PGA Tour exec takes job with Texas Rangers
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Rick George is transitioning from the FedEx Cup Playoffs to Major League’s Baseball’s playoffs. George, who has served as executive vice president and chief of operations for the PGA Tour the past two years, was named chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers.
“Rick is the guy we wanted and we are thrilled to have him,” said Chuck Greenberg, managing general partner and co-owner of the Rangers.
George, who has spent nearly 25 years as a sports executive on the professional and collegiate level, joined the Tour as president of the Champions Tour in May 2003 after serving a five-year stint as tournament director of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. In his current role, he oversaw a wide-range of departments, including player relations, competitions, rules committee and tournament business affairs. He also played a key role in tournament sponsorship renewal and other revenue-generating initiatives.
“We thank him for the outstanding job he has done in overseeing both the Champions Tour and PGA Tour,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.
Prior to his announcement, George was considered one of the leading internal candidates to succeed Finchem.
George will continue to work with the Tour in the short-term and transition to the Rangers later this fall. The Tour acknowledged in a press release that George’s position will be filled.