U.S. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monaghan, whose organization just announced a surprise merger with LIV Golf led by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF), has suddenly taken a medical leave of absence.

The PGA Tour says Monaghan is unable to fulfill his duties due to health issues, with Chief Operating Officer Ron Price and Senior Vice President Tyler Dennis jointly serving as acting commissioner.

Commissioner Monaghan, who has led the PGA Tour for six years since taking over in 2017, has been criticized for effectively selling out the PGA Tour to PIF following the announcement of the merger with LIV Golf.

Many players, especially those who resisted the lure of LIV Golf and stayed with the PGA Tour, felt betrayed, with some calling for Monaghan’s resignation.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), also put the brakes on the merger, asking Commissioner Monaghan for details on the background of the merger agreement and how the organization would be structured and operated after the merger.

In the midst of this, Commissioner Monaghan abruptly stepped down, citing health reasons, sparking speculation and questions about whether he was resigning.

먹튀검증 However, the PGA Tour said in a statement, “Mr. Monaghan informed the Board that he is in the process of recovering his health. The Board of Directors fully supports Commissioner Monaghan,” dismissing the possibility of a resignation, but not clarifying when he would return to work.

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