PGA, “bonus pools” for 145,000,000 dollars

Forty-seven tournaments, including 44 for the regular season and 3 for the play-offs. And again: increasingly higher prize pools, growing bonuses, also to counter the economic advance of the Arab Super League. The PGA Tour has unveiled the 2022-2023 calendar, full of various innovations. The new season kicks off in California on September 15 with the Fortinet Championship and concludes on August 27 with the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Pga Tour, schedule

From the Genesis Invitational (in February), which will see Tiger Woods as ambassador of the event, to Arnold Palmer through the WGC Match-Play and The Memorial Tournament. These four events will boast $ 20,000,000 in prize money, just like the FedEx St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship, first and second rounds of the playoffs respectively. While The Players Championship (to be played in March) will give away $ 25,000,000.

The so-called “bonus pools” will reach the figure of 145,000,000 dollars, of which 75,000,000 will be reserved for the FedEx Cup, 20,000,000 for the “Comcast Business Tour Top 10” and 50,000,000 for the “Player Impact Program” .

Three of the four major majors take place over eight weeks, between June and August. In the past, this threatened to make the remaining two and a half months of the season uninteresting, as some of the best players thereafter decided to compete less. The solution was to introduce a new type of leaderboard, the FedEx Cup. From January to mid-August, players compete in tournaments that form the “regular season” and earn points for the FedEx Cup, in addition to the prize pool up for grabs. . At the end of the regular season, the top 144 players in the FedEx Cup rankings qualify for the playoffs, four tournaments taking place between mid-August and mid-September. The number of participants in these tournaments is progressively reduced from 144 to 120 to 70 and eventually to the 30 who traditionally participate in the Tour Championship. Additional points valid for the FedEx Cup can be earned in these tournaments. At the end of the Tour Championship, the player with the most points is the seasonal champion. To implement this new system, the PGA Tour had to make significant changes to the traditional calendar.