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NEWS: New PGA Tour Commissioner Talks Schedule, FedEx Cup Playoffs And More

New PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

LAHAINA, HAWAII – In his first week as commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan took a moment Saturday morning to stand on the clubhouse steps at Kapalua’s Plantation Course and take in the view.

So much to see.


So much to do.

During a one-hour session with media members Saturday, Monahan touched on a variety of subjects.

On possibly restructuring the Tour schedule by moving the Players Championship to March and the PGA Championship to May:

If we’re going to make any changes, it’s going to take time. It’s not like this is the first time we’re analyzing our schedule. We’re always analyzing our schedule and thinking about what’s the right flow for the season, and we’ve heard from a number of people that it would make sense for us to complete the FedEx Cup playoffs prior to the start of the NFL season, and we think there’s a lot of merit to that.

“But to do that requires some shifting and some movement, and I think that’s fairly obvious to all of us. That requires us to look at the Players Championship, and (PGA of America CEO) Pete (Bevacqua) had been very transparent about the fact that they’re analyzing their schedule, so they’re looking at their schedule.

“But it’s not a decision that’s going to say, ‘You know what? This is the change we’re going to make.’ Everybody has got to adapt to it. Our responsibility is to work very closely with the PGA of America, and it’s got to work for everybody, including our media partners, and our tournaments that would be affected by it. So we haven’t made a decision on what we’re going to do.”

On the likelihood of having three (rather than four) FedEx Cup playoff events in the future:

“If we were to execute the schedule that I just mentioned, I think it’s likely.”

On whether he will seek Finchem’s counsel:

“I absolutely will. I think it would be a disservice to the organization if I didn’t.”

On bringing an event back to Doral and/or the Miami area:

“We have people on the ground to figure out how do we get back to Miami. What are our options. We’ll speak to the Trump organization and continue to talk to them about ways we can do business together.

“I think it’s highly likely. It’s really a matter of time.”

On possibly announcing fines or suspensions outside of drug-testing violations going forward:

“I know there is a desire to know everything that happens but we’re a family. If there is an issue in your family you deal with it with your family. That has worked really well for us. If it weren’t we’d be making changes.”

On whether he Tweets:

“I do not tweet. Yet… There are no plans in place, but I would never say never.”

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