MIAMI: next year open phoenixthe Heritage Tournament, Wells Fargo Championship and Travelers Championship will have purses increased to $20 million and guaranteed appearances by top golfers, the US PGA Tour announced Wednesday.
Moves complete PGA overhaul to fight backed Saudis LIV Golf Series that was announced by Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan in August during the Tour Championship.
Star PGA players such as four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler have pledged to play 17 high-stakes events next year to battle more starters. for the LIV reached. Series.
The rival tour’s record $25 million purses and guaranteed contracts for 54-hole events have attracted top PGA talent, including British Open winner and world number three Cameron Smith of Australia, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, the Mexican Abraham Ancer, twice great winner. Dustin Johnson and former Masters winners Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed.
In addition to the four new events, others with increased purses and player commitments include the four major championships, the Players Championship, the three FedEx Cup playoff events, the Tournament of Champions, WGC match play, the Memorial Tournament, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Genesis. Invitational hosted by Tiger Woods.
Players finishing in the top 20 of this year’s Player Impact Program, a measure of player popularity that pays out bonus money for well-known talent, are required to play in all events they qualify for. as well as three other events, ensuring PGA stars earn at least 20 appearances per year.
“It’s an extraordinary and unprecedented commitment, a testament to who these guys are and what they believe in,” Monahan said when announcing the plan in August.
The four high events for 2023 are for next year only, with other tournaments potentially replacing them in future years if the PGA wants to ensure its biggest names compete in a wider range of tournaments over the course of the year. other seasons.
The Phoenix Open, Wells Fargo Championship, Travelers Championship and Heritage will retain their traditional places on the tour schedule and eligibility criteria allowing more than 120 players each.
The Phoenix Open takes place in February, with Heritage coming the week after the Masters in April, Wells Fargo three weeks later in Charlotte and the Travelers playing the week after the US Open.
Among other changes made by the PGA was a minimum payout of $500,000 to any player with a PGA Tour card.



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