The PGA TOUR announced today that Rory McIlroy has been elected Chairman of the Player Advisory Council (PAC) by the TOUR’s membership for the 2021 calendar year. Voting ended on Thursday, February 11. The 16-member PAC advises and consults with the PGA TOUR Policy Board (Board of Directors) and Commissioner Jay Monahan on issues affecting the TOUR.
Rory McIlroy, who prevailed over Russell Knox and Kevin Streelman, will succeed Jordan Spieth as a Player Director on the PGA TOUR Policy Board next year, serving a three-year term (2022-24). He will join James Hahn (2020-22), Charley Hoffman (2021-23) and Kevin Kisner (2020-22) on the Policy Board.
Rory McIlory, carreer
McIlroy, 31, of Northern Ireland, joined the PGA TOUR in 2010. An 18-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2019 PLAYERS Championship and four major championships, McIlroy is one of two players to win multiple FedExCup titles (2016, 2019).
When he assumes his role of Player Director in 2022, McIlroy will become the first international player to serve on the Policy Board, which dates back to the TOUR’s first season in 1969. In November, the TOUR announced that the 2020 Player Advisory Council would extend its term through 2021 due to the vital role the PAC played in navigating the TOUR’s response to the pandemic.
2021 Player Advisory Council Ryan Armour Paul Casey David Hearn Harry Higgs Billy Horschel Zach Johnson Russell Knox Anirban Lahiri Peter Malnati Rory McIlroy (Chairman) Ryan Palmer Jon Rahm Kevin Streelman Justin Thomas Harold Varner III Johnson Wagner Meanwhile, Mike Whan will be the next CEO of the United States Golf Association.
The official appointment will take effect in summer 2021, with Whan replacing Mike Davis. In September 2020 Davis announced plans to leave the USGA to pursue his greatest passion: designing golf courses. Last January, however, Whan resigned as commissioner of the LPGA, the leading American women's golf circuit.
A decision that took everyone by surprise and now finds explanations. Whan shared his decision with LPGA staff, Members and sponsors in a letter, including the following messages.