Anonymous Pro: I want somebody who has a more radical way of doing things. Somebody who is not so business-model-oriented and can think outside the box. Maybe someone like Peter Jacobsen. The Tour has become overly businesslike and stale.
Shipnuck: Joe Ogilvie is very involved in Tour business; he has been on the Players Advisory Council and is a voice other players respect. Joe has been part of the Tour's middle class for years. He understands the business side and the players' side. A lot of players don't know Finchem and don't feel as if he has been looking out for them.
Garrity: I interviewed Joe a few years ago, and 10 minutes into the interview he struck me as the next Deane Beman. Joe is intelligent, has intellectual curiosity, business acumen, leadership ability and the patience required for negotiating.
Hack: I was only halfway joking about Geoff Ogilvy. He doesn't have Joe's degree from Duke, but he has a love of the game and depth. He's also honest and blunt.
Shipnuck: I'd love to see what Geoff would do to the Tournament Players Club network. He might blow up a lot of those courses.
Hack: Geoff has some strong views about course architecture. I think he'd take the Tour in an interesting direction.
Garrity: Who are the genuine candidates?
Shipnuck: If you're promoting from within, Ty Votaw would be a candidate. He helped himself by getting golf back into the Olympics.
Bamberger: Terry McGuirk, the chairman of the Atlanta Braves, would be interesting. He worked for Ted Turner, used to be CEO of Turner Broadcasting System and is an Augusta National member.
Shipnuck: Who is the golf equivalent of Theo Epstein? Someone who's young, sees things in a different way and is a dynamic thinker? Promoting another lifer VP from Ponte Vedra Beach isn't going to shake up the Tour. That's what Finchem was.