Global Tour Talk Bubbles Up Again

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan Photo: Richard Heathcote, Getty Images

Like the idea of a Friends reunion show and an Anthony Kim comeback, the notion of a truly global golf tour has been floating around since before Greg Norman was taking shirtless selfies.

Now that the PGA Tour and the European Tour have announced what they are calling a strategic alliance, the idea of a global tour seems closer than it has been. It remains a long way off and we’re still in the “Are we there yet?” portion of a long trip. But, in golf terms, the ball is a little closer to the hole than it has ever been.

The essence of the announcement last Friday was more business-related than golf-centric, announcing PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan will become a member of the European Tour’s board of directors and the PGA Tour will be involved in global media rights, increasing the size-15 foothold of the PGA Tour while giving the European Tour a bodyguard of sorts.

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