R&A supremo Peter Dawson to step down

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One of the most respected figures in the world of golf, Peter Dawson, has overseen his final Open Championship.

The 64-year-old will retire from the post of chief executive of the R&A in September.

Graeme Duncan, Carnoustie Golf Links, said: “It was with some sadness that we at Carnoustie watched the prizegiving ceremony at St Andrews which marked Peter Dawson’s last Open Championship before his retiral. Peter’s first Open was here at Carnoustie in 1999 when he was shadowing Sir Michael Bonallack, although he did not take over as chief executive until the following year.

“Peter has always been a friend to Carnoustie and has been extremely supportive towards us. He has been especially generous with his time, which is always the most difficult thing for a busy individual. We have already met his successor, Martin Slumbers, and look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the R&A.

“On a wider note, Peter’s friendly and professional approach has ensured the Open goes from strength to strength as one of the world’s great sporting events. His commitment to expanding golf participation across the globe with be highlighted next year at the Olympic Games.

“Everyone at Carnoustie wishes Peter well in his retirement, and he will be missed.”