PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem statement on George O’Grady
On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I want to congratulate George O’Grady on his exemplary 40-year career with the European Tour and thank him for his extraordinary leadership in the world of golf.
Under George’s direction and vision, the European Tour dramatically expanded the growth of golf around the world, bringing the game to vast audiences and influencing the development and popularity of golf across the globe. The introduction of the season-long Race to Dubai in 2009 brought an exciting and meaningful conclusion to the European Tour season each year and put an exclamation point on the dramatic growth in earnings opportunities for European Tour members under George’s leadership.
George has been a great friend and collaborator to all professional tours through his active participation and leadership within the International Federation of PGA Tours and the growth of the World Golf Championships. And I think it is safe to say that golf’s inclusion in the Olympics would not have been possible without George’s leadership, vision and partnership in growing the game around the world.
George’s true measure as a leader is reflected in the fact that he leaves the European Tour in a vastly better position than when he began his tenure. All of us at the PGA TOUR wish George and the European Tour well in accomplishing a smooth transition. We’re delighted George will continue his involvement and leadership with respect to golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016. Given George’s accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf, we value his presence in our sport going forward.
Source: PGA TOUR