The PGA Tour announced some big changes to their schedule on Tuesday. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan spoke at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. During the regular season, the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 will award $2 million to the leader and the $500,000 to 10th place golfer. This portion of the monetary rewards will total $10 million.
As for the playoffs, there will only be three events now: the Northern Trust, the BMW Championship and The Tour Championship. A new twist to The Tour Championship is that the rankings from the two preceding playoff tournaments will be carried over into the final event. Usually the points are reset, but now the leader will start at 10-under par. The rest will have a gradient effect until the 26th-30th place golfers will start at even par.
Monahan said at East Lake Golf Club, when they announced the changes:
“We’re thrilled with these changes put forth today. In fact, it’s been a long time coming, and we’ve really looked forward to this day… But you take these changes and you combine them with the new and improved schedule, and we think this is a significant step forward for the PGA Tour… Win The Tour Championship and you are the FedExCup Cup champion. It’s that simple… And we have no doubt it will create a compelling, dramatic conclusion for the Tour’s ultimate prize.”
FedEx and the board of the Tour also raised the grand prize from $10 million to $15 million. The new changes will make the tour simpler, more selective, and the stakes will be even higher. Tiger Woods commented on the simplicity of the changes. The Tour Championships previous winner, Xander Schauffele, said that it will make everything a lot easier for viewers to understand the points system. Congrats to the PGA for their improvements!
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