If the crowd at the Travelers’ Championship on Tuesday wasn’t a sign of serious times in the world of golf, the length of the meeting certainly was.
Tuesday’s near-full meeting with PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, which began at 7:30 a.m. ET, lasted over an hour and covered predictable topics ranging from the ongoing threat of LIV Golf to how the circuit’s fall schedule will be redesigned.
According to players at a meeting on Tuesday, Monahan outlined how the new fall schedule is progressing. The offer for the fall will include three to four major events for the Tour’s top players around the world, as well as a redesigned internal schedule that will be transformed into a qualifying series of sorts for next season.
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The Tour is also considering making changes to its regular season schedule, including increased fees and limited seats at existing events that will cater to the circuit’s top stars. Up to eight regular season events could be “improved” according to sources.
In addition, the commissioner reiterated the seemingly irreversible consequences for those players who joined LIV Golf, a Saudi-backed league that has already courted the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. The commissioner stressed that, according to many players, these players have no way back to the Tour.
“[Monahan] he seemed to be on a mission,” said one player who attended the meeting.
The tour indefinitely suspended 17 tour members earlier this month following the first LIV event in London, and the list appears to be growing as media reported on Tuesday that Brooks Koepka had agreed to join the rival scheme. Requests for comment from LIV Golf and Koepka representatives went unanswered.
Monahan had a political council meeting scheduled after the players’ meeting, and by the looks of it, the Tour is ready to take a closer look at what is currently being called a “strategic alliance” with the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour). In August 2021, the two tours began their alliance, and according to various sources, the PGA Tour is considering expanding its relationship with the DP World Tour, though Monaghan didn’t elaborate on Tuesday on exactly what the new partnership could look like. .
“He has so much to say,” said another player. “He can’t show his hand. Probably there were players [at Tuesday’s meeting] who will end up in LIV.”