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FILE - This is a Wednesday July 17, 2013 file photo of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club's Chief Executive Peter Dawson las he istens during a press conference ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland. Peter Dawson is to retire from his position as chief executive of Royal & Ancient after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open. The R&A said Tuesday April 22, 2014 that Dawson will step down in September next year and will be also leaving his role as secretary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the 2,400-member club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course at St. Andrews. (AP Photo/File)

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Peter Dawson is to retire next year as chief executive of The R&A after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open.

The R&A says Tuesday that Dawson will step down in September 2015. He will also be also leaving his role as secretary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the 2,400-member club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course at St. Andrews.

In a statement, the R&A hailed the ''continuing commercial success'' of the British Open under Dawson since he joined the organization in 1999. He was also a key figure in securing golf's return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The R&A says Dawson's successor is expected to be made ''in sufficient time to allow for an appropriate handover period in 2015.''

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