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PGA Commissioner Now Dealing With Mysterious Medical Condition Amid Massive Backlash Following Controversial Partnership With LIV Golf

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan addresses the crowd during the DraftKings Sportsbook groundbreaking ceremony at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Alex Gould/The Republic Pga Sportsbook Groundbreaking At Tpc Scottsdale

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has been dealing with quite a bit in the last few weeks.

The PGA Tour struck a deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to merge commercial operations and immediate backlash would follow.

The PGA Tour-LIV Golf news will be the talk leading up to the opening round of the U.S. Open Thursday, but in the meantime, Monahan is now recovering from “medical situation.”

The news came by way of a joint statement from Monahan and the PGA Tour Policy Board on Tuesday night. The statement added that in Monahan’s absence, chief operating officer Ron Price and executive vice president and president Tyler Dennis will take over the “day-to-day operations” of the circuit.

“Jay Monahan informed the PGA Tour Policy Board that he is recuperating from a medical situation,” the statement read. “The Board fully supports Jay and appreciates everyone respecting his privacy. [Price and Dennis] will lead the day-to-day operations of the PGA Tour with the assistance of the great team Jay has built, ensuring seamless continuity. We will provide further updates as appropriate.”

“Jay Monahan is a leader in our sport and a friend to so many across the golf industry,” Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jay and his family during this time, and we wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.”

Mohanan might be under a ton of stress over the intense scrutiny he has had to deal with after the PGA Tour’s stunning announcement June 6 that it was forming an alliance with the DP World Tour and the LIV Golf League. Many prominent golfers stuck by the PGA while shunning LIV Golf who offered them millions. Now, many of them missed out on a huge payday for no reason at all.

Monahan took over as PGA Tour commissioner in January 2017, replacing Tim Finchem, who had led the circuit since 1994.

He is the fourth commissioner in the history of the PGA Tour.


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