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Thursday, February 18, 2021

The New Big Wigs in Golf

It's been a whirlwind of change over the last couple of days, hasn't it?

Rory McIlroyMike Whan

First we got the news that Rory McIlroy had been elected as the new Chairman for the PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council, now we learn that Mike Whan will be taking over as CEO of the USGA.

Talk about a changing of the guard!

Rory is the first non-American to be elected to the PAC position, and Mike is not the standard 'purist' the USGA normally likes in charge. Both leaders are outspoken and unafraid to take unpopular positions if they feel they're the correct positions to take. Both are approachable and liked by pretty much everybody they need to deal with. In fact, both men are already well-known by the folks they'll be dealing with.

And let's be blunt about it -- both men are just plain likeable.

If you want a bit more info, Rex Hoggard did an article about Rory's appointment and Jaime Diaz did one about Mike Whan's appointment. Both articles include video footage, including the interview Whan did for Golf Today on Wednesday.

The big takeaway is that we're seeing a change in the leadership of modern golf. It's happening right before our eyes... and it's not a moment too soon. I wonder what the golf landscape will look like in, oh, maybe three years?

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