PGA Tour Commissioner Makes a Lucrative Announcement to Battle LIV Golf Threat

Published 06/21/2022, 1:07 PM EDT
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 8, 2022 Chief executive of LIV Golf Investments Greg Norman before the Pro-Am Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The PGA Tour has been losing its prominent players to the new LIV Golf Invitational Series. Even those who pledged allegiance to the American golf organization have joined the new league.

Under these circumstances, the Tour Commissioner has made a massive change to not lose more players. The organization has decided to hold 8 events that offer $20 million or more purse per tournament from the 2023 season.

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Notably, only the top 50 players on the FedEx Cup standings will be able to play the events. Interestingly, like its rival league, the bonus events will also have no cuts, making everyone in the competition win a part of the purse. The players outside the Top 50 will be playing to keep their Tour cards.

The PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, and the council members decided on the new changes in a 90-minute long meeting. According to sources, the commissioner referred to LIV Golf as a threat to the organization.

How can the new change stop players from leaving the PGA Tour?

The players have been leaving the Tour to LIV events for the money they were offered. However, with the inclusion of the bonus events, the Top 50 on the FedEx Cup standings will have a chance to win a similar prize. 

Notably, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Kevin Na, and Sergio Garcia were part of the top 50 on the 2021 FedEx Cup standings. Moreover, all of them are playing for the Saudi-based golf leagues.

The Tour officials had recently suspended all the players who have joined the league. They also have removed the players who have resigned from the FedEx Cup standings, making none of them stand a chance to play in the bonus events.

How much does the LIV Golf offer to its players? 

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For the 8-event league, the LIV is offering $225 million purse money for its players. Notably, the players also have received extra money as per their contracts. 

According to the reports, LIV has offered the most money, to date, to Phil Mickelson, DeChambeau, and Johnson. On the other hand, an extra $54 million are offered for those who can shoot 54 in a round. The Public Investment Fund governor put forward the bonus money at the prize distribution ceremony in London. 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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