Golf Power List: 10-1

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

1. Peter Dawson, chief executive of The R&A 

During the recent Open Championship, whatever was annoying people on social media, it seemed that Peter had to sort it out.

The rugby commentator Brian Moore called on Peter to introduce a rule involving baseball bats to anyone that shouts ‘get in the hole’, while hundreds of golf fans wanted to know Peter’s view on the moral acceptability of belly putters.

But as head of the governing body of golf for the last 13 years (one of only four in the last 60 years to do the job), Peter has far more power than simply setting the rules of golf for more than 30 million golfers in 126 countries. In fact it’s been said he has more power in golf than every golf club manager in the UK put together.

The R&A, which played a huge role in golf being awarded Olympics status from 2016, grows the game in the UK and around the world – particularly targeted at children, thanks largely to the work of Duncan Weir, director of golf development, who reports to Peter, as the organisation funds teaching, course building and sustainability measures.

Finally, The R&A organises the Open Championship, worth in recent years anywhere between £77 million and £100 million to the host club’s local economy, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, ensuring that Peter is, comfortably, the most powerful man in British golf.


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