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George O’Grady made CBE in Birthday Honours

7.57am 5th July 2010 - People

George O'Grady, Chief Executive European Tour

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour since the start of 2005, has been appointed Commander of the British Empire for Services to Sport in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

O’Grady started a career in golf in 1974 when he joined the British PGA as a tournament administrator and has spent a career working in all aspects of tournament golf.

In 1984 he launched the development of the Tour’s commercial arm with the formation of European Tour Enterprises and in 1986 he was responsible for founding the Tour’s Benevolent Trust which distributes funds for worthy causes. O’Grady was appointed Chief Executive on January 1, 2005.

O’Grady said: “This is a tremendous honour. I feel I am accepting it on behalf of so many people who have contributed to the growth and influence of The European Tour. It is also great recognition for the game of golf, and comes at a time when so many European Tour members are excelling on the world stage. I am delighted.”

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