LPGA Commissioner Whan sees women's gains in game (Reuters)

Golf - LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship - Incheon, South Korea - 15/10/16.  Michael Whan, commissioner of the LPGA, poses for photographs during an interview with Reuters. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

By Larry Fine RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Golf is getting younger, more global and more female, all to the delight of LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. Rather than cringe at the Asian dominance of the largely U.S. tour a decade ago, Whan embraced the global appeal of the game and now revels in the growth during his eight-year reign. “My first day on this job, I was introduced at Madison Square Garden in 2009 as the new commissioner and when we went to the Q&A session, the first question I got was: ‘Commissioner Whan, what are you going to do about all the international influences on the tour?’ “I said, ’embrace it,'” Whan told Reuters in an interview this week ahead of the ANA Inspiration, the first women’s major of the 2017 season.

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