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Hopkins resigns as CEO of Cleveland Golf/Srixon

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In news that came as somewhat of a surprise to the golf equipment industry, Greg Hopkins resigned his position Tuesday as CEO of Cleveland Golf/Srixon, effective immediately.

'I've been with Cleveland Golf for 16 years and have seen tremendous growth for the company during that time,' Hopkins said in a statement. 'Now I'm at a point in my life where I want to do some things and explore some ideas that I've always wanted to pursue.'

Having led company since June 1997, Hopkins headed operations during a period that saw Cleveland Golf become one of the game's leading innovators in the wedge category. Current PGA Tour players in the Cleveland Golf/Srixon family include Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Vijay Singh among others.

The possibility exists that Hopkins is planning to head inside the ropes in the near future; still currently a member of the European Senior Tour, Hopkins has previously competed in the U.S. Senior Open, Senior British Open and Senior PGA Championship.