ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — The PGA Tour boldly responded on Tuesday to a challenge posed by Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund-funded Super League, which features top golfers for a 20-tournament schedule in which they will meet 17 times.
The event includes four majors and a $20 million purse, excluding the smallest event in Kapalua, the Tournament of Champions, at the start of the year.
Most tournaments already existed – the Genesis Invitational in the Riviera, the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, Muirfield Village, Memorial in Kapalua, and match play. There are also three FedEx Cup playoff events, four majors and the Players Championship.
Four more high-profile tournaments are yet to be announced. PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan expects to unveil these in the next two months.
Players will also have to play three PGA Tour tournaments.
The change is the result of several meetings between a group of the best players that began last month at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland, and ended with a meeting of golfers, which included 23 of the best players during the BMW Championship. weekend before.
Players who participate next year will be out of the so-called Player Impact program, which has been reformulated. Tour said they would drop the schedule and another list with the new criteria.
The PGA will move away from popularity and social media-oriented norms, and will look for television appearances, press mentions, and fan interest.
The Impact Program fund will increase from $50 million to $100 million next year. The best golfers will receive a $15 million bonus.
The changes were announced during the Tour Championship, the season-ending tournament in which the winner of the FedEx Cup will receive $18 million. The Saudi-funded LIV golf circuit is expected to introduce a new set of players, which could be number six.