PGA Tour counters LIV Golf menace with new tournaments, elevated prize funds and a return to a calendar-year schedule – Golf Information

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The PGA Tour has unveiled a collection of main modifications to its construction, scheduling and prize funds in what’s being seen as a response to the menace posed by the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Sequence.

Talking at a press convention held on the eve of the PGA Tour’s  Vacationers Championship, PGA Tour Comissioner Jay Monahan  outlined important modifications to the present arrange, with the primary being that the Tour can be returning to a calendar-year schedule from the start of 2024, thus bringing an finish to the ‘wrap-around’ schedule that resulted in September and began up once more in October.

The brand new schedule will run from January by means of to August, with solely the highest 70 gamers qualifying for the primary occasion of the FedEx Cup PlayOffs, the FedEx St Jude Invitational, down from the 125 which have reached the primary of three play-off occasions in recent times. The highest 50 will then qualify for the BMW Championship, with the highest 30 going ahead to the Tour Championship.

Different notable modifications embody prize funds for eight occasions being considerably elevated from 2023. These are the Sentry Event of Champions ($15m, up from $8.2m in 2022); Genesis Invitational ($20m, up from $12m); Arnold Palmer Invitational ($20m, up from $12m); Gamers Championship ($25m, up from $20m); WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play ($20m, up from $12m); Memorial Event ($20 m, up from $12m); FedEx St Jude Championship, the primary occasion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs ($20m, up from $15m); and the BMW Championship, the second occasion of the playoffs ($20m, up from $15m).

Monahan mentioned that prize fund will increase, a few of which have virtually been doubled, can be funded by sponsor assist and supplemented within the short-term by the tour’s personal earnings.

“We welcome good, wholesome competitors,” Monahan mentioned on the press convention. “The LIV Saudi golf league [sic] isn’t that. It’s an irrational menace; one not involved with the return on funding or true development of the sport. When somebody makes an attempt to purchase the game, dismantle the establishments which are intrinsically invested in its development, and focus solely on a private precedence, that partnership evaporates, and as a substitute we find yourself with one individual, one entity, utilizing countless quantities of cash to direct workers, not members or companions, towards their private objective, which can or could not change tomorrow or the subsequent day.”

“We don’t anticipate to beat this present problem by counting on our legacy and observe document alone,” Monahan added. “We’ve been on a path for various years to strengthen and evolve our product for the good thing about our followers and gamers alike. These plans are clearly accelerated in mild of the present atmosphere.”

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