Two big news came out of PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan’s mandatory meeting with the players today at the TPC River Highlands in Connecticut ahead of this week’s Travelers Championship.
A player present at the reunion told Golf Channel that Monahan “looked like he was on a mission” during the reunion and stressed that there was no way for golfers who defected to LIV Golf Invitational Series to return to the PGA Tour.
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Although it still qualifies as an indefinite suspension for players like Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson (and presumably for Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and others once they put their tees in the ground at a LIV event ), Monahan’s verbiage at the meeting indicated that it’s a permanent suspension.
In a potential counterweight to the big money offered by LIV, Monahan also said the fall portion of the PGA Tour schedule will be revamped from 2023.
Select limited-field, no-cut events will begin this fall and will also be sprinkled across the main portion of the 2024 schedule. They will include prize pools of at least $20 million each and will be limited to the top 50 in the FedEx Cup points standings. of the previous year.
At the same time, instead of the Fall Series events playing out the way they currently do, those not in the top 50 will compete in alternate tournaments to try and earn better status or keep their cards. circuit for the following season.
Monahan also said the PGA Tour is in talks with the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) to expand their “strategic partnership” which was formed last year. For now, DP World Tour allows LIV players to participate in their events, as Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and others are playing the BMW International Open in Germany this week.
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