Peter Malnati has urged commissioner Jay Monahan to be open with PGA Tour players about his health because if his condition isn't improving 'we need to know'.
Malnati, who is one of five player directors, has given an extensive interview to Golfweek's Adam Schupak.
Rory McIlroy jetted in for the meeting despite not being in the field at Detroit Golf Club.
The topic of that gathering, of course, was to discuss the PGA Tour's 'framework agreement' with LIV Golf's Saudi backers.
Malnati told the publication that he didn't want the deal to happen because he didn't want to be associated with the Saudis
"It's still a hard pill to swallow," he said. But now he has changed his outlook.
During the interview Malnati claimed:
- Long-term, he believes the deal is best for the PGA Tour
- He believes there will be protections that PIF can only ever be a minority investor in the new golf entity
- PGA Tour players feel a massive sense of betrayal, but Tour execs know they messed up
- The Tour's day-to-day operations are running really well
- Player loyalty will be rewarded, but it will be done creatively and not just through straight up cash
- There have been conversations about rolling back some of the changes already made to the PGA Tour
| According to a report, one LIV Golf pro has already cast doubt on the PGA Tour/DP World Tour's agreement with Saudi Arabia's PIF.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) June 30, 2023
"So what happens then?"
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Malnati also expressed sympathy for the aforementioned Monahan, who stepped away from his day-to-day duties only a matter of days after the surprise agreement was announced due to an unspecified health issue.
Earlier in the week two PGA Tour execs confirmed they expect Monahan to return.
Malnati told the publication a statement needs to be made about his future soon. "So far, the only update we've got is that he is stable and improving," Malnati said.
"I don't even know what he's improving from, so I don't know what stable looks like. I know nothing. Stable and improving is what we hear. That's good."
Malnati's comments come as:
- Three PGA Tour stars leapt to the defence of Patrick Cantlay
- One LIV Golf pro has already cast doubt on the PGA Tour/PIF deal
- A report suggested LIV Golf boss Yasir Al-Rumayyan would ignore a stipulation in the deal
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