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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How Close Is a Joint PGA-LPGA Event?

A recent post from Golf Digest's Dew Sweeper included this little bit of news amidst its collection of tidbits. I thought you might find it interesting.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan

Here's the part of the article that we're interested in:
The Zurich's success last spring spurred conversation regarding other outside-the-box tournaments the tour should implement, chief among them a mixed competition of PGA Tour and LPGA players. This talk arose again last week, its prospects advocated by LPGA commissioner Mike Whan. That Whan would proselytize on the matter is not surprising; the LPGA would greatly benefit from the heightened spotlight of the PGA Tour's platforms. However, the idea received further endorsement on Sunday, from a particularly influential voice.
“We’re very interested in getting the men and women together inside the ropes in the same week and in the same competition,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told media members on Sunday. “I think that’s something you’ll see in the future. It’s just a matter of time. That’s really exciting and interesting.”
The PGA Tour's revamped schedule is coming out shortly, but sources told Golf Digest that a mixed event is not currently on the table for next season. Conversely, both Monahan and Whan floated the theoretical tournament as an offseason possibility, one that could be happening in relative short order.
“They’re partners of ours,” Monahan said. “Generally speaking, that’s something we’d like to see.”
So at least the talks are still on. Let's hope it becomes more action and less talk very soon.

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