With the PGA Tour dealing with maybe its biggest menace ever from the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, it introduced a 2022-23 schedule on Monday that features a document $428.6 million in prize cash in official occasions and one other $145 million in bonuses, together with $75 million for the FedEx Cup.
The 2022-23 schedule, which was launched by the PGA Tour on Monday, will embody 44 official regular-season tournaments, together with the 4 majors, and three FedEx Cup playoff occasions.
Final week, LIV Golf, which is being financed by Saudi Arabias Public Funding Fund, introduced it is going to increase its collection to 14 tournaments in 2023, with 48 gamers on four-man groups competing for $405 million in prize cash.
LIV Golf has lured away main champions similar to Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed with assured contracts reportedly price between $100 million and $200 million, along with profitable purses for its occasions.
The upcoming PGA Tour season would be the final utilizing a wraparound format. The tour is shifting again to a calendar-year schedule beginning in 2024.
Amongst different important modifications: Solely the highest 70 gamers will qualify for the primary FedEx Cup playoff occasion on the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee; 50 within the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields, Illinois; and 30 within the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Membership in Atlanta.
We have heard from our followers and the overwhelming sentiment was that they needed extra penalties for each the FedEx Cup common season and the playoffs, and to additional strengthen occasions that historically characteristic high gamers competing head-to-head, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated in an announcement. We really feel strongly we have completed all of those aims and extra, making a cadence of compelling drama for each event all through the season.
Following the FedEx Cup playoffs in August 2023, a yet-to-be-determined variety of official tour occasions will probably be performed within the fall. Whereas all gamers with standing will probably be eligible to play in these tournaments, these exterior the highest 70 will compete for FedEx Cup factors and standing for the 2024 season. The highest 70 gamers who qualify for the primary FedEx Cup playoff occasion will probably be totally exempt for the subsequent season.
After the completion of the autumn occasions, the highest 50 gamers within the FedEx Cup factors standings, in addition to high performers from the autumn, will compete in a world collection that can embody restricted fields and no cuts. Dates and areas of the autumn occasions and worldwide collection will probably be introduced later this yr, in keeping with the PGA Tour.
Subsequent seasons PGA Tour schedule contains six invitationals — the Sentry Match of Champions, Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Match, Gamers Championship and WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play — that had their purses elevated by a complete of $43.8 million. The primary two FedEx Cup playoff occasions could have their prize cash soar from $15 million to $20 million.