On February 16, PGA Tour announced that Rory McIlroy had been elected Chairman of the Advisory Council for Golf Members (PAC).

In his new position since the recent internal vote, McIlroy became the first international golfer to hold the Chair of PAC. In PGA Tour history since 1968, only natives have sat in this position.

Before that, McIlroy had to compete with candidates Russell Knox and Kevin Streelman – two PGA Tour colleagues. McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, Knox is from Scotland, and Streelman is American. McIlroy was born in 1989, won four major in 18 championships over 10 years of PGA Tour, alongside 14 European Tour trophies and 106 weeks accumulated at number one in the world – OWGR group.

McIlroy wants more power in the PAC chair.  Photo: USA Today

McIlroy wants more power in the PAC chair. Image: USA Today

“If elected, I would be honored to dedicate. Hope everyone recognizes that and vote for me. Over the past two years as a PAC member, I have a grasp of the situation in both arenas. This time is enough. It took a long time for me to understand and contribute a suitable direction for the future for all to benefit, “McIlroy said. Golf Channel two weeks ago.

McIlroy will be on duty from 2022 to 2024. The PAC term lasts for three years. Due to the epidemic effects, the current term is renewed until the following year.

PAC consists of 16 members, including four full-time Directors, with the role of advising to the Board of Directors, headed by special envoy Jay Monahan on issues affecting the operation and development of the arena.

However, McIlroy is not completely satisfied with the current mandate for the PAC Chairman. “Going to the PAC is great, being heard and heard from many sides. But the chair of the council does not have the right to vote. The senior leadership holds the dominant vote and then, the voice matters. quality, “commented McIlroy.

Golfweek The view that a high position in the PGA Tour bureaucracy might distract McIlroy from winning more major because it takes a long time to do it. In the past 35 years, only a few golfers won major during his time as PAC President, including Stewart Cink – The Open Championship 2009, Davis Love III – PGA Championship 1997, Tom Lehman – The Open Championship 1996 and Larry Mize – Masters 1987.

But McIlroy doesn’t think it’s a career curse. “I don’t know such statistics. Usually those positions are not good enough to win major. This level has four awards a year and it is very difficult to win. But I’m still happy with a new job. Only a few games a year. It didn’t take long, and it wasn’t justification for not winning major, “McIlroy said.

Awarding the PAC Chair to McIlroy, the PGA Tour added a new milestone in personnel after announcing its alliance with the European Tour last fall. After this news, PGA Tour Special Envoy Jay Monahan joined the European Tour Senior Board. At that time, information on strategic partnership only generalized that “the two sides will cooperate comprehensively, in which there is no shortage of coordinated activities to exploit commercial opportunities, including the aspect of full media copyright. bridge.

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