nice addition to the things that have been happening that lay out our future in a very positive way and allow us to build the Tour both domestically and internationally,” Finchem said. “We’ve seen it grow, it’s become a big part of what the PGA Tour is about and it’s had the effect of pulling our season together. We’re going to try to make some adjustments in the next couple years with the FedEx Cup in an even more impactful way.”

FedEx has been a PGA Tour partner since 1986, when it was the title sponsor of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

But not many people besides Finchem himself could have foreseen the impactful way this partnership would grow since the FedExCup was first announced in November 2005.

The Playoffs for the FedExCup offer $35 million in total bonus money to golfers based on their finish in the season-long competition, including a $10 million prize to the FedEx Cup Champion (it could become as much as $12 million in the future).

Only three years ago there were whispers that the PGA Tour was in financial trouble. But Finchem would have none of that. And this past September secured new long-term television agreements with NBC and CBS.

And while today’s announcement doesn’t necessarily mean the PGA Tour is depression-proof, it does go a “Bubba” mile towards securing player payout levels and its own long-term organizational health and vitality.

Notes:

The 2012 FedEx Cup playoffs will begin with The Barclays tournament at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in New York.  The following week it moves to the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.  Then on to the third leg, the BMW Championship.  And finally it culminates with the Tour Championship Sept. 20-23 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.

Previous FedEx Cup Champions include: Tiger Woods (2007, 2009), Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010)  and Bill Haas (2011).

FedEx Corporation is the second-largest package shipping company in the U.S.

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Pete is a journalist, commentator, and interviewer covering the PGA Tour, new equipment releases, and the latest golf fashions. Pete's also a radio and television personality who's appeared multiple times on ESPN radio, and Fox Sports All Bets Are Off. And when he's not running down a story, he's at the range working on his game. Above all else, Pete's the proud son of a courageous mom who battled pancreatic cancer much longer than anyone expected. You can follow Pete on twitter @PGAPappas

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have four galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag and a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter.

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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