PGA Tour’s Jay Monahan closes LIV Golf truce: ‘This card is off the table’

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In the midst of the ongoing battle between LIV Golf and PGA Tour, Commissioner Jay Monahan is focused on one thing – and that doesn’t include the armistice.

During the 2022 Presidential Cup broadcast, Monahan, Wednesday He told the golf channel That there are no plans to work with the Saudi-backed rival golf course in the future, apparently indicating the current climate, which includes a lawsuit initially brought by 11 former members of the PGA Tour.

Jay Monahan, PGA Tour Commissioner, speaks at a press conference during training for the Players Championship on March 8, 2022, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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“Listen, I think I’ve been very clear about this: I don’t expect that to happen,” Monahan said. “When you look at our place and think of words and deeds, We are currently in a lawsuit, So getting together and having conversations, for me, that card isn’t on the table, and that’s been for a long period of time.”

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In June, the PGA Tour sent a memo to its players announcing that Tour defectors would now be deemed ineligible to play in Tour events. This prompted Phil Mickelson and 10 other players to file a monopoly lawsuit that accused the tour of harming their jobs due to the suspension.

Since then, four players have withdrawn from the lawsuit, with Mickelson recently coming up with the idea of ​​abandoning it afterwards Live golf It announced last month that it had joined the legal battle.

Greg Norman speaks with Phil Mickelson during the LIV Golf Invitational - London on June 9, 2022 in St Albans, England.

Greg Norman speaks with Phil Mickelson during the LIV Golf Invitational – London on June 9, 2022 in St Albans, England.
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Monahan was also asked on Wednesday whether the biggest hurdle in aligning with LIV had more to do with the tour’s ties to Saudi Arabia or “golf considerations.” But he made it clear that the focus is on “where we are and where we are going.”

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“When you look at the PGA Tour, and you look at what we are today, and you look at what we are trying to achieve every day – what is our focus? To provide the best competitive platform for the best players in the world to achieve at the highest level, to win the tournaments that have a history, that have a tradition , which creates a legacy, and that’s what we’ll continue to do, and we’ll keep getting better at that, and he replied, “We’ll keep getting stronger at that.”

Jay Monahan during a press conference prior to the Tour Championships at East Lake Golf Club on August 24, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jay Monahan during a press conference prior to the Tour Championships at East Lake Golf Club on August 24, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“You have heard me say before that we will focus on the things we control; we have more assets at our disposal, stronger partnerships and we have The best players in the world He tells us that not only will they commit to playing more, but they are really looking to the organization to make that happen. It’s all about where we are and where we’re going, and again, I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities out there.”

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On the other side of the fairway, LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman was in Washington this week Meet with legislators To discuss the growing success of his tour, future investments, and anti-competitive actions the PGA Tour is believed to have taken.

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