PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is expected to release details of the eight-tournament series starting in 2023 for the top-50 players on the FedEx Cup standings.
The PGA Tour is planning changes to its 2023 schedule, as Golf Digest reports, adding eight limited-field, no-cuts with purses of $20 million or more for the top-50 on last season’s FedEx Cup standings. tournaments will be included. Tuesday
According to several players interviewed by Golf Digest after a mandatory player meeting at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told the assembly that the events would be spread throughout the season. – who would return to a calendar year format after the Tour moved to a wraparound FedEx Cup schedule in 2013, which moved to the following season.
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Monahan is scheduled to hold a news conference in River Highlands on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Golf Digest reports that players outside the top-50 will still have a series of fall events that will give them the chance to retain their Tour cards or improve their positions for next season. It was unclear how this would 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, Calif., and Jackson, Miss.
The eight-event series is similar to LIV Golf, the breakaway tour that began two weeks ago and is financed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, with the exception that the Tour’s events will be 72 holes, while LIV Golf is 54 holes.
Charl Schwartzel celebrates on the 18th green after winning the inaugural LIV Golf Series event in London.
The Associated Press reported additional details of 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 to 125.
• The top 50 will advance to the points list after the first event, and the top-30 will qualify for the Tour Championship after that.
• The fall will be used to secure cards for the following year for players over the age of 70, although research has shown that most of the top 100 will be protected.
• The Tour was still seeing three fall events for limited areas, as well as eight proposed tournaments during the regular season.
About two dozen PGA Tour players have either participated in the first LIV golf tournament in London (such as Phil Mickelson, Louis Ostuizen, Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzell, who won the first tournament) or have since announced their intention to play (Patrick Reid, Bryson) DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer and Ricky Fowler, with reports that Brooks Koepka’s announcement of playing LIV golf will arrive any day.
LIV Golf, which is headed by Greg Norman as CEO, will play eight 54-hole tournaments this year with a purse of $25 million. Schwartzell won over $4 million, the largest run 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 united and reminded them of the Tour’s long-standing corporate partners, many of whom are also associated with the players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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