PGA Tour Announces Major Changes to Its Designated Events in 2024
The PGA Tour announced major changes to its designated events in 2024, with the changes being made official after the Players Championship board ratified the new plan on Tuesday night. The new schedule will include a reduced field size of 70 to 80 players, with no halfway cut, in the designated events, while the four majors, The Players Championship, and the FedEx Cup playoffs will remain unaffected.
The fields in designated events will be comprised of the top 50 players who qualified for the BMW Championship during the previous season’s FedEx Cup playoffs, plus the top 10 players not otherwise eligible on the current FedExCup points race. Five spots will be acquired by way of performance in non-designated events.
The new schedule aims to provide clarity to fans, players and sponsors, while delivering substantial tournaments to the fans at important intervals throughout the season. And to make sure the fields are studded with elite names, there are eligibility parameters that emphasize the upper portions of both the FedEx Cup points list and the world rankings.
The move has been met with approval from players, with Rory McIlroy, a player director on the Tour’s policy board, commending the effort to get the top players versus the ‘hot’ players, providing a more compelling product. McIlroy noted that the product provides an opportunity for players to make their way into the big events without having to wait an entire year for their good play to be rewarded.
Golfweek reported that the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament will be one of the designated events, with the amateur portion being shortened to two days and played on Thursday and Friday only over two courses.
The Tour’s changes have also been met with approval from LIV Golf, with the start-up league tweeting, “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Congratulations PGA Tour. Welcome to the future.” Richard Bland, a long-time DP World Tour member who now plays with LIV Golf, however, had his reservations, questioning how the changes will help the alliance between the European and PGA Tours.
The Tour’s changes are sure to keep fans, players and sponsors engaged and excited, while providing a more competitive and compelling product.
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