Monahan reassured European golf fans of the strength of the DP World Tour, discussed changes to the PGA Tour schedule and addressed LIV Golf’s bid for world ranking status by the OWGR.
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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan insists their strategic alliance with the DP World Tour benefits golf fans around the world and the partnership helps grow the game.
The two tours announced an expansion of their partnership in June, ensuring prize fund growth on the DP World Tour and providing its members with a direct route to earning PGA Tour cards.
“Our alliance will continue to take shape and serve to benefit golf fans across Europe and the world,” Monahan said. sky sports. “The DP World Tour and Keith Pelley are going to play an important role in it.
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“We will continue to talk about ways to continue adding value and strength to the DP World Tour.
“I come from BMW [PGA Championship]coming from Italy, looking at the weeks ahead, looking at the strength of ticket sales, there’s tremendous momentum behind the work we’re doing.
“If you are a fan of professional golf at the highest level, bringing these two circuits together will continue to benefit you. That is what we serve, and we will continue to do so.”
The PGA Tour will return to a calendar year schedule in 2024 and has the assurance of the best players in the world to compete in elevated events, with Monahan confident the change can benefit golf fans.
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“We’re going to find out where the best players on the PGA Tour, the best players in the world, are playing over the course of the season,” Monahan added. “We also know that they will be announcing additional events to their schedule in an already truncated schedule.
“You are going to have more heat, more intensity at the heart of the competitive framework of our calendar – around the major championships.
“It follows what fans have continued to see and experience on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour – that excitement that continues to build and sustain the growth of this game.”
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The PGA Tour and DP World Tour have seen some members take part in the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series in recent months, although Monahan believes the PGA Tour is still the sport’s main tour.
“It’s our job to continue to listen to the fan, to continue to listen to our members, and to continue to do everything we can to produce a highly competitive platform with competitive integrity,” Monahan added.
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“The criticism, for me, I accept because at the end of the day, having the support of the best players in the world, having them own their tour and giving them a direction that they think – from a point of view competitive – will help the tour grow and become stronger.
“If you adopt it, then you shouldn’t be in this seat.”
Monahan is a board member of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), all LIV Golf members who attended the latest event in Chicago sent a joint letter to President Peter Dawson urging him to donate to the Tour d escaped world ranking status.
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“I think as far as World Ranking Points and LIV go, it’s up to the official World Golf Rankings table,” Monahan explained. “I am not in a position to comment on their candidacy.
“If you have any questions with their application, they are better served to answer them.
“I think the criteria are well established. They’ve been in place for a long time and have served this game extremely well. At this point, I haven’t engaged in those conversations.”