If the fans at the Tour Championship are any indicator, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has a low approval rating. Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Aug 27, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan waits on the 18th green during the final round of the TOUR Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

How do the fans think that Jay Monahan is doing as commissioner of the PGA Tour? If the fans at the Tour Championship are any indicator, Monahan’s approval rating is low.

As is custom for commissioners at season-ending championship events, Monahan was at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the Tour Championship. During the post-tournament ceremony, Monahan was introduced by CBS’ Amanda Renner to say a few words before bringing Viktor Hovland out to receive the championship trophy.

Monahan’s first words were, “I want to start off by thanking all the great fans of the PGA Tour.” Moments before that, the fans let Monahan know that the feeling was not mutual, soundly booing him.

Boos are not at all common at PGA Tour tournaments. Even events like the Ryder Cup, which have a more conventional home team versus road team dynamic, you’re more likely to hear bad shots from the visiting team get cheered than boos.

Golf fans took notice of the negative reaction to Monahan. And for the most part, they were fine with it.

The foundation of LIV Golf put Monahan in a greater spotlight than most PGA Tour commissioners have ever experienced. But after generally taking hard-line stances against LIV and the golfers who defected from the PGA Tour, a surprising merger was announced in June. The partnership was highly criticized by golfers and politicians.

That frustration seems to still linger for at least some of the PGA Tour’s paying customers.


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