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Jay Monahan Coldly Abandoned Loyal Ally Rory McIlroy Amid PGA Tour Disharmony; This is why

“He still has a long way to go to win the trust of the members.” – said a fed-up Xander Schauffele about Jay Monahan after the PGA Tour and PIF revealed they were in secret negotiations at the RBC Canadian Open. However, circuit members are divided in opinion, with Rory McIlroy always siding with the commissioner. But it appears his loyalty has not been reciprocated by the 54-year-old.

The Northern Irishman was all set to return to the PGA Tour Policy Board following Webb Simpson’s resignation, until recently when board members refused to give their approval. Meanwhile, Monahan himself had a reason ready for why McIlroy wasn’t reinstated, even going on to make it clear that this was just the Tour. “governance process” to ensure continuity in discussions with PIF!

Jay Monahan’s reason for Rory McIlroy’s disapproval

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“Today’s news is in no way a commentary on Rory’s important perspective and influence,” the PGA Tour commissioner said as he referred to his position on the return of the defectors without punishment. As he continued, he continued by saying how “It’s just a matter of sticking to our (sic) board process that allows a tour player to become a board member.” Apparently, when a player director steps down from his position, the other golfers in the body must agree, albeit unanimously, on the successor, similar to how Jordan Spieth was selected to replace the 35-year-old McIlroy.

Furthermore, he emphasized the need for Simpson to remain in his position as significant progress was made in negotiations with PIF; “The fact that Webb will remain a member of the PGA Tour Enterprises Policy Board and Board until the end of his term provides the continuity needed at this crucial time. We work as a collective to remain open to all avenues that move the TOUR forward, in the best interests of our players, our partners and, most importantly, our fans.” It appears that the 38-year-old will have to remain on the board until his term ends in 2025.

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In the meantime, such a response from Monahan inevitably paints a picture in which the commissioner was not grateful to Rory McIlroy for everything he said and did for him. Especially because the professional had expressed his support for the official during the PLAYERS Championship and had indicated that he was the right man to lead the Tour (again). He also highlighted SSG’s $3 billion investment and partnership with the European circuit that will provide more membership opportunities for fellow players; “Yes, I think so. Look at what Jay has done since he took over. The media rights deal, getting us through COVID, the strategic alliance with the DP World Tour. I would say setting up PGA TOUR Enterprises … When you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, I think the PGA TOUR is in a much stronger position than when Jay took over.”

This wasn’t the only time he showed his support for the circuit commissioner. He had gone ahead and signaled his full confidence in Monahan after the merger was announced at the RBC Canadian Open.

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McIlroy’s unwavering support for Monahan

Although calls for the PGA Tour commissioner to resign were rampant and the deal left him feeling like he was… “Sacrificial lamb”McIlroy did not waver in his convictions when he said the official was the right man for the job. “I’ve been with Jay a lot closer than a lot of those guys,” the golfer said, alluding to those upset about the surprise merger. “From where we were a few weeks ago to where we are now, I think the future of the PGA Tour as a whole is brighter. “

USA Today via Reuters

At the time, he also understood the anger among professionals as a result of the deal. Yet Rory McIlroy did not shy away from his supportive attitude while heaping praise on the commissioner; “I have confidence in him (Monahan). I think you ask the people around him who deal with him in a business sense, are they the directors of the PGA Tour board. or the title sponsors he deals with, I mean he seems to be a very impressive person when it comes to business.

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Anyway, even after everything that happened, with the Northern Irishman being denied to join the board and Monahan sharing the same reason, one thing cannot be denied. He will certainly have a say and remain involved in an unofficial capacity, thanks to the amount of influence McIlroy has in the game (remember PIP?) and his 2 years of experience on the board!