By Keith Pelley’s own admission it has been a challenging first three and a half years in charge of the European PGA Tour. There have been financial concerns, rows — not least with Thomas Bjorn, with whom he says he is reconciled — an overhaul of the executive, dismissals and embarrassing and costly technological gaffes.
To add to that, the number of tournaments being played is constantly under review, the lucrative $57.5 million (about £45 million) Rolex Series has been expanded, putting a squeeze on resources, and the schedule means that events are moved around like pieces on a chess board to maximise revenues in an attempt to counter the might of the US PGA Tour.
These issues pale into relative insignificance, however, when set…
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