November 30, 2008

22 George O'Grady

Although his lads got their ears boxed at Valhalla, the European Tour's executive director showed plenty of punching power. 2008 NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR • #25-Paul Goydos-A profile of the journeyman • #24-Olympics and Golf • #23-Amateur Winners • #22-George O'Grady • #21-Drug Testing • #1-The Tiger-Rocco U.S. Open Playoff In his third year at the helm, the expansionist O'Grady oversaw the circuit's debut in South Korea and India, firmed up plans to build an international headquarters in Dubai, established his tour as an attractive late-season venue for U.S.-based pros (see: Camilo Villegas and Anthony Kim in '09), expanded the global reach of the Seniors and Challenge tours and generated buzz for next year's Race to Dubai. By any reasonable measure, O'Grady became a force on golf's world stage in '08.