Hired: Former PGA Tour winner Jason Gore, by the U.S. Golf Association, as its first senior director of player relations. The appointment comes in the wake of touring pros’ complaints about the newly revised Rules of Golf. Gore will be tasked with interacting with professionals and elite amateur golfers, with special focus on the USGA’s open and amateur championships. Gore, 44, won the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic in 2005 and amassed seven victories on the Buy.com, Nationwide and Web.com tours. He rose to as high as No. 77 in the Official World Golf Ranking. After injuries and poor play in recent seasons, Gore co-founded an insurance agency in Los Angeles.
Retired: Finland’s Mikko Ilonen, a five-time winner on the European Tour, from competitive golf, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Ilonen’s management company, Sportyard, of Stockholm, Sweden. Ilonen, 39, won the 2000 British Amateur and turned professional the next year, when he posted one of his two career top-10s in major championships, a T-9 in the British Open. He was the first Finn to win on the European Tour and rose to as high as No. 37 in the Official World Golf Ranking.