Charismatic golfer Rory McIlroy, who had been a strong and consistent advocate for the PGA Tour, shockingly resigned from his position as a player director on the Tour’s Policy Board, leaving a year remaining in his term.
Upon McIlroy’s departure, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan disclosed that Jordan Spieth, a talented golfer, has been selected by the five remaining player directors to fulfill the rest of McIlroy’s term, which ends in 2024. Golf Channel was the first to report this update.
Spieth, aged 30, who was previously a member of the Tour’s Player Advisory Council and served as PAC Chairman, has taken on the responsibility to complete McIlroy’s tenure. Having achieved 13 wins on Tour, Spieth now joins other player directors Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, Webb Simpson, and Tiger Woods. Meanwhile, Adam Scott, the current PAC Chairman, will replace Hoffman as a player director in 2024.
As McIlroy, 34, had been an outspoken supporter of the Tour during a time of significant change, his departure comes as a shock to many. Having served on the Player Advisory Council and as the PAC Chairman, McIlroy has been deeply involved in the Tour’s leadership for the last two years. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Policy Board Chairman Ed Herlihy expressed their understanding and respect for McIlroy’s decision to step down and focus on his game and family.
The news of Spieth replacing McIlroy has sparked diverse opinions, especially given the turbulent time. While the current player directors believe Spieth to be the right choice, other outspoken players, like Lanto Griffin for example, might have differing views on the matter.
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