I didn’t see it coming. He’s Canadian and it gives him a chance to go home.
Listen, you never know when these type of jobs come around but tough timing as well. There’s a lot to unpack and figure out at the moment. It would be nice if there was clarity before he’s leaving.
Keith has always been a disruptor of the game in a good way. He’s always looked for angles, for ways to grow the game, he’s always thought a little bit differently than guys who have been in his position prior. I’ve always enjoyed his outlook and the way he swung for the fences, so-to speak.
Crystal ball would have been great because there have been some opportunities the way golf has gone where the European Tour could have positioned itself in a different way and possibly strengthened the tour in the shorter term. I don’t know how this new arrangement with (private equity), for example, if it goes through, pertains to the European Tour. So maybe it still will be a good move for the European Tour.
On Guy Kinnings taking over
He’s a lovely guy to be around. He plays the agent card really well, he knows what he is. He’s comfortable wearing a little pink.
He looks like he has been poised for a big job either with the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. Ever since the alliance I always figured he was in line for a top job with one of the tours so this doesn’t surprise me.