Saturday, July 13, 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’ll 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 option to go to realize the belief of the membership… I’m certain he’s acquired the assist of the board since they had been with him making a few of these selections, however for me personally, he’s acquired fairly an extended option to go.”

Schauffele has made related 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.
Photograph 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 once I say that.”

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

And so they 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 reside tv in 2022, “Have you ever ever needed to apologize for enjoying 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 deliver the sport again collectively once more.

That didn’t sit effectively with the gamers, and it nonetheless does to not at the present time—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 entire factor,” Schauffele added.

Xander Schauffele, PGA Tour, The Sentry

Xander Schauffele hits a tee shot throughout the last spherical of The Sentry in 2024.
Photograph 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 boost this trophy [at The PLAYERS] on Sunday. I haven’t actually thought an excessive amount of about the right way to alleviate the pains of a whole membership.”

Over the previous few years, Monahan has modified the construction of a handful of occasions. Referred to as Signature Occasions for the 2024 season, these tournaments function elevated purses, restricted fields, and sometimes no minimize. The Arnold Palmer Invitational not too long ago served because the fourth iteration of this idea this season.

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

“I don’t see myself getting ready or interested by 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 once 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 attempting to arrange and win these occasions like I used to be prior.”

Regardless of these modifications and aversions inside the skilled recreation, Schauffele nonetheless enjoys going to work day-after-day. He loves enjoying 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 attempt once more or hit shot and attempt to validate it, to me, it’s the very best job on the earth,” Schauffele stated.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. You’ll want 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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