Golf Power List: 10-1

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 26, 2012 08:26

5. George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour

The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe and many of its events provide exposure to golf that in turn boosts the profile of the game to potential customers.

Under O’Grady’s direction, the European Tour brought in the Race to Dubai, which meant, according to the Daily Telegraph, that he “is the man who is revolutionising European golf”.

Perhaps even more significantly however, the European Tour is the managing partner of Ryder Cup Europe, which runs the biggest event in golf and chooses venues. The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor saw huge state funding for golf, which led to some clubs seeing three-figure increases in their members, and golfing tourists contribute £41 million to the local economy in that year.

 

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Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 26, 2012 08:26
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