“Listen, he’s a player that’s won 45 times on the PGA Tour. He’s had a Hall of Fame career. He’s won here at The Players Championship. He’s inspired a lot of people and helped grow this Tour, his Tour.
“So as difficult as it is to read some of the things that were said, ultimately a conversation will be had when he’s ready to have it, and I will be ready to have it, as well.”
While Monahan was keen to stress that the player had made the decision to take time away, he did not rule out the possibility of disciplinary action from the Tour.
Asked that question, he responded: “[Mickelson] stepped away on his own accord, and he’s asked for time. He’s been given that time.
“We don’t comment on disciplinary matters, potential matters or actual matters. But every player is accountable for their actions out here.”
Meanwhile, on the larger topic of the Super Golf League and the looming threat it poses to the sport as we know it, Monahan’s message was that golf bosses are looking ahead rather than dwelling on speculation.