Jordan Spieth to serve remainder of Rory McIlroy’s term on PGA Tour Policy Board after retirement

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Jordan Spieth will replace Rory McIlroy as player director on the PGA Tour Policy Board, according to an email obtained by Golf Channel. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced the membership change Monday morning. The remaining five player directors – Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati and Webb Simpson – voted for Spieth to serve the remainder of McIlroy’s term through 2024.

“With Rory McIlroy stepping down from the PGA Tour Policy Board last week, in accordance with PGA Tour Championship Rules, the remaining five player directors have chosen Jordan Spieth to serve out the remainder of Rory’s term service that ends at the end of 2024,” Monahan wrote.

“Jordan has extensive experience in the management process of the Tour, having spent two years on the Players Advisory Council (2017-18) including PAC Chairman in 2018 and three years (2019-21 ) as Director of Players.

Spieth’s addition to the board comes as the PGA Tour continues talks with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to keep commercial operations under a new for-profit entity called PGA Tour Enterprises. A December 31 deadline for the deal was confirmed, although it was reported that it could be pushed back due to antitrust concerns and player demands.

McIlroy said time constraints were the main reason for his retirement. Between family, investments and golf, the four-time major champion could not pay enough attention to the growing discussions. McIlroy told the board that he resigned after the last meeting of the year this Monday.

“Something had to give,” McIlroy said at the DP World Tour Championship. “There are only so many hours in a day and only so many days in a week. I have a lot going on in my life right now between trying to be a player world class golf and trying to be a good husband and father I have a growing investment portfolio that is taking up more of my time I’m involved in TGL and kind of in the weeds with Besides, the policy board stuff was taking up more of my time than ever this year. I just felt like something had to give.”

The PGA Tour also announced last week that Valero Energy CEO Joe Gorder has been added to the board. Gorder will be the fifth independent director, replacing Randall Stephenson, who resigned in early July after raising concerns about the deal with the Saudi PIF.

Current PAC Chairman Adam Scott is slated to replace Hoffman in 2024. With the addition of Spieth, the PGA Tour policy board structure is as follows:

  • Player Managers: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Tiger Woods, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, Webb Simpson
  • Independent Directors: Ed Herlihy, Jimmy Dunne, Mark Flaherty, Ed Gorder, Mary Meeker, and Director of the PGA of America, John Lindert.

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