PGA Tour boss announces return: "The last two years have been gruelling"

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has confirmed he will return to his role later this month, pledging to accomplish a great deal with LIV Golf's backers.

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Sat, 8 Jul 2023
PGA Tour boss announces return: "The last two years have been gruelling"

PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan has announced he will return to his role later this month. 

In a letter to the PGA Tour policy board, the 53-year-old wrote the last two years have been 'gruelling'. 

He experienced the effects of the last 24 months personally, he wrote, and it led to a 'medical situation' which forced him to step away. 

We still don't know what happened to Monahan, only that it was serious enough for PGA Tour pro Peter Malnati to confirm he had heard the under fire boss was 'stable and recovering' after said medical issue. 

Monahan stepped away from his day-to-day activities following a stunning announcement on 6 June. 


In news that turned the world of men's professional golf on its head, Monahan confirmed the PGA Tour had struck a deal with LIV Golf's backers. 

The PGA Tour have announced a 'framework agreement' that will see them align their commercial interests with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. 

Monahan faced immediate calls for his resignation from some angry PGA Tour players for the about-face management policy. 

Rory McIlroy told of how he felt like a sacrificial lamb having spearheaded the PGA Tour's response to the LIV threat. 

Tiger Woods also got heavily involved but is yet to comment publicly on the deal. His silence has been described as deafening. 

The under fire boss is said to have owned his hypocrisy in a heated players' meeting having previously called for golfers not to join their Saudi-funded rival in 2022. 

Monahan was accused of trying to emotionally blackmail players from bolting to their mega-rich rival. 

He asked players who were thinking of leaving: "When was the last time you had to apologise for being a member of the PGA Tour?"

Monahan was referring to players accepting money from the Saudis amid the kingdom's alleged involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

See the full memo here:

Monahan's return comes as two high-ranking PGA Tour execs are due to testify before lawmakers next week. 

Ed Herlihy and Ron Price will answer questions about the aforementioned framework agreement. 

Key figures from LIV Golf, Greg Norman and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, will not be in attendance. 

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