The PGA Tour plans to make changes to its 2023 schedule that will include eight limited-time field tournaments with purses of $20 million or more for the top 50 championships in the FedEx Cup standings for the previous season, according to a Golf Digest report published on Tuesday.
According to several players interviewed by Golf Digest after a mandatory player meeting at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, the site of the Traveler Championship this week, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan told the group that events will spread throughout the season — which will also return to the calendar year format after they The tour went to the FedEx Cup wrapped schedule in 2013 which carried over to the following season.
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Monahan is scheduled to hold a press 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 a chance to keep their tour cards or improve their standings for the upcoming season. It wasn’t clear how that would affect current fall events, such as the RSM Classic at Sea Island Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia, and tournaments in Houston, Las Vegas, Napa, California, and Jackson, Miss..
The eight-event series is similar to LIV Golf, the breakaway round that began two weeks ago with funding from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, except that the events of the round will be 72 holes, while LIV Golf is 54 holes.
The Associated Press reported additional details on planned events and other changes to the FedEx Cup Tour throughout the season:
• Only the top 70 players on the points roster will be eligible for FedEx Playoffs, reducing the current number from 125.
• The top 50 points in the points list will move after the first event, and the top 30 afterwards will qualify for the Tour Championship.
• Fall will be used for players after 70 to secure cards for the following year, although research has shown that most players within the top 100 will be safe.
• The Tour was still looking at three fall events for limited fields, along with the eight tournaments proposed during the regular season.
Nearly two dozen players on the PGA Tour have either competed in 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 any day.
LIV Golf, CEO Greg Norman, will play eight 54-hole tournaments this year with bags worth $25 million. Schwarzel won more than $4 million, the largest deal in the history of professional golf.
According to Golf Digest sources, Monahan spoke for 30 minutes and told players that the round was “under attack”. He also urged them to stay united and reminded them of their longtime tour partners, many of whom are also related to the players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.