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Tuesday
Jan152013

Whan Pushing For 72-Holes...

Mike Whan appeared on Morning Drive to talk about the state of the LPGA and seems very intent on getting all LPGA events to 72-holes. 

Since he also likes alternative formats from time to time (we're about to learn of a new one in the works), I'll refrain from adding him to the list of those unfortunately perpetuating the myth that 72-holes of stroke play is the only noble way to determine a champion.

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Reader Comments (7)

Pretty darn imoressive I have to say...any chance he'ld come & visit the complete laughing stock that represents the European Ladies Tour which -despite Solheim Cup success- has absolutely no rapport with anybody?
An intersting point was the 54 hole events were VERY pro-am heavy (2 days of play) and that creates the need for only 54.

I also liked his 3 events, then a week off, giving the top players the opportunity to not miss playing, and to have some built in down time. Very impressive guy.
01.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
What are the chances that Mike Whan gets the PGA Tour commissioner job when Finchem retires?
01.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
I take my daughter every year to the Shoprite LPGA event in the Atlantic City, NJ area, (which has been a 54 hole event) and it is a great weekend. If you can/want to stay at the resort, you are literally eating breakfast with many of the players, as well as just seeing them hanging out. Strangely, one of the nice benes is that being a 54 hole event, it makes for a nicer Saturday's viewing, due to the fact that the course is full. none of the stars has missed the cut and gone home, and since the groupings are not in order of finish, it spreads the crowd around the course nicely. Sunday you get the drama, but Saturday is just laid back. Also, we go up early AM on Friday, and can see the entire tourney in the 3 days which is kind of nice. I agree that 72 holes is more challenging and a better way to determine the champ, but there are some upsides to the 54 hole events as well.
01.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Pretty impressive first few years. He had that one early misstep with the 'Monopoly Money' event, but other than that... amazing given the mess he inherited.
Speaks in simple concise sentences too!; gotta like that.
01.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Wonder how he'll rank in the pantheon of great LPGA commissioners. Not one of them is in the Hall of Fame.Term limit seems to be 5 yrs. No I don't think he'll be PGA Tour commish, they'll stay inside, possibly with former LPGA commish Votaw.
01.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
pga tour needs this guy, his initiatives are brilliant
01.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUmp

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