Report: PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan Forgoing Salary During Coronavirus Hiatus

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 21, 2020

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 13:  Jay Monahan, PGA Tour Commissioner, addresses the media regarding the cancellation of The PLAYERS Championship and consecutive events through April 5, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as seen at the TPC Stadium course on March 13, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan will be forgoing his salary indefinitely as men's professional golf pauses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, per Eamon Lynch of Golfweek.

Monahan earned $3.9 million in bonuses and incentive payments during 2017, which Lynch noted was the last year in which the organization's tax filing was publicly available.

In addition, Monahan's senior management team will take 25 percent pay cuts, and the rest of the PGA Tour staff will have their salaries frozen.

The PGA Tour has been forced to cancel numerous tournament and postpone others, as noted by Lynch:

"The Tour has been forced to pull the plug on eight scheduled tournaments and postpone another three. It has also canceled events on its five other Tours, including the PGA Tour Champions and the Korn Ferry Tour. In total, 17 tournaments have been canceled and another 20 postponed, with no guarantee they will be played at a future date."

The PGA Tour's last round this season occurred at the Players Championship on Thursday, March 13. They initially decided to play through the weekend without fans after letting people in at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on the first day, but the decision was made to cancel the rest of the tournament before play began Friday.

Professional golf has joined a litany of other sports canceled or postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a timetable for returning to play still very much up in the air as countries worldwide combat the disease.

The next scheduled PGA Tour tournament on the docket is the Charles Schwab Challenge from May 21-24. The U.S. Open is the next scheduled major from June 18-21.

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