The PGA Tour plans to make changes to its 2023 schedule, which will include eight unrestricted tournaments with $ 20 million or more in wallets for the top 50 in last season’s FedEx Cup rankings, according to a Golf Digest report on Tuesday.
According to many players interviewed by Golf Digest after a mandatory player meeting at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., This week’s Traveler’s Championship venue, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told the convention that the events would spread during the season. – which will also return in the form of a calendar year after the tour went to a comprehensive FedEx Cup program in 2013 which was carried over to the following season.
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Monahan is expected to give more details at a press conference in River Highlands on Wednesday at 13:00
The Golf Digest reported that players outside the top-50 will continue to have a number of Fall events that will give them a chance to retain their Tour Cards or improve their condition for next season. It was not clear how this would affect current autumn events, such as the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Club on St. Simons, Ga., And tournaments in Houston, Las Vegas, Napa, California and Jackson, Miss. – especially as to whether the winners will continue to receive invitations to the Masters.
The series of eight events is somewhat similar to LIV Golf, the split tour that started two weeks ago and is funded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, with the exception that the Tour’s events will be 72 holes, while the LIV Golf is 54 holes.
The Associated Press reported additional details about the planned events and other changes to the FedEx Cup of the season tour:
• Only the top 70 players on the points list will be eligible for the FedEx playoffs, reducing the current number from 125. Playoffs will start at FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
• The top 50 in the list of points after the first event will advance to the BMW Championship and will also be eligible for three of the limited edition tournaments in the fall, which will be played outside the USA
• The top-30 points after BMW will qualify for the Touring Championship.
• The drop will be used for players over 70 to secure cards for next year, although the AP’s investigation showed that more than 100 would be safe.
Nearly two dozen PGA Tour players have either participated in the first LIV Golf in London (such as Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel, who won the first tournament) or have since announced their intention to play (Patrick Reed , Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer and Rickie Fowler), with reports that Brooks Koepka’s announcement to play LIV Golf will come any day.
LIV Golf, whose CEO is Greg Norman, will play eight 54-hole tournaments this year with $ 25 million wallets. Schwartzel won more than $ 4 million, the biggest draw in professional golf history.
According to Golf Digest sources, Monahan spoke for 30 minutes and told the players that the Tour was “under attack”. He also urged them to stay together and reminded them of the Tour’s long-standing corporate partners, many of whom are also associated with players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on the Florida Times-Union: Report: PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan tells players about the new tournament series