Hours after it was reported that the PGA Tour would introduce some limited field no-cut events in response to LIV for 2024, a memo sent to members from commissioner Jay Monahan has confirmed the changes.
The Designated Event Model will see select designated events have reduced fields of between 70 to 80 players with no cut, which Monahan is confident will offer stellar tournaments and improve the quality of the full-field events that will run in between them in the schedule, making the PGA Tour calendar more cohesive and offering fan clarity.
Approved changes include the removal of mandatory participation regulations with the purses, strength of field, FedEx Cup points and prestige thought to be enough to incentivize the involvement of the world’s best. Meanwhile, there will be 16 designated events in total, including The Players Championship, the four Majors and the three FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Memo to players re: changes to next year’s PGA Tour schedule. pic.twitter.com/gl2LdUyApCMarch 1, 2023
Tour memo continued: pic.twitter.com/wcJabUNjycMarch 1, 2023
As mentioned in the Golfweek report, there will be a more even distribution of the designated events across the calendar, meaning that players competing in the regular events falling between the more high-profile ones will be able to play their way into the bigger tournaments that follow.
Eligibility for the Sentry Tournament of Champions has also been clarified, with the top 50 players from the previous year’s FedEx Cup Points List through the FedEx Cup Playoffs all qualifying along with winners of PGA tournaments from the previous year, including the PGA Tour fall.
There is also a determination to ensure the format is easy to follow for fans. To that end, the changes promise clear routes to qualifying for designated events. They include the top 50 players from the previous year’s FedEx Cup Points List through the FedExCup Playoffs and the top 10 players from the current year’s FedEx Cup Points List who wouldn’t otherwise be eligible.
Meanwhile, another change promises to give players in standard events an even greater incentive to perform well. It will do this by granting qualification to the five players who earn the most FedEx Cup points from each “collection” of full-field tournaments falling between the designated events.
Others who will qualify include winners of tournaments offering full FedEx Cup points in the current year who otherwise wouldn’t have been eligible, and…
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