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Pazder named Tours EVP and chief of operations

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Andy Pazder, a 20-year employee of the PGA Tour, was named executive vice president and chief of operations for the PGA Tour.

Pazder, 44, has served the past three years as senior vice president of tournament administration for the Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. He succeeds Rick George, who left in November to become COO of baseball's Texas Rangers.

In his current capacity, Pazder has had oversight responsibility on all tournament administration, tournament regulation, membership services and policy issues on all three Tours, and has collaborated with the Tour's Player Advisory Council and Policy Board.

'Andy's background and many years of working with our players and tournaments makes him the ideal choice for this position,' PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. 'He has the respect of players, tournaments and other professional golf tours around the world. His experience has prepared him well for his new role.'

Pazder joined the finance department of the PGA Tour in 1989. He moved to tournament administration in 1997 and held various positions before taking on his current responsibilities.

'I've been fortunate to be part of the PGA Tour for many years now and I take tremendous pride in what our players, tournaments and the game of golf represent, that being integrity, professionalism and a unrivaled commitment to charity,' Pazder said. 'I look forward to working closely with our players, sponsors and host organizations on all aspects of our business to protect and grow this great game.'