The 2023 PGA Tour modification program, created to respond to Greg Norman’s LIV Golf, is getting more and more detailed.
The PGA Tour has announced the last four tournaments that complete the list of Elevated Events, the tournaments with prize pools of at least $ 20 million (except for the Sentry Tournament of Champions) which, as we have seen, will be the moments most important on the 2023 season calendar.
These are the tournaments that were already known:
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Arnold Palmer Invitational
The Players Championship
WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play
FedEx St. Jude Championship
These, however, are the four novelties:
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Wells Fargo Championship
As we know, the changes introduced also require top players to commit to participating in all 13 Elevated Events plus three other PGA Tour tournaments as well as the four Majors, in order to receive their share of the renewed Player Impact prize pool. Program.
As emerged from the now famous match between players organized by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy prior to the BMW Championship held last August, this point has been the subject of discussion, and the comments that have emerged have been reported to the PGA executives. Tour.
Players have expressed concerns about the scheduling of events by the individual player, especially in the case of those who must also maintain the membership of the DP World Tour.
The final version of the directive published by the PGA Tour Policy Board seems to have taken these observations into account, at least in part.
Top players will be allowed not to participate in an Elevated Event “for personal or professional reasons only”.
One of the three additional tournaments can be chosen from those of the autumn calendar, but it is however unclear whether it will be an event on the DP World Tour calendar.