ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Rick George, the PGA Tour’s chief of operations since 2008, has been named the chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers the circuit announced on Tuesday.
George, who joined the Tour in 2003 after five years as the tournament director in New Orleans, was viewed in media circles as a potential heir to commissioner Tim Finchem. Finchem’s current contract runs through the 2012 season, although he has not indicated he plans to leave any time soon.
George oversaw much of the Tour’s transition to a playoff system, which began with the 2007 season, as well as the implementation of the circuit’s first anti-doping policy.
George plans to join the Rangers this fall and Finchem said in a release that a search for his replacement was already underway.
“We have a very strong management team in place and are confident we will identify an outstanding successor to oversee the operations of the PGA Tour,” Finchem said in the release.