Tour Commish Jay Monahan Says PGA Truce With LIV Series Is “Off the Table”
"I don’t see it happening," said PGA Tour head Jay Monahan
With verbal shots being fired consistently at weekly golf tournaments at home and abroad, the war of words between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has been fought for months on end. Based on what PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan had to say during an appearance on the Golf Channel’s Live From set at the Presidents Cup, don’t expect a white flag to be waved anytime soon.
Asked by the crew if he could see any sort of peace or alliance between the two tours in the future, Monahan was fairly blunt about the prospect of a PGA truce with LIV. “Listen, I think I’ve been pretty clear on this: I don’t see it happening,” Monahan said. “When you look at where we are, and you think about words and actions, we’re currently in a lawsuit, so coming together and having conversations, to me, that card is off the table and it has been for a long period of time.”
While some might feel otherwise, a PGA truce with LIV would be somewhat of a step backward as opposed to a move toward the future, Monahan indicated. “You’ve heard me say before that we’re going to focus on things that we control; we have more assets at our disposal, stronger partnerships and we have the best players in the world telling us that not only are they going to commit to play more, but they’re really looking at the organization to accomplish that,” he said. “It’s all about where we are and where we’re going, and again, I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities there.”
One of the possibilities Monahan could be excited about is the prospect of 20-year-old Tom Kim, who earned temporary Tour status with a third-place finish at the Scottish Open and captured the Wyndham Championship a month later, becoming the PGA’s next superstar following a breakout performance at the Presidents Cup.
One of the bright spots for a flawed International team that is sorely missing its banned LIV golfers, Kim has quickly become a fan favorite and appears poised to be a fixture for the PGA Tour, not LIV, moving forward.
“Success has come quickly for Kim, but ego hasn’t followed,” according to Golf.com. “His personality remains joyfully unbothered by the enormity of the life before him — as it should be, for a player still 10 months away from his first legal drink. It’s as if he doesn’t realize yet what everyone around him at the Presidents Cup has already accepted as fact: soon, he won’t be a stranger to anyone.”
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