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Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament

Finchem not interested in moving dates

By jason Published: August 4, 2010

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem understands the logjam of events occurring this week in Ohio. From his perspective, there isn't much that can be done.

The Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone will once again run into the NFL's Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend in Canton. While both events would be better served if held on different weekends, Finchem doesn't think that's very realistic — at least from golf's perspective.

``This date works perfectly for getting every top player here,'' Finchem said Wednesday after speaking at an Akron Roundtable Luncheon. ``That's not so easy. This is the perfect week for the international players because they're coming in to play next week (in the PGA Championship). Our difficulties are more serious than the NFL's, but I can't speak for (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell.''

The money doesn't hurt, either. First place this weekend is worth $1.53 million — more than all four of this year's majors.

``We wouldn't mind moving it, but we want to do what's in the best interest of the tournament,'' Finchem said. ``That has broader implications than what's happening here. It's a global event. It's a prize event for our television partners and one of the reasons is because of the field.''

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