The possibility of a joint PGA/LPGA event has been passed around and talked about quite a bit in recent months. But a quote from new PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan indicates the idea could become a reality.
In an interview with the Golf Channel that will air Monday, Monahan spoke about his efforts with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan to bring a combined event to Hawaii. "You could see men and women here at the Tournament of Champions...that is something we are thinking about and talking to Mike and the LPGA about. We would like to see that happen. We have some interest from sponsors."
While no specifics were given as to how the tournament would be presented, the mention of sponsor support has to be a good sign for those that are working to make this event happen.
This is the latest development in a push for combined events that began in March with a "strategic alliance agreement" between the PGA and LPGA.
Here's another quote from Monahan on the value of the venture:
“We are spending more time talking about how do we drive more people to the game, both men and women, girls and boys. Can we potentially get men and women into the same field of play? Again, another thing that no other sport can do, and then looking at media. Are there some shared efficiencies with how we present our tours to the world at large?”