The PGA Tour stayed in-house and selected 20-year staff member Andy Pazder as its chief of operations.
Pazder, whose promotion to executive vice president also was announced Friday, replaces Rick George, who left the Tour in November to become chief operating officer of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.
“I look forward to working closely with our players, sponsors and host organizations on all aspects of our business to protect and grow this great game,” said Pazder, 44, in a statement. For the past three years, he has served as senior vice president of tournament administration for the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.
In his current role, Pazder is responsible for all tournament administration, tournament regulation, membership services and policy issues for all three circuits. He also works closely with the Tour’s Player Advisory Council and Policy Board, and serves as the Tour liaison to the International Federation of PGA Tours on topics such as the World Golf Championships.
Pazder, a West Virginia University alumnus, joined the Tour’s finance department in 1989 after working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He moved to tournament administration and competition in 1997 and has fulfilled a variety of duties.
Said commissioner Tim Finchem: “He has the respect of players, tournaments and other professional golf tours around the world. His experience has prepared him well for his new role.”