Rory McIlroy admitted that the proposed changes on the PGA Tour to limited-field, no-cut events has been brought about thanks to LIV Golf exploiting some weaknesses in the previous framework.
The smaller field and no cut on LIV Golf were two aspects Greg Norman put forward as huge benefits as all the star players would be around for the entirety of the 54-hole events.
Now the PGA Tour is looking to shape their new designated events in a similar fashion, with smaller fields and no halfway cut involved in the new plans for the 2024 season.
McIlroy has been heavily involved in many of the recent changes on the PGA Tour, including these ones now on the table about designated events – and admits that LIV Golf played a part in them.
“The reason we’re making these changes is because, like it or not, LIV have exploited maybe some weaknesses of what the PGA Tour framework was and we’re trying to do things to rectify that,” McIlroy told the Golf Channel.
The new structure idea has brought in mockery from LIV Golf backers, but also concern from PGA Tour players and fans that the designated events will become a closed shop for the top players to just swell their bank balances.
McIlroy insists that there are ways for lower ranked players to play their way in, and says there will be a meritocracy aspect to them.
“When the structure is properly explained to everyone, because I think everyone is acting off limited information, once it’s explained people will see that this is built on meritocracy and guys having hope that they can play their way in to these designated events.
“That they don’t have to wait a year for example to have a good season and then get in – you have really good play and it gets you in right away.
“And the churn as well, if you don’t play well enough in these designated events you’re not in them the next year, there is a churn to this. To have more of that meritocracy feeling, to have that churn at the bottom that if you don’t perform you’re out, that’s a really important part of this.”
“It keeps the stars there for four days” – Rory McIlroy on PGA Tour no-cut events pic.twitter.com/w185jAKt6oMarch 1, 2023
Critics also say the lack of cut removes the competitive element that makes the PGA Tour what it is, but while he acknowledges having the top players there for all four rounds is crucial for commercial reasons, McIlroy insists it’s not a plan that will reward mediocrity.
“The no-cut thing just became a big…
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