Michael Whan: The Perfect Match To Lead The USGA | Dog Leg News

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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    Yet another awesome, well-timed accomplishment by Whan for the lpga tour; which he has marketed for so long almost as well as himself.

    Whan will enjoy a well deserved honeymoon period with the usga but it’s important to note the critical contrasts to his lpga reign.

    He took the top job for the ladies tour at the absolute perfect time to create steady growth; all the while marketing himself in the most genius of fashions. But all that will not be as easy with the usga.

    The usga is not a starving tour lacking attention; it’s arguably a too gato gordo organization with too many critics to count.

    Whan seems like the guy to sell preserving the status quo regarding constant equipment gains in golf. His desire to please players cements not much will likely change regarding technology in golf. Expecting any restraints on technology seems foolish at this point. It looks like progression favoring bombers will only increase; especially with Rory leading the players association.

    Golf courses around 7000 yards and under wanting to remain relevant during Whans tenure will need to adjust. They can start by studying Riviera. But that’s easier said then done.

    Of course traditionalists can always adjust to bomb and chip.

    Point is there will always be someone unhappy with any decisions from a usga Commish; a stark contrast from Whans time in his last gig.

    The thing to remember is that since the first full size driver heads came out a couple decades ago, the average golfer has increased nothing in yardage. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

    Meanwhile the top bombers have gone from 300 to 400 and counting.

    Something’s gotta give. I wish this great people pleaser the best of luck.

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