Shortly after talking to the press ahead of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, Rory McIlroy informed PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan that he was stepping down from the PGA Tour Policy Board, citing “professional and personal commitments.”
The news was first reported by Ryan French of MondayQ.com, who’d obtained the memo sent from McIlroy to Monahan and posted it on ‘X’.
In an email sent to pga tour members Rory has resigned from the players advisory Board. pic.twitter.com/e8lLEMCsXZ
— Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) November 15, 2023
The news comes on the heels of comments made in his press conference in Dubai where the world number two, who’s been one of the strongest voices on the PGA Tour for some time now, revealed that he wasn’t exactly enjoying having a seat at the table as the PGA Tour continues to seek investment with the Saudi Public Investment Fund one of the parties involved.
“Not particularly, no,” he’d replied when asked if he was enjoying it. “Not what I signed for whenever I went on the board. But yeah, the game of professional golf has been in flux for the last two years.”
During McIlroy’s tenure as a Policy Board member which started in 2022, he was instrumental in the creation of the ‘elevated events’ now dubbed ‘signature events’ which saw prize money increases and helped counteract the huge financial incentives being offered to players to defect to LIV Golf.
The news also comes on the heels of a Monday board meeting memo delivered by Monahan updating players on board positions and on ongoing negotiations surrounding that framework agreement.
That memo informed them of the Tour’s desire to negotiate “toward a Definitive Agreement with PIF and the DP World Tour,” as well as laying out the investment interest from additional parties, and further announcing that Patrick Cantlay, whose one-year Player Director term was expiring, had been reappointed and would continue to serve from 2024-2026, taking his place alongside Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson, Peter Malnati, Charley Hoffman and McIlroy’s replacement who is expected to be appointed in the coming weeks.