“Let’s be clear, I’m not naive. If this is an arms race and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can’t compete,” Monahan said during the interview. ‘a press conference. “The PGA Tour, an American institution, cannot compete with a foreign monarchy spending billions of dollars trying to buy the game of golf.”
Monahan said the Tour hosts “good and healthy” competition, but said the new Tour was an “irrational threat” and was not concerned with the “true growth” of the game.
So far, the various golf tours and organizations have worked together, he said.
“But when someone tries to buy the sport, dismantle the institutions that are inherently invested in its growth and focused only on a personal priority, that partnership evaporates and instead we end up with one person, an entity using endless sums of money to direct employees, not members or partners, toward their personal goal,” Monahan said. “That may or may not change tomorrow or the day after. I doubt that’s the vision either of us have for the game.”
In a note to players obtained by CNN, Monahan wrote that the Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship, WGC – Dell Technologies, Memorial Tournament, FedEx St. Jude Championship and BMW Championship would have millions added to their prize money, including several who will see 67% more in scholarships.
Monahan also said the PGA Tour will create a series of up to three international events that will include a limited field in a no-cut format. International events will take place after the end of the fall schedule and will include the top 50 players on the final FedEx Cup points list and the top fall players.
He revealed that the PGA Tour will return to a calendar year schedule culminating with the FedEx Cup Qualifiers, which will feature a smaller field of 70 players instead of the usual 125, followed by fall events that will determine the 125 top players.
The first full season of the new changes will begin in calendar year 2024.
Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, said he doesn’t think there is an amount of money that will change his mind about playing on the PGA Tour.
“The money we have on the PGA Tour, I never dreamed of playing for so much money like I do now,” he said. “I mean, I can’t, I don’t know, I don’t know how much money I made this year, but it’s definitely more than I deserve for hitting a little white golf ball. “
Scheffler said he wasn’t going to tell others what to do, but in the past doing things based on the money at stake hadn’t worked well for him.
Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson and former world number one Dustin Johnson are among those who took part in the inaugural LIV Golf event, while other major winners Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel also participated.
There are seven LIV events remaining this year, including an event in Portland that begins June 30 and a tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, with the first round on July 29.
CNN’s Steve Almasy, Wayne Sterling, Ben Morse and Aimee Lewis contributed to this report.