Report: PGA Tour to focus on elevated events, delay plans for international series

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It appears the PGA Tour may be pivoting once again when it comes to future plans regarding its schedule.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported the Tour was delaying previously announced plans for a three-event global series featuring the game’s best players competing for $25 million purses in order to focus its attention on its recently announced slate of 13 elevated tournaments. During his “State of the Tour” address ahead of last week’s season-ending Tour Championship, commissioner Jay Monahan rolled out a series of announcements that ranged from top players committing to 20 events starting next season to his firm stance on not allowing LIV Golf players to return to the Tour.

The three-event international series, announced Aug. 1 after Golfweek previously reported on the matter, was slated to feature limited fields that included the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings and no cuts. ESPN’s report stated the series may be staged in the future. With more elevated events added to the schedule, the Tour worried the global series may be too much for players who want more of an offseason break.

The 2022-23 schedule will feature record prize money thanks to increases in both tournament purses and bonus pools. Only the 70 players who earn a berth in the playoffs in 2023 will secure their playing privileges for the 2024 season, when the PGA Tour will revert back to a calendar year format.

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek