PGA Players vs Jay Monahan, it is not over

In recent times, there has been an increase in signs of dissatisfaction and impatience on the part of PGA Tour players towards the Commissioner in office

by Andrea Gussoni
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PGA Players vs Jay Monahan, it is not over
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In recent times, there has been an increase in signs of dissatisfaction and impatience on the part of PGA Tour players towards the Commissioner in office. And we are not just referring to the weakest in the category: discontent seems to be widespread among those who have to earn every single card for the season, such as Nate Lashley, up to Jimmy Walker and even Chris Stroud, who in the past was part of of the Player Advisory Council and who will now take part in LIV Golf Promotions, favoring it also due to the fact that "the Tour doesn't care about you if you are not among the top 30".

But it didn't end here.

Pga Players, statements

According to what was reported by the NoLayingUp profile, some players (who preferred to remain anonymous) circulated a petition among their colleagues, asking them to sign it if they were interested and agreed with its content.

The contents of the petition cover a wide range of aspects related to the management of the PGA Tour, including the allocation of FedEx points to Signature events versus full field events, the number of seats available for Signature Events, Player Impact Program, PGA Tour leadership, PGA Tour policy Board and Player Directors.

Currently, it is not possible to establish whether this petition will have a real follow-up or whether it is simply an attempted provocation. However, there is no doubt that it represents a clear message not only for the Commissioner, but also for the Tour's top players.

At the New York Times DealBook Summit, Jay Monahan, in no uncertain terms, said he is the best leader for the PGA Tour. In June of 2008, Monahan joined the PGA Tour as the executive director of The Players Championship. His role eventually evolved to Senior Vice President for Business Development in 2010, and by March 2013, Monahan was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, taking charge of numerous tasks including business development, corporate marketing and partnerships, sponsor relations, retail licensing, and media sales.

After serving as Deputy Commissioner for two years, Monahan was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

In November of 2016, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced his retirement, making way for Monahan to take over officially, two months later in January 2017.

A letter landed on Monahan's desk in February of 2022, from LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

The message conveyed the desire of players to participate in a new league while continuing to coexist with the PGA Tour. However, Monahan was unequivocal in his response, stating that he did not hold the same view. Following a successful run of LIV Golf events, the Department of Justice instigated an investigation into the PGA Tour for possible anti-competitive behavior and monopolization.

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