Former PGA Tour commissioner, who oversaw period of extraordinary growth in professional golf, will join Tiger Woods and late Marion Hollins in shrine's 2021 class
Added: By the World Golf Hall of Fame to its 2021 class, former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, the hall announced Monday. Finchem, 73, headed the PGA Tour from 1994 to 2016, overseeing an unprecedented period of tournament and sponsorship growth that rode the emergence of Tiger Woods.
In Finchem’s two-plus decades, prize money soared from less than $100 million on three tours to more than $400 million on six tours when he retired at the end of 2016, according to the hall. He is credited with having created the FedEx Cup playoffs, the Presidents Cup matches and the World Golf Championships. He also played a pivotal role in the return of golf to the Olympics, in 2016, after a 112-year absence.
Finchem, who will be enshrined from the contributory category, will be inducted with Woods and the late Marion Hollins. “It is the greatest honor to be elected to join golf’s most legendary players and contributors in the World Golf Hall of Fame,” Finchem said in a news release. “This is a truly humbling moment, for which I am most grateful, and I look forward to celebrating with my family and friends throughout the game of golf and the many people who made this possible for me. I am especially proud to stand alongside one of the world’s all-time greats, Tiger Woods, in the Class of 2021 and look forward to what will be an exciting year ahead.”
Finchem was succeeded by Jay Monahan as commissioner on Jan. 1, 2017. Finchem became the third commissioner in the history of the Tour since its split with the PGA of America in 1969, replacing Deane Beman, a 2000 hall inductee. A fourth WGHOF inductee is expected to be announced soon.