PGA Tour tables plans for global series to focus on elevated events, sources say

The PGA Tour is laying out its plans to host a global series of three events that would have seen its top players compete for purses worth up to $25 million, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

The PGA Tour announced Aug. 1 that the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup points standings, along with the top performers from an unspecified number of fall events, would compete in three international tournaments that would feature limited fields and no cuts. At this time, the tour did not announce dates and locations for the global events.

A person familiar with the tour’s plans told ESPN that the tour would instead focus its efforts on 13 tournaments with increased purses for top players, including the three FedEx Cup Playoff events, Sentry Tournament of Champions, Genesis Invitational , Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players, Memorial Tournament, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and four additional events rotating within existing PGA Tour tournaments.

Commissioner Jay Monahan announced last Wednesday that the PGA Tour’s top players have committed to compete in 20 events beginning in 2023, including the 13 high-level events with an average prize pool of $20 million.

Players will also compete in the four major championships, if eligible, and three other tour events of their choice to complete the 20-event schedule.

Monahan originally announced plans for the international series during a press conference at the Travelers Championship on June 22nd. The source said the global series could happen sometime in the future, likely as a limited field, no-cut, no-point events.

The addition of the four new elevated events would have made it too tiring to continue with the international series for players looking to have more free time in the fall after the FedEx Cup season ended in August, according to the source.

The tour plans to return to a streamlined schedule again from January through August 2024, rather than the wrap-around schedule it has used in recent seasons. Following the FedEx Cup Playoffs in August 2023, a yet-to-be-determined number of official tour events will be held in the fall.

While all players with status are eligible to compete in these tournaments, those outside the top 70 compete for FedEx Cup points and status for the 2024 season. The top 70 players to qualify for the first FedEx Cup playoff event are completely exempt for the next season.

At least one member of the PGA Tour, Spain’s Jon Rahm, raised concerns about the 20-event requirement for players to qualify for the $100 million Player Impact Program bonuses. Rahm is also a member of the DP World Tour and needs to play four events in Europe to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.

“If we have to play all those 20 then yes, 100% [it’s asking more of the European guys]’ said Rahm. “I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed because it puts me in a difficult position. If I go to play in Europe in the fall, I have to play 20 times from January to August. I think this is my 17th [tournament] from January [this year] and I don’t think I could add more.

“So yes, especially with the Ryder Cup and four games in Europe, yes I think it’s a small request and I wouldn’t be surprised if they revised a small rule or made an exception for some players. But when they do it for players like me and Rory [McIlroy]they may have to do it for everyone.” PGA Tour tables plans for global series to focus on elevated events, sources say

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