PGA Tour name Rory McIlroy's policy board replacement

Jordan Spieth has been named as Rory McIlroy's replacement on the PGA Tour's policy board after the Ulsterman resigned from the position.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2023
PGA Tour name Rory McIlroy's policy board replacement

Jordan Spieth has been named as Rory McIlroy's replacement on the PGA Tour's policy board. 

McIlroy, 34, abruptly resigned from his influential position ahead of the DP World Tour Championship. 

The news was broken by a memo that was leaked from Tour commissioner Jay Monahan

Monahan wrote to members praising McIlroy's efforts during his tenure. 

"Rory's insight has been instrumental in helping shape the success of the Tour," he wrote. 

"And his willingness to thoughtfully voice his opinions has been especially impactful."

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Monahan also provided an update into the latest on the negotiations with the backers of LIV Golf, the PIF of Saudi Arabia, to ratify the 6 June framework agreement. 

Depending on who you speak to the vague framework agreement is falling to pieces or there are signs a new, for-profit company called PGA Tour Enterprises could be formed. 

McIlroy would only offer the phrase 'loose lips sink ships' when asked what he knew about the framework agreement in Dubai last week. 

He did not explicitly state that one of the reasons why he chose to resign from the policy board was because of the 6 June announcement. 

Though it's clear that news has weighed heavily on his mind as he complained in the immediate aftermath of the bombshell he felt like the Tour's 'sacrificial lamb' given he had been steadfast in his criticism of LIV even before its inception. 

McIlroy's silence since then has been deafening and he has been reluctant to speak as openly as he did before. 

Briefly addressing his resignation, McIlroy told Sky Sports 'something had to give' as he spoke of his growing list of commitments. 

That includes the launch of TGL, his investment portfolio, family life and his desire to get 'ramped up' for next year's Masters. 

"If I feel like I'm not prepared going into those meetings then it is better off if someone else takes my place, who is able to put the time and energy into it.

"There's only so many hours in the day and so many days in the week and I've got a lot going on in my life right now.

"Between trying to be a world-class golfer and a good husband and a good father. I've got a growing investment that's taking up more of my time."

Jon Rahm later said there was 'no way' he would take McIlroy's spot. The Spaniard has also backed out of TGL, citing time commitments. 

But Spieth is more than willing to attend the meetings and he will join Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson, Peter Malnati and Charley Hoffman to serve out the rest of McIlroy's term which ends after 2024. 

Spieth, 30, has served on the board before as a player director and on the player advisory council. 

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