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Monahan: Man In Waiting?

As burning, frontline questions in our game go, “Who will replace Tim Finchem as PGA Tour commissioner?” falls somewhere below “Will Tiger win another major?” and “Is that Brandel Chamblee’s real hair?”
But given the influence the commissionership holds, and the fact that Finchem’s contract expires in 2016 when he will be 69 years old, the politics and power plays for the top spot in Ponte Vedra have become golf’s equivalent of House of Cards, an insider drama that is a guilty pleasure to watch.
The plot thickened on March 18 when Finchem announced that Jay Monahan, the former executive director of The Players Championship and the Tour’s Chief Marketing Officer, had been promoted to the
re-created position of Deputy Commissioner. The last person to hold that position was Finchem, who worked as Deane Beman’s deputy. Shortly after he ascended to the top spot, Finchem eliminated the deputy job. Reinstating it 20 years later has led to widespread speculation that Monahan is the Man in Waiting.
He certainly fits the bill. A former executive with Fenway Sports Management, Monahan also ran the Deutsche Bank Championship in his native New England before moving to Florida to take over the Players. He also will be 45 when Finchem’s contract runs out, the perfect age for a sport that likes to keep its commissioners for 20 years.


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