'We've Struck A Nice Balance' - PGA Tour Commissioner On New Schedule

Jay Monahan spoke to Sky Sports about the new designated events and how their 2024 schedule strikes a nice balance

Monahan chats to the media at The Players Championship
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Speaking in an exclusive with Sky Sports, PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, believes that "We've (the PGA Tour) struck a nice balance of keeping the same number of designated events, strengthening our entire season, and raising the competitive bar out here for every single player on the PGA Tour."

At the beginning of March, the Designated Event Model was introduced with select designated events offering reduced fields of between 70 to 80 players with no cut. This has caused a huge stir with fellow professionals and even caused one pro to state "our opinion didn’t matter."

Monahan answers questions in a press conference next to the Players Championship trophy

Monahan at The Players Championship

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It's not just fans who are confused by the changes but, according to Monahan, "the fans have responded very favourably to it and our sponsors are certainly excited by it. Any time you make changes you're certainly going to have critics, and we understand that."

He went on to add: "If you look where we were in the summer last year, where a lot of people had a lot of questions about the designated events. Now, almost every single Saturday and Sunday we've had an unbelievable and at times dizzying leaderboard, with players having a chance to win.

"That's what I'm most excited about - the competitive fabric of it. The best players in the world want to play together more often, they want to beat each other, and every player has the ability and the opportunity - based on performance - to compete."

Rory McIlroy takes a shot at the 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Recently, Eddie Pepperell stated that those who don't qualify for the new designated events on the PGA Tour 'will likely give LIV more consideration'. This is due to the fact that those who don't finish inside the top 50 of the FedEx Cup will not qualify for the high-purse designated events.

However, Monahan reiterated the point that: "If I'm a fan of the PGA Tour, I know at the beginning of the year where the top players are going to be playing over the course of the year and I know that I'm seeing more of that than I've ever seen before."

The PGA Tour Commissioner also claimed that "it's really important to stress the only way you're playing in the designated events is by your performance and you've got to be top 50 the previous year or the hottest player the current year.

"That doesn't, in any way, take away from all of our events because, by having these fields limited, then the strength across the schedule, the storylines that develop and the stars that will come forward will continue in some really inspiring ways."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

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Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

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