Mike Whan has received a six-year contract extension to remain as LPGA commissioner that will keep him in the position through 2020, the tour`s board of directors announced Tuesday.
Since arriving in 2010 to a women`s golf tour that had lost several tournaments and key sponsors, Whan has guided a rebound that has seen the LPGA grow from 23 events and $40 million in prize money to more than $60 million in prize money and 33 events.
Television coverage time has doubled and almost all of it is shown live rather than the majority being tape delayed in the past.
The series has seen a 60 percent revenue jump over the past five years and added events in such areas as Australia, Hawaii and the Bahamas.
"While we are certainly pleased with the growth we`ve experienced over the last five years, I firmly believe we are poised for even greater success," board of directors chair Mike Trager said.
"Over the course of the LPGA`s history, we have certainly experienced wonderful periods of growth. However, it is my belief we have struggled at times to consistently deliver long-term continuity of leadership.
"As a board, we felt it was important to not only recognize our leadership team and their recent accomplishments but also to commit to keeping this team in place."