You receive an email from the head of the company you work at and what’s the first thing you’d do?
Naturally, you’d open the email for fear, in a worse-case scenario, that you’ve lost your job.
That wasn’t the case, however, for some of the top-ranked Americans plying their trade on the PGA Tour when asked ahead of this week’s Saudi International if they’ve read an email sent to them by PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan.
With the golf world abuzz with talk of the establishment of a new breakaway British-based Premier Golf League (PGL), a proposed 18-event series to feature 42 of the world’s best players, Monahan’s clearly seeking to nip in the bud talk of a breakaway series by writing to each and every PGA Tour player.
The PGL is the first plans for a ‘breakaway’ series since late 1994 when Greg Norman was lambasted by then PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem over suggestions of establishing an eight-event ‘World Golf Championship’ series of events that bizarrely Finchem would then adopt in 1999 when Norman was no longer on the regular PGA Tour.
It’s not known what was in Monahan’s email to every member of the PGA Tour but we do know it was not an ‘ultimatum’ email but more of an ‘information’ email.
However, not everyone under the PGA Tour umbrella was all that keen to read Monahan’s believed to be long-winded electronic message:
Dustin Johnson – “From what I was told, I got an email recently. I haven’t read it yet. Probably read it right after this press conference.”
Brooks Koepka – “I saw the email last night before I was going to bed … but I just couldn’t know enough to genuinely have an opinion or know –know enough to speak on it.”
Patrick Reed – “I actually saw it for the first time last night and I didn’t — I didn’t read it after I got done with my obligations. Like I said, I don’t know enough about it, and I would need to do a deeper dive to make any comments about it.”