Jay Monahan Steps Away From Running PGA Tour Due To 'Medical Situation'

Jay Monahan has handed day-to-day operations of the PGA Tour over to two senior executives due to a medical problem

Jay Monahan speaks to the media before the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands
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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has stepped away from the day-to-day running of the organisation as he recovers from an undisclosed “medical condition”.

It’s been a turbulent time for the 53-year-old, who has recently brokered the huge deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) after a prolonged battle with LIV Golf.

The move caused uproar and even put pressure on Monahan’s position as PGA Tour commissioner with several players calling for him to resign during an angry meeting last week.

Now Monahan has had to hand over the running of the PGA Tour to two of his senior executives while he recovers from his medical problems.

“Jay Monahan informed the PGA Tour Policy Board that he is recuperating from a medical situation,” read a joint statement from Monahan and the PGA Tour Policy Board.

“The Board fully supports Jay and appreciates everyone respecting his privacy. During Jay’s absence, Ron Price, Chief Operating Officer, and Tyler Dennis, Executive Vice President & President, PGA Tour, will lead the day-to-day operations of the PGA Tour with the assistance of the great team Jay has built, ensuring seamless continuity.

“We will provide further updates as appropriate.”

Dennis and Price also released a statement to wish Monahan well and assure everyone that they could handle the running of the PGA Tour.

“Our thoughts are with Jay and his family during his absence, and we wish him a speedy recovery,” read their statement.

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"We have a strong and experienced leadership team in place and our priority is to support our players and continue the work under way to further lead the PGA Tour and golf's future."

Just ahead of the US Open, Jon Rahm was the latest player to voice a sense of betrayal the PGA Tour players feel after Monahan's deal with PIF boss Yasir Al-Rumayyan.

"I think it gets to a point where you want to have faith in management," said Rahm. "And I want to have faith that this is the best thing for all of us, but it's clear that that's not the consensus. 

"I think the general feeling is that a lot of people feel a bit of betrayal from management.”

The US Justice Department is reportedly looking into the deal, while several US politicians have also hit out at the move to join forces with the PIF.

Along with being labelled a hypocrite and coming under criticism from the families of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, it's been a hugely stressful time for Monahan, although it's not know if that was part of his medical problem.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.