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PGA raises wallet 2023 for four events in anti-LIV innovation | Golf News


MIAMI: Next year Phoenix OpenThe Heritage Tournament, Wells Fargo Championship and Visitor’s Championship will raise $20 million and secure the appearance of top golfers, USA PGA The tour was announced on Wednesday.
These moves complete a PGA reshuffle against Saudi-backed forces LIV Golf The series was announced by tour commissioner Jay Monahan in August at the Tour Championship.
Star PGA players like Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, a four-time major winner, and Scottie Scheffler, the reigning Masters champion, have committed to playing 17 events for a higher amount next year as a way to against more players depart for the emerging LIV. Series.
Rivals record $25 million and guaranteed contracts for 54-hole events have lured top talent away from the PGA, including British Open winner and world number three Cameron Smith’s Australia, Joaquin Niemann of Chile, Abraham Ancer of Mexico, two-time major winner Dustin Johnson and Masters Winners Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed.
In addition to the four new events, others with increased amounts and commitment to players include four major championships, the Player Championship, three FedEx Cup playoff events, the Tournament of Champions, WGC Match, Memorial Tournament, Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Genesis Invitation hosted by Tiger Woods.
Players who finished in the top 20 of this year’s Player Impact Program, a measure of the popularity of popular talent paying players, were required to play in all events for which they qualified. qualifying as well as three other events, guaranteeing PGA stars at least 20 appearances a year.
“This is an extraordinary and unprecedented commitment, a testament to who these people are and what they believe in,” Monahan said in announcing the plans in August.
The four enhanced events for 2023 are only for next year with other tournaments likely to replace them in the coming years if the PGA wants to ensure its biggest names compete in a wider range of tournaments than they do. with other seasons.
The Phoenix Open, Wells Fargo Championship, Travelers Championship and Heritage will retain their traditional slots on the tour schedule and eligibility criteria allow from more than 120 players in each.
The Phoenix Open is held in February with Heritage taking place the week after the Masters in April, Wells Fargo three weeks later in Charlotte and Travelers taking place the week after the US Open.
Among other changes made by the PGA is the $500,000 minimum payout to any player with a PGA Tour card.

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