'Crazy ideas' at heart of LPGA commissioner's steady rise in sports industry

Park Hee-Young of South Korea is congratulated by LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan after winning the...

Park Hee-Young of South Korea is congratulated by LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan after winning the CME Group Titleholders LPGA golf tournament in Orlando, Florida in this November 20, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Phelan Ebenhack/Files)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. - The LPGA commissioner walks back and forth on the CP Canadian Women's Open driving range at London Hunt and Country Club, chatting to the players in between swings.

“Hey, did Terry text you,'” Michael Whan asks a woman wearing a CME Group cap.

It's Brittany Lincicome, who suffered a tough playoff loss at the LPGA Championship last weekend in Rochester, N.Y.

The 'Terry' is Terry Duffy, the head of CME, one of the tour's big sponsors.

“Yeah,” she responded. “We were texting back and forth all Sunday night.”

That, Whan notes, is different and being different is what makes him tick.


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