In response to the LIV Golf risk, the PGA Tour hopes to introduce a revamped schedule that may embody elevated purses value at the very least $20 million in at the very least eight present marquee occasions and three new occasions in a worldwide golf sequence that may embody no cuts, restricted fields and purses of at the very least $25 million, sources advised ESPN on Tuesday.
The small print are nonetheless being finalized and are topic to vary, the sources mentioned, however the overhaul of the PGA Tour schedule is anticipated to be authorized for 2023, as LIV Golf continues to pluck former main champions and different gamers from the tour’s roster of members.
PGA Tour members have been advised of the plans in a gathering on the Vacationers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Tuesday morning. The tour’s gamers advisory committee and its coverage board would nonetheless need to approve the modifications. There have been extra conferences scheduled for Tuesday.
The PGA Tour can be returning to a calendar-year schedule, as an alternative of a wraparound schedule that’s at present getting used. High gamers have complained of there being no true offseason. If they do not play in occasions within the fall at the beginning of the wraparound schedule, they’re far behind in factors after they return to motion after Jan. 1.
The newest PGA Tour gamers to defect to the LIV Golf Invitational Collection are four-time main champion Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer, who’s ranked twentieth within the Official World Golf Rating. LIV Golf has now signed eight of the highest 50 gamers on the planet, together with Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson, to compete in its sequence, which has 48-man fields, no cuts and $25 million purses.
In line with sources, the elevated purses would come with present tournaments such because the Sentry Event of Champions, the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Gamers Championship, the Memorial Event and others. Sources mentioned the elevated purses could be paid from sponsors or the tour’s reserves.
Moreover, three new worldwide occasions, which would come with no cuts and as many as the highest 60 gamers within the earlier season’s FedEx Cup standings, could be launched. The occasions wouldn’t have anchor cities and would transfer round like the most important championships, in line with sources.
A participant who attended the assembly with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Tuesday advised ESPN, “That is probably the most engaged I’ve ever seen the membership.”
The participant mentioned he was impressed with the plan that Monahan offered.
“Jay was actually nice,” he mentioned.
PGA Tour gamers have been lured to LIV Golf by signing bonuses of $100 million to $200 million, in line with sources, and the prospect of creating more cash on the course in fewer tournaments. LIV Golf is being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, which is reportedly value greater than $600 billion.
“No strategy to fight that,” the participant mentioned. “We all know that. Nevertheless it’s three occasions for $25 million and it is not popping out of our pocket. Who’s going to disagree with that?”
Harris English, the defending champion at this week’s Vacationers Championship, mentioned he thinks it is attainable these new measures may be sufficient to discourage extra gamers from defecting to LIV Golf.
“I believe it may be, for positive,” English mentioned. “One of many issues out right here on the PGA Tour, I imply, now we have numerous tournaments and I believe the autumn sequence has been powerful. … Guys have households they usually wish to play rather less golf. Nevertheless they’ll handle that to one of the best of each worlds of getting the highest gamers and the blokes who’re preventing for his or her card.”
“Proper now it is an unsure time for golf, but when you concentrate on it within the bigger enterprise panorama it is a competitors for expertise,” mentioned Patrick Cantlay, who has six top-five finishes this yr. “So if the PGA TOUR desires to stay the preeminent tour for skilled golfers, it must be one of the best place to play for one of the best gamers on the planet.”