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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Tiger Woods of the United States catches a ball on the 12th tee during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

PGA Golf fans get ready because more schedule changes are coming to the PGA Tour.   PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan made the announcement earlier today:

“I know there’s a lot of curiosity and speculation as to what was discussed and what was decided (at the players-only meeting), but I think it’s important to understand that this process represents a remarkable moment for the PGA Tour and showcases the essence of what being a membership organization is all about,”

“With the best interests of the collective in mind, those players rallied together to strengthen the Tour platform, recognizing that if fans are going to invest in the PGA Tour, it means a hell of a lot more if they know the players are investing right back. I am inspired by our great players, every one of our players, who epitomizes the perpetual values and competitive fabric of our sport.”

The PGA feels they have been under attack by LIV Golf and it’s development.  This seems like an overreaction once again by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monohan.  There have been many, including myself, that feel these changes have already been recommended by Phil Mickelson and others over the past decade but have fallen on deaf ears.

What does this all mean?

  1. Top Players will have to commit to at least 20 PGA Tour Events
  2. The PIP has been increased from the top 10 players to the top 20 for 2022 and 2023
  3. PIP criteria will change next year in 2023.  Consideration of social media impact will be removed.
  4. An Earnings Assurance Program will be started.  This will guarantee a league minimum of $500,000. Rookies and returning tour members will receive this money up front and must play in 15 events in order to collect.
  5. Launching of a Travel Stipend Program.  This will affect those non-exempt members (Nos. 126-150). Players will receive $5,000 for every missed cut to cover all travel expenses, including airfare an d accommodations
  6. Modifications will be made for Life Membership.   No longer will 15 seasons of membership be necessary. Once a player reaches 20 wins, he will be eligible for Life Membership.
  7. Tour Champion participants will earn a two season PGA Tour exemption.

We will have more on this later today on Shemon and Sheppard