Monday, April 15, 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 straightforward one,” Schauffele stated with a smile.

“Belief is one thing that’s fairly tender, so phrases are phrases. In my guide, [Monahan has] an extended strategy to go to achieve the belief of the membership… I’m positive he’s received the assist of the board since they have been with him making a few of these choices, however for me personally, he’s received fairly an extended strategy to go.”

Schauffele has made related feedback earlier than.

Final summer time, 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 anxiousness 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 Photographs

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

Many different professionals have expressed related sentiments inside the previous 12 months, equivalent to Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffer.

They usually have cause to take action. Earlier than placing a take care of 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 take care of the PIF, hoping to convey the sport again collectively once more.

That didn’t sit nicely with the gamers, and it nonetheless does to not today—virtually one 12 months later.

Nonetheless, Schauffele can solely management a lot.

“I haven’t actually put an entire 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 through the remaining spherical of The Sentry in 2024.
Picture by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photographs

“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 lift this trophy [at The PLAYERS] on Sunday. I haven’t actually thought an excessive amount of about the way to alleviate the pains of a complete membership.”

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

However these modifications haven’t affected Schauffele’s strategy to getting ready for an occasion.

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

“I simply see much less of the blokes that I’m used to seeing after I first got here out on TOUR. In order that facet 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 day by day. He loves taking part in golf. He loves his job, and on the finish of the day, that’s what issues essentially the most to him.

“For me to come back and work and mess up after which strive once more or hit an excellent shot and attempt to validate it, to me, it’s the most effective job on the planet,” Schauffele stated.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in Via. Be sure you try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as nicely.



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