Jay Monahan on PGA Tour changes and fan reactions
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The PGA Tour is ready for huge changes that will be implemented in the near future. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan emphasized that the PGA Tour wants to make even more progress with the recent moves. They want to raise the bar to a higher level.
"We've struck a nice balance of keeping the same number of designated events, strengthening our entire season, and raising the competitive bar out here for every single player on the PGA Tour," Monahan said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"The fans have responded very favourably to it and our sponsors are certainly excited by it. Any time you make changes you're certainly going to have critics, and we understand that." Although fans complain that the lower-ranked golfers will have less chance to show what they can do, Monahan is happy because he believes that the top players bring an extra excitement factor.
"If you look where we were in the summer last year, where a lot of people had a lot of questions about the designated events. Now, almost every single Saturday and Sunday we've had an unbelievable and at times dizzying leaderboard, with players having a chance to win.
That's what I'm most excited about - the competitive fabric of it. The best players in the world want to play together more often, they want to beat each other, and every player has the ability and the opportunity - based on performance - to compete."
Jay Monahan talks about designated events
He also commented on designated events and what they entail.
"If I'm a fan of the PGA Tour, I know at the beginning of the year where the top players are going to be playing over the course of the year and I know that I'm seeing more of that than I've ever seen before," Monahan said.
"It's really important to stress the only way you're playing in the designated events is by your performance and you've got to be top 50 the previous year or the hottest player the current year. That doesn't in any way take away from all of our events because by having these fields limited then the strength across the schedule, the storylines that develop and the stars that will come forward will continue in some really inspiring ways."