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Monahan Says No Plans To Move The Players To March; Tour-Owned Network Not In Works

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan this morning said there are no current plans to shift The Players from May to March. He said, "That's certainly been part of the consideration set, but right now we're focused on making The Players the best it can possibly be in May.” Monahan also said that while he admires other stick and ball sports that operate their own networks, he is not heavily focused on creating a PGA Tour network. “We have great partners and a great partner in Golf Channel, NBC and CBS,” he said. “We're totally focused on doing everything we can to continue to develop and grow and expect to be in partnership with them for a long time to come. As it relates to owning your own network, that's a very complicated subject, and that's not something we're spending a lot of time on. We're focused on right now and building our base and being a great partner to those that we're in business with.” Monahan was pleased with the change to a team format at last month's Zurich Classic and saw the recent GolfSixes team event on the European Tour as an indication of change in the sport. “For the last two days out here, it's been a point of conversation with every guy that played in it and certainly others that didn't play in it that were really impressed with the results,” Monahan said of the Zurich Classic. “So I think that that is all positive. I think that the GolfSixes, like the Zurich Classic that preceded it, are examples of leaders in the game and organizations in the game demonstrating a willingness to try new formats and try and build fan bases.”