The end of the 2014 season marked the end of George O’Grady’s last season heading the European Tour on Sunday, and the man who spent close to a decade as the organization’s CEO was able to reflect on that in an interview.
“The European Tour has weathered the recession. We are quite strong and have money in the bank for the first time in quite some time and can choose which way we want to go, and what we do with our Senior Tour, what we do with the Challenge Tour,” O’Grady said.
“We have got the building blocks with the Federations from Europe, the structure of golf in so many different countries.”
In total, O’Grady has been employed by the European Tour for almost 40 years.
It’s hard to deny the European Tour’s success under O’Grady – from the Race to Dubai’s popularity, to the continent’s domination of the US in Ryder Cup play.
In the most-recent World Golf Rankings, three of the top five and four of the top seven players are European – No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No. 2 Henrik Stenson, No. 5 Sergio Garcia and No. 7 Justin Rose.