“I feel all of the folks that hear about change suppose, ‘Oh, no, it’s over, they’re going to place a governor on and everyone’s going to have all the identical distance,’” he mentioned. “No one has any curiosity in doing that to both the sport or the folks that make the sport thrilling.”
Whan will even be central to ascertaining which programs shall be chosen as U.S.G.A. championship websites, significantly in relation to the U.S. Open and the U.S. Girls’s Open. Among the most controversial choices in Davis’s tenure stemmed from a need to department out from a longtime, if unofficial, rotation of conventional websites for the affiliation’s premier occasions. That led to the U.S. Open’s being performed in largely untested venues like Chambers Bay in Washington State and Erin Hills in Wisconsin with, at greatest, blended outcomes.
Currently, the united statesG.A. has signaled its inclination to return to golf programs with a historical past of internet hosting the nationwide golf championship, one thing endorsed by Francis and Whan.
“You’re going to see far more of a locking in on conventional websites,” Francis mentioned.
Whan, who shall be simply the united statesG.A.’s eighth chief government, mentioned gamers wished the identical factor. Cognizant that this yr’s U.S. Girls’s Open shall be contested on the Olympic Membership in San Francisco for the primary time (it has hosted the U.S. Open 5 occasions), Whan mentioned, “I can promise you proper now there are gamers on the L.P.G.A. dreaming of Olympic.”
Davis, who’s leaving the united statesG.A. to pursue his curiosity in golf course design, endorsed Whan’s choice.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike Whan for a few years, and I view him as a trusted, strategic chief who has a confirmed observe document of constructing collaborative partnerships,” Davis mentioned in an announcement. “I do know the united statesG.A. shall be in nice palms, and I stay up for partnering with Mike to make sure a clean and profitable transition.”