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As elevated PGA Tour event, Memorial Tournament likely to reduce field, eliminate cut

It appears The Memorial will be reduced from 120 players to an estimated 80, with no cuts.
It appears The Memorial will be reduced from 120 players to an estimated 80, with no cuts.

The Memorial Tournament likely will be shrinking in number of participants even as it grows in status.

The PGA Tour has not announced which of its elevated tournaments in 2024 will be limited fields with no more than 80 players and no cuts, but Rory McIlroy said Tuesday at The Players Championship that eight of the events will be no-cut.

The Memorial appears to be one of the eight, meaning the field will be reduced from 120 to an estimated 80, with all pros playing into the weekend and earning a paycheck regardless of how poorly they play. Other no-cut events would include the recently-concluded Arnold Palmer Invitational, Genesis Invitational and RBC Heritage.

The four majors, as well as the Players and FedEx Cup playoffs, will continue with cuts.

Memorial Tournament director Dan Sullivan texted The Dispatch Tuesday with a statement that read, “No official comment other than – we are working closely with the TOUR as the schedule and plans evolve for 2024 and look forward to sharing details in the near future.”

The Memorial, held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, ranks as a designated event in 2023, with its purse increasing from $12 million last year to $20 million in June.

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Memorial Tournament one of eight PGA Tour events to change format