The PGA Tour plans changes to its schedule for 2023, including eight limited-field, no-cut tournaments with purses of $20 million or more for the top-50 of the previous season’s FedEx Cup standings, according to a Golf Digest Report published Tuesday.
According to multiple players interviewed by Golf Digest after a mandatory players meeting at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., the venue of this week’s Traveler’s Championship, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told the assembly that the events will be spread out over the season. — which will also return to a calendar year format after the Tour moved to a wraparound FedEx Cup schedule in 2013 that carried over to the following season.
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Monahan is scheduled to hold a press conference at River Highlands on Wednesdays at 1pm
Golf Digest reported that players outside of the top-50 will still have a series of fall events that will give them the chance to keep their Tour cards or improve their status for the next season. It was unclear how this will affect current fall events, such as the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia, and tournaments in Houston, Las Vegas, Napa, California, and Jackson, Miss.
The series of eight events is similar to LIV Golf, the breakaway tour that began two weeks ago and is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, with the exception that the Tour’s events will be 72 holes, while LIV Golf will have 54 holes.
The Associated Press reported additional details about the scheduled events and other changes to the season-long FedEx Cup:
• Only the top 70 players on the points list will qualify for the FedEx playoffs, reducing the current number of 125.
• The top 50 on the points list after the first event advances and the top 30 after that qualify for the Tour Championship.
• The trap would be used for players over 70 to secure cards for the following year, although research showed most in the top 100 would be safe.
• The Tour looked at three more fall events for a limited number of fields, along with the eight proposed tournaments during the regular season.
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LIV Golf, whose CEO is Greg Norman, will play eight 54-hole tournaments this year with a cash prize of $25 million. Schwartzel won over $4 million, the largest catch in professional golf history.
According to the Golf Digest sources, Monahan spoke for 30 minutes and told the players that the Tour was “under attack”. He also urged them to stay united and reminded them of the Tour’s longstanding business partners, many of whom are also linked with players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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