PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan reiterates punishment for any participant becoming a member of rival tour, say sources
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When the specter of a competing world tour emerged in early 2020, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan despatched a transparent message to his membership. On Tuesday at Quail Hole Membership he leaned into that message, in keeping with sources who attended a player-only assembly with the commissioner.
Following a report Tuesday that the Saudi Arabian-backed “Tremendous Golf League” had supplied $30 million contracts to a few of the Tour’s prime gamers – together with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson – Monahan reiterated that any participant who joins the start-up circuit will face fast suspension and sure everlasting expulsion from the Tour.
The Telegraph Sport reported Tuesday that the Tremendous Golf League, which had been often called the Premier Golf League, was pushing prime gamers to decide to the circuit, which might function F1-style groups and a global schedule with plans to begin play in September 2022.
BY Rex Hoggard
— Might 4, 2021 at 3:25 PM
After a report surfaced relating to enormous monetary provides from the Premier Golf League, Webb Simpson spoke his thoughts.
Monahan acknowledged the brand new league poses a aggressive menace and that the Tour was conscious that officers from the proposed circuit have been recruiting lots of the recreation’s prime gamers the previous couple of weeks in Florida. He additionally echoed his promise to guard the Tour and its gamers and sponsors.
In keeping with one participant who attended the assembly, Monahan stated he was not conscious of any communication between officers with the Tremendous Golf League and any of the most important championships or varied media firms that is perhaps included in a brand new broadcast settlement.
The commissioner additionally addressed the Participant Impression Program, which was created this 12 months, and defined that the initiative is designed to encourage prime gamers to change into extra invested within the Tour and fan engagement.
This system, which shall be primarily based on a number of measurements together with a participant’s Q-rating and social media engagement, is designed to reward the Tour’s most impactful gamers through a $40 million bonus pool.