Two major champions from this season voiced support for PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan ahead of the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship.
Masters winner Jon Rahm and British Open Champion Golfer of the Year Brian Harman were both asked about Monahan during their pre-tournament news conferences Tuesday.
“I think Jay is a very qualified leader for our organizations,” Harman said.
“I think he should have the opportunity right now to finish this off the way he did,” Rahm said. “I think we’re quickly forgetting how well he managed a lot of things. He did an amazing job in COVID and kept a lot of people employed.”
Tuesday night at TPC Southwind, however, only about 25 PGA Tour pros showed up to a meeting with Monahan, according to Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press.
Rickie Fowler was one of them, according to the report. He told AP:
There’s still a whole lot that no one really knows, and we don’t know. It’s just continuing to trust that leadership and everyone is doing what’s best for all of us and the tour moving forward. Some of that was talked about in calls before this. There really wasn’t that many guys in the meeting, or less than I thought there would have been.
Monahan sent a memo to the Tour membership about a week ago in which he offered some updates on the PGA Tour, including news about the framework agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Tom Hoge was also in attendance during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting in Memphis, which he said went about 90 minutes, but indicated there were still no definitive answers to many questions.
“It was good just to have Jay there in front of us, see him again and see that he’s doing well,” he said. “Who knows what the path is going forward? I’ll guess we’ll just wait and see.”