Commissioners of top U.S. golf tours join president’s economic council, with eye on return to normalcy amid coronavirus pandemic
Appointed: To President Donald Trump’s new economic council, commissioners Jay Monahan of the PGA Tour and Mike Whan of the LPGA, the president announced Tuesday. Monahan and Whan were among more than 100 advisers from sports, business, health care and politics who will be tasked with setting the agenda for American society’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has stated that he wants to reopen the economy by May 1, a date that medical professionals, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key medical adviser to the White House, have said is overly optimistic. The major professional golf tours have been idled since mid-March. Nearly 17 million Americans have been thrown out of work in the past month, with layoffs and job losses expected to continue. Coronavirus has afflicted nearly 2 million worldwide, led to 125,000-plus deaths and halted global economic growth.
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