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The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that Jay Monahan is the new deputy commissioner. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.What's happening? Just released, Jay Monahan CMO, chief marketing officer for the PGA Tour will be announced is being announced right now as the next deputy commissioner for the PGA Tour and this is people outside the golf universe might not know enough about Jay because he is not a professional golfer. He does come from a great golfing family, and he has done a tremendous job at the PGA Tour to get this position and to jump over several people who wanted this job and who had already been in place at the Tour, and some outside the Tour as well. Fair to assume that is his successor to the role of PGA Tour Commissioner, that he would be next in line, to become that, that guy. I believe that's what this is saying without a doubt, and you know, Jay, Jay comes he's, he's known within the tour hierarchy, he was before he, he started working for the tour. Seth Waugh brought him in, brought him in to, to be the tournament director at the Deutsche Bank Tournament years ago. Then he left to do, to work for the Fenway Group and got a little bit out of golfjob. Well, we have a statement that has been released by the PGA Tour . It comes from the commissioner, Tim Finchem , and we want to bring it to you. Tim Finchem , basically stating that he's pleased to inform you that Jay Monahan, most recently the PGA Tour's chief marketing officer, the CMO, has been named deputy commissioner of the PGA Tour effective April 1st, so just a few weeks away. As such, he will move into the office of the commissioner and report directly to me, PGA Tour commissioner. Tim Finchem speaking, working closely on the entire scope of business operations and strategy. Jay has been a key member of the tour senior staff since June of 2008, and Tim Rosaforte rattled off a few of the positions he has held prior to this. He's also held a few roles within the body of the organization of the PGA Tour , and one of them, executive director of the Player's Championship. He has been very hands on with relationships with sponsors, the marketing of the tour, it seems like a natural segue to take over at that highest seat, a PGA Tour commissioner down the road one day when Tim Finchem has had his say. And, and it certainly feels like this is a line of succession that's been established and that's exactly what the PGA Tour needs. So many times organizations that are having issues that are floundering, they need someone to come in from the outside and sort of turn it around. That's not the case with the PGA Tour . If you look at the tremendous amount of growth the commission of Finchem has provided for the tour, but the tour itself, and its players. Players only have to look at their paychecks to know how well commissioner Finchem has done. This organization needs stability and predictability, and that's what they've done with this appointment. Tim, it does beg the question if and when he does, assume the role of PGA Tour commissioner as all signs seem to be pointing that direction. When would that day come? Tim Finchem has made quite a mark in his reign as commissioner but you don't get the feeling he's done just yet. Well no,I think it's safe to say that they, that the commissioner obvious, Tim Finchem the commissioner wanted to obviously keep it inside the walls upon a vigil with someone they had schooled to get to this point, and, and as you mentioned, as we've been discussing, he's done a, he's served a lot of roles from tournament director to working with sponsors. And I guess, Charlie, the, the whole thing is how's he gonna get along with the players? But as long as he keeps signing contracts and keeps everybody happy, it does, he doesn't need to be an ex-player to be the commissioner of the PGA Tour . That certainly is the key. Played golf at Trinity college . Graduation in 1993, got a Master's in sports management from Hugh Mass and went on to work for EMC, Deutsche Bank , Seth Waugh, Player's Championship and now possibly next in line to be PGA Tour commissioner.