Former LPGA Tour Commish Whan Named CEO of USGA

Former LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan has been named the next CEO of the United States Golf Association (USGA). 

The announcement comes a month after Whan stepped down from his role with the LPGA Tour. It was somewhat of a surprise move at the time. 

Mike Whan PHOTO: LPGA Tour

“As someone who grew up loving this game, I have always had huge respect for the USGA and its role in leading our sport. The game has given me so much throughout my life, both personally and professionally. I know I have a lot to learn, but I’m truly excited about this role, as it gives me the opportunity to not only give back to the game, but to also work hard to leave it stronger,” said Whan. 

Whan will replace current CEO Mike Davis, who will step down later this year to go into golf course design. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike Whan for many years and I view him as a trusted, strategic leader who has a proven track record of building collaborative partnerships,” said Davis. “I know the USGA will be in great hands, and I look forward to partnering with Mike to ensure a smooth and successful transition for the USGA.”

Whan is expected to take over later this summer. 

Whan’s Career 

Over his 11-year run as commissioner of the LPGA Tour, 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. 

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