PGA Tour Commissioner Rules Out Ever Linking Up With LIV Golf

Jay Monahan said that the legal action taken by the Saudi-backed series means the two will never work together

Commissioner Jay Monahan has ruled out the PGA Tour ever working together with LIV Golf
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Any hopes that the rivalry between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf will end around the negotiating table with the two working together have been ruled out by Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

Speaking to Brandel Chamblee and Paul McGinley on the Golf Channel ahead of this week’s President’s Cup, the PGA Tour chief said the possibility of the two organisations working together is off the table, and has been for some time.

“I think I’ve been pretty clear on this, I don’t see it happening,” said Monahan. “When you look at where we are and you think about words and actions, we are currently in a lawsuit, so coming together and having conversations, to me that card is off the table and has been for a long period of time.”

World No.4 Patrick Cantlay is among those who have predicted the two organisations getting together to reach a mutually beneficial resolution but after Norman last week appeared to rule that out from the LIV side, Monahan is also standing firm.

He said: “When you look at the PGA Tour and you look at where we are today and you look at what it is that we try and accomplish every single day, what’s our focus - to put the best competitive platform forward for the best players in the world to achieve at the highest level, to win the championships that have history, that have tradition, that create legacy. And that is what we are going to continue to do, and we’re going to continue to get better at it, we’re going to continue to get stronger at it. 

“You’ve heard me say before that we’re going to focus on the 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 also share that, they’re really looking at the organisation to accomplish that. So it’s all about where we are and where we’re going.”

LIV players are ineligible to play in this week’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow, which sees an American team face an International team made up of the best players outside of Europe. LIV’s next event is next month at the new Stonehill Golf Course near Bangkok, Thailand.

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Jeff Kimber
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Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!