LPGA boss Whan to be next USGA chief exec

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Mike Whan, who turned around the fortunes of the LPGA during his tenure as commissioner of the women's tour, has been named chief executive officer of the United States Golf Association.

Whan, who last month announced his plans to leave the LPGA sometime this year, will take over the CEO reins of the governing body this summer from Mike Davis, who last November said he planned to step down to pursue a passion for golf course design.

"Mike Whan is a proven, successful and transformative leader, not only in the golf industry but throughout his entire career," said USGA President Stu Francis.

"He has shown a unique ability to understand how the environment is changing in global golf and how to quickly and thoughtfully adapt an organisation to meet those changes."

The New Jersey-based USGA conducts 14 national championships, including the US Open, and together with the R&A writes and interprets the Rules of Golf.

During Whan's 11-year stint at the helm of the LPGA, the organisation has experienced historic growth in virtually every aspect of the business.

Under Whan's leadership, the LPGA Tour's schedule rose to 34 events from 24, purses rose to $US76.5 million ($A99.0 million) from $US41.4 million ($A53.6 million) while the circuit became a truly global business.