The PGA Tour announced Tuesday night that commissioner Jay Monaghan is “recuperating from a medical condition” and two other executives will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Tour for the time being.
of the tour 4 sentence statement The day comes a week after Monaghan, 53, announced that the tour had reached a partnership deal with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund that finances the LIV golf league, which has been clashing with Monaghan’s circuit for over a year. was.
Monaghan, who has been the tour’s commissioner since 2017, was one of the leading negotiators in the secret negotiations, but the deal sparked uproar among players and outrage in the Capitol. , There is also a view that the Department of Justice may try to block the agreement. In the face of overwhelming opposition to the deal, he has spent the past few days holding sessions with players he described as “hot”, controversial press conferences and a town hall with Tour employees in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. We have worked out countermeasures such as hall meetings. and a sharp letter to Congressmen in Washington.
The tour did not elaborate on Monaghan’s condition, but said the board “thanks everyone for their full support of Jay and respect for his privacy.”
The Tour did not give a timetable for Monaghan’s return, saying it would be led by circuit chief operating officer Ron Price and PGA Tour chairman Tyler Dennis in the interim.
“Our thoughts are with Jay and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery in his absence,” Price and Dennis said in a statement. “We have a strong and experienced leadership team in place and supporting our players and continuing our ongoing efforts to further lead the future of the PGA Tour and golf is our priority. “
Monaghan has been with the Tour since 2008, serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Director of Players Championship. After Monahan spent months denouncing the influx of Saudi money into men’s professional golf, a deal he helped broker this spring said the money-making elements of the PGA Tour, LIV Golf and the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) , a new company.
Monaghan will become its chief executive officer, while Yasir Al Rumayyan, president of the Saudi Wealth Fund, will take over as chairman. Monaghan and his deputies argued that the company’s structure, which allows for significant investment from Saudi Arabia, would give the PGA Tour ultimate authority over professional golf’s elite. But Al-Rumayyan’s role and the potential injection of large amounts of Saudi money have raised questions about the extent of Monahan’s mandate.
It’s unclear when the deal will be finalized, but the deal has been the subject of intense debate and skepticism among players at the US Open, which is due to start Thursday at the Los Angeles Country Club.