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A high-ranking member of the PGA Tour’s leadership team has unexpectedly resigned.

Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief tournaments and competitions officer, is no longer with the circuit. Players were informed via e-mail on Tuesday, US time, at the FedEx St Jude Championship, prior to a scheduled 4pm players meeting.

Just two weeks ago, Pazder was put on two important committees as the tour continues to forge a partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The first was a taskforce that would decide what type of penalties, if any, players who defected to LIV Golf would face should they want to return to the tour. The taskforce was made up of Pazder, Jason Gore and Neera Shetty. Additionally, Pazder and Gore were charged with assembling a compensation package for players who remained loyal to the PGA Tour against the LIV threat.

Pazder was also one of the instrumental figures in helping the tour return from the COVID-19 pandemic sabbatical in 2020. He joined the PGA Tour in 1989 and worked under three commissioners.

According to the memo, Tyler Dennis, who had served as the tour’s acting commissioner in the health absence of Jay Monahan, will assume Pazder’s responsibilities.