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By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Mike Davis, the USGA set-up man for US Open courses and the director of rules and operations since 2005, was promoted as the organization’s new executive director, replacing David Fay, who stepped down after 21 years at the end of 2010, according to Golf Digest. Davis will take on his new responsibilities immediately. He’s the seventh executive director in the USGA’s 116-year history.

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By Stephanie Wei under Announcements

After over two decades as executive director of the USGA, David Fay announced on Christmas Eve that he’s stepping down from the position at the end of the year. His legacy includes trying to make the sport more inclusive by bringing the US Open to public courses like Bethpage Black and Torrey Pines. He also played a pivotal role in getting golf back in the Olympics.

In an email to friends and acquaintances, Fay wrote that Mike Butz, the deputy executive director, will take over for him on January 1 until a permanent replacement is found. Here’s Fay’s farewell letter in full:

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