Tuesday, July 23, 2024

The PLAYERS: Xander Schauffele sounds off on PGA Tour Commissioner

After PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan spoke to the press for the primary time since August, Xander Schauffele was subsequent in line within the media room.

Not even a minute of his press convention had handed, and Schauffele instantly fielded a query about Monahan’s management.

“I assume we are going to begin with a simple one,” Schauffele stated with a smile.

“Belief is one thing that’s fairly tender, so phrases are phrases. In my guide, [Monahan has] a protracted technique to go to achieve the belief of the membership… I’m positive he’s acquired the help of the board since they had been with him making a few of these selections, however for me personally, he’s acquired fairly a protracted technique to go.”

Schauffele has made comparable feedback earlier than.

Final summer season, forward of the Genesis Scottish Open, Schauffele admitted he had misplaced belief in Monahan. At that time, the commissioner had taken a go away of absence to handle nervousness stemming from the PGA Tour’s framework settlement with the Saudi Public Funding Fund (PIF), the beneficiary of LIV Golf.

Jay Monahan, PGA Tour, The PLAYERS Championship

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.
Picture by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures

“I don’t belief individuals simply,” Schauffele stated in July. “He had my belief, and he has loads much less of it now. So I don’t stand alone after I say that.”

Many different professionals have expressed comparable sentiments inside the previous yr, akin to Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffer.

And so they have motive to take action. Earlier than hanging a cope with the PIF, Monahan paraded the tour’s efforts whereas disparaging LIV Golf and all it stood for. He additionally leaned on 9/11 households, asking gamers on stay tv in 2022, “Have you ever ever needed to apologize for taking part in on the PGA Tour?”

Then, behind everybody’s backs, Monahan and a choose variety of PGA Tour leaders struck a cope with the PIF, hoping to deliver the sport again collectively once more.

That didn’t sit effectively with the gamers, and it nonetheless does to not today—nearly one yr later.

Nonetheless, Schauffele can solely management a lot.

“I haven’t actually put a complete lot of thought, actually, into what would make me be ok with this complete factor,” Schauffele added.

Xander Schauffele, PGA Tour, The Sentry

Xander Schauffele hits a tee shot throughout the remaining spherical of The Sentry in 2024.
Picture by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Pictures

“As I stated [at The Sentry in Maui], I actually put my head within the sand, and what would make me really feel good is to boost this trophy [at The PLAYERS] on Sunday. I haven’t actually thought an excessive amount of about alleviate the pains of a whole membership.”

Over the previous few years, Monahan has modified the construction of a handful of occasions. Often known as Signature Occasions for the 2024 season, these tournaments characteristic elevated purses, restricted fields, and sometimes no lower. The Arnold Palmer Invitational lately served because the fourth iteration of this idea this season.

However these modifications haven’t affected Schauffele’s method to making ready for an occasion.

“I don’t see myself making ready or serious about it any totally different than I did previous to the splitting of excursions,” Schauffele stated.

“I simply see much less of the fellows that I’m used to seeing after I first got here out on TOUR. In order that side is totally different. However my day-to-day is just about the identical. Nonetheless making an attempt to organize and win these occasions like I used to be prior.”

Regardless of these modifications and aversions inside the skilled sport, Schauffele nonetheless enjoys going to work daily. He loves taking part in golf. He loves his job, and on the finish of the day, that’s what issues probably the most to him.

“For me to come back and work and mess up after which strive once more or hit shot and try to validate it, to me, it’s the very best job on the earth,” Schauffele stated.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By. Make sure to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.

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