|Thursday Nov 18, 2021|
Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel can achieve something this week no American has ever done: win the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai. Formerly known as the Order of Merit, the honor has been awarded every year since New Zealander Bob Charles won the first in 1972. Morikawa and Horschel, first and second in the rankings, got a boost this week when No. 3 Jon Rahm withdrew from the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
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Lance Evans, senior vice president, sports for MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, shares his thoughts on leadership, what advice he would give a younger him and his vintage extravagance.
The First Call: Briefly, describe what you do for a living.
Lance Evans: I oversee all sports-related business for MGM Resorts, including marketing strategy, events, partnerships, betting, experiential activations and related business, like corporate partnerships, group and premium sales.
TFC: What time do you wake in the morning, and what time do you typically start the workday?
LE: 6 a.m., wake and 9 a.m. work.
TFC: What are key elements to leadership or to being a good leader?
LE: Listening and trust.
TFC: What changes, if any, have you made based on the events of the past year?
LE: Too many to name.
TFC: What's the secret to your success?
LE: Prioritize and communicate.
TFC: Who is your role model?
LE: Not sure I have a role model, but I genuinely appreciate the style and decision-making of Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA.
TFC: Knowing what you know today, what professional advice would you give a younger you?
LE: Get an advanced degree (Masters, JD, etc.), Start your career in something you are passionate about and work smart.
"You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward."
PGA Tour: The RSM Classic
Site: Seaside and Plantation Courses, Sea Island, Georgia
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
LPGA Tour: CME Group Tour Championship
Site: Tiburon GC, Naples, Florida
Television: Thursday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (NBC).
European Tour: DP World Tour Championship
Site: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-8 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2-7:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1:30-7:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).
21-24: World Golf Expo 2021, Hainan, China | Info
25-28: PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info
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