BREAKING: LPGA Tour Commissioner Whan to Step Down
In a surprise move, LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan has announced that he will be stepping down from his position this year.
Whan just finished his 11th season as commissioner, helping the Tour to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
“In many ways, this past year – with all the pandemic challenges – was also the LPGA’s most triumphant. We are entering 2021 on a wave of momentum — a strong schedule with record purses, new events/sponsors, double-digit viewership growth, and a talented team that demonstrated exceptional skill, resilience and capability to lead through challenging times,” wrote Whan in a letter to LPGA Tour staff.
He adds, “ In fact, even after the challenges we faced in 2020, the LPGA has NEVER been more financially secure, deeper in leadership talent, or more anchored by passionate, diverse sponsors from all around the world. The LPGA is poised for even greater heights; and as such, I’m excited to hand the baton to the next leader and become their biggest supporter.”
There is no set date for his departure. The LPGA will being working on a transition plan.
Over his 11-year run as commissioner, Whan helped to rescue the LPGA Tour from the brink of irrelevancy.
He led the Tour through a plethora of financial issues and the coronavirus.
Most recently, the LPGA Tour announced a 34-event schedule for 2021 with several new tournaments and a record $76.45 million in prize money.