Mon­a­han ap­proved as new US PGA Tour com­mis­sioner

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Jay Mon­a­han was ap­pointed the new com­mis­sioner of the US PGA Tour on Mon­day by the group’s pol­icy board, tak­ing over on Jan­uary 1 when cur­rent com­mis­sioner Tim Finchem re­tires.

Mon­a­han, 47, has been the tour’s deputy com­mis­sioner since 2014 and work­ing for the tour in some fash­ion for the past eight years.

“Jay has proven him­self to be an out­stand­ing leader who has de­vel­oped an in­ti­mate knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the PGA Tour and a clear vi­sion for the fu­ture of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said pol­icy board chair­man Victor Ganzi. His move into the role had been ex­pected. Just as Finchem be­fore him, he served as deputy com­mis­sioner and was ap­pointed the tour’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer be­fore tak­ing the top job.

“I am greatly hon­ored by the trust the pol­icy board has shown in me,” Mon­a­han said. “Un­der Tim’s lead­er­ship, the PGA Tour has made re­mark­able progress, even in the most dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times.

“We’re now en­ter­ing a very im­por­tant time in our or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory and I know our ex­ec­u­tive team and I will draw upon and be in­spired by the in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Tim as we take ad­van­tage of the ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as face the chal­lenges, that are ahead.” Finchem, 69, has served more than 22 years in the job since re­plac­ing Deane Be­man on June 1, 1994. That same year, Tiger Woods won his first US Am­a­teur crown and served no­tice of the le­gendary golf ca­reer that would un­fold on Finchem’s watch. With fan in­ter­est in Woods driv­ing growth in the sport, Finchem was able to over­see record prize money, tour rev­enue and tele­vi­sion rat­ings. The Pres­i­dents Cup, pit­ting US play­ers against a non-Eu­ro­pean In­ter­na­tion­als squad, plus the World Golf Cham­pi­onships events and the cur­rent play­off sys­tem were all cre­ated dur­ing Finchem’s ten­ure.

“I have the high­est re­gard for Jay and have to­tal con­fi­dence in his abil­ity to lead the PGA Tour well into the fu­ture,” Finchem said. Mon­a­han is a former ex­ec­u­tive at IMG Worldwide and at Fen­way Sports Group, own­ers of Liver­pool foot­ball club in the English Pre­mier League and base­ball’s Bos­ton Red Sox. — AFP

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