Tuesday, July 23, 2024

The PLAYERS: Jay Monahan insolently addresses Anthony Kim sore spot

The PGA Tour’s unofficial fifth main is right here, with the fiftieth PLAYERS Championship kicking off Thursday.

Forward of the motion, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan confronted the media for a prolonged press convention.

Understandably, a lot of the questioning surrounded the negotiations with the Saudi Public Funding Fund (PIF) and bringing the sport collectively once more. Nonetheless, he was reluctant to offer any particulars on the subject.

Monahan did nonetheless reply questions on Anthony Kim’s return to golf. Upon being requested if he had any conversations with Kim referring to him returning to the PGA Tour, Monahan took an attention-grabbing method.

“I didn’t have direct conversations with Anthony. Members of our crew did, and so they very clearly laid out what it might take for him to earn his means again to the PGA TOUR. I’m glad that Anthony is wholesome and properly, and we want him properly,” Monahan stated curtly.

THE PLAYERS Championship - Preview Day 2, Jay Monahan

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He was then requested whether or not he would have favored to see Kim return and the way sponsors might line up for him.

“I might have favored to see him compete to make his means again to the Tour… He’s not a member of the PGA Tour, so I don’t have something additional so as to add.”

Rumors surfaced earlier this 12 months that Kim was planning a return to skilled golf after greater than a decade away from the game.

He was a rising star and a fan favourite when he final competed.

Finally, Kim determined to affix LIV Golf. Regardless of struggling mightily upon his return, Kim posted a unbelievable spherical of golf Sunday at LIV Golf Hong Kong.

Kim was the most recent golf expertise to go away the PGA Tour behind for the rival Saudi-funded league. Reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm shockingly switched sides in December and was rapidly adopted by Tyrrell Hatton.

Monahan refused to reply whether or not he was involved about different high names being poached as negotiations with the PIF proceed. As an alternative, he saved deal with pondering positively {that a} deal will in the end get achieved.

As extra large names depart the Tour, so too does Monahan’s leverage. The strain is on.

Kendall Capps is the Senior Editor of SB Nation’s Enjoying By. For extra golf protection, comply with us @_PlayingThrough on all main social media platforms.

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