The newly named head of the LPGA Tour, Mollie Marcoux Samaan, presented her first Commissioner’s Award at the Rolex Awards Dinner Thursday night to longtime golf broadcaster Judy Rankin. The longevity and passion Rankin continues to display as she closes on her 59th year connected to the LPGA Tour—from playing to broadcasting—made her a natural selection for Marcoux Samaan’s first time handing out the honor. Yet as Rankin commanded the room during her 10-minute acceptance speech, the veteran commentator shared for the first time publicly that she’ll be phasing out of broadcasting in 2022.
“I’m coming to the end of my time,” said Rankin, who turns 77 next February. “I’m not going to do a Brett Favre and retire about four times. I am seriously slowing down. I don’t know how much their will be after this, at some point I will see you next year.” Read More