Neil Coles to Step Down from Chairman of Board of Directors at PGA European Tour

May 17, 2013

Neil Coles has announced that he will depart as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The PGA European Tour, after nearly 38 years in the role.

Coles, 78, took over as Chairman in November 1975 and has overseen significant growth in the Tour and the creation of the Challenge and Senior Tours.

“I took the decision last Christmas, at the same time as I agreed with the board for the entire structure and the constitution of The European Tour to be reviewed by an independent body,” said Coles.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chairman and it has been an honour and a privilege to serve such a prestigious organisation in a sport which has been my life, both inside the ropes and inside the boardroom.”

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “For as long as I have worked in professional golf, Neil Coles has been a constant figurehead, giving stability to The European Tour at all times.

“His unique contribution to professional golf has not only influenced the growth of the Tour, but will also make him a very hard man to replace.”

Coles will remain in place until his successor has been sourced.