PGA Tour Names Jay Monahan Deputy Commissioner; Could He Succeed Finchem?
The PGA Tour yesterday promoted CMO JAY MONAHAN to Deputy Commissioner, effective April 1. Monahan will report directly to PGA Tour Commissioner TIM FINCHEM (PGA Tour). The AP's Doug Ferguson noted Monahan's promotion is the "first indication of a possible successor" to Finchem, the "last person to hold that position" before being appointed commissioner in '94. Finchem in January '12 "signed a four-year extension" through '16 and suggested he "probably wouldn't stay" after that term. Monahan joined the Tour in '08 as director of The Players Championship and in March 2013 was promoted to CMO, "placing him in charge of corporate marketing and sponsor relations, one of the most critical positions on tour" (AP, 3/18). GOLFWEEK's Jim McCabe noted the "prevailing thought has been that Finchem could enjoy the last few years of his reign and groom a successor." But until Monahan was named to his new post, the "identity of that man was up for debate." PGA Tour Exec VP & Chief Global Communications Officer TY VOTAW and Exec VP/Championship Management & Tournament Business DAVID PILLSBURY were "often suggested, but it appears that Finchem has settled on Monahan." Ultimately, that decision "would rest with members of the PGA Tour's Policy Board." Finchem "wouldn't have a vote, though his recommendation would carry weight" (GOLFWEEK.com, 3/18). Golfer STEWART CINK said of the speculation Monahan will succeed Finchem, "On the outside, it looks like that. Come to think of it, that might look like that on the inside, too" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 3/19).