The PGA Tour is planning changes to the 2023 plan, which will include eight limited-field tournaments, without cuts, with $ 20 million or more cash for the top 50 at last season’s FedEx Cup standings, according to a Golf Digest report published on Tuesday.
According to several players interviewed by Golf Digest after a mandatory player meeting at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., The venue for this week’s Traveler’s Championship, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan told the assembly that events will be spread throughout the season – which will also go back to a calendar year format after the Tour went to a comprehensive FedEx Cup schedule in 2013 which was carried over to next season.
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Monahan is scheduled to hold a press conference at River Highlands on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Golf Digest reported that players outside the top 50 will still have a series of fall events that will give them a chance to keep their Tour cards or improve their status for next season. It was unclear how it will affect current fall events, such as the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., 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 started two weeks ago and is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, except that the Tour’s events will be 72 holes, while LIV Golf is 54 holes.
The Associated Press reported further details on the planned events and other changes to the Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup:
• Only the top 70 players on the points list will qualify for the FedEx playoffs, reducing the current number from 125.
• The top 50 on the points list after the first event go on, and the top 30 after that will qualify for the Tour Championship.
• The autumn would be used for players over 70. to secure cards for the following year, although research showed that most of the top 100 would be safe.
• The tour still looked at three fall events for limited fields, along with the eight proposed tournaments during the regular season.
Nearly two dozen PGA Tour players either attended the first LIV Golf event 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 Kopeka’s announcement to play LIV Golf will come at any time.
LIV Golf, whose CEO is Greg Norman, will play eight 54-hole tournaments this year with a $ 25 million wallet. Schwartzel won more than $ 4 million, the largest stroke in professional golf history.
According to Golf Digest sources, Monahan spoke for 30 minutes and told players that the Tour was “under attack”. He also encouraged them to stay together and reminded them of the Tour’s longtime business partners, many of whom are also related to players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.