That will is part of Tour lore. In May 1997 Orender, Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Ed Moorhouse, the Tour's chief legal officer, met with network execs in New York City to close the biggest TV deal in golf history. Orender, 8 #x00BD; months pregnant, sat on Finchem's right in a reclining chair brought in specially for her. Before the three-day negotiations began, Finchem leaned over and said, "Gee, Donna, shouldn't you be at a hospital or something?"
"I'm not going anywhere," she said. M.G. made sure a doctor was on call because, he says, "she would have had the kids right there on the conference table if they hadn't gotten the deal signed."
Back at Tour headquarters, lunch is over and Orender is back in her office. She's upbeat, going on about the "tremendous buzz and healthy state of the game." In the span of 10 minutes she shoots an e-mail to an executive at ESPN, requests an oral report from one of her employees and plans a trip to Buenos Aires for the upcoming World Cup. "You need Rollerblades to keep up with her," says one Tour official.
A moment later she's up and out of the office chasing Finchem, and another project, down the hallway.