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There will be no more hybrid tournaments (for now) and the PGA Tour school ‘returns’

Jay Monahan, Commissioner of the PGA Tour.

Jay Monahan y Keith Pelley They have appeared together before the media this Tuesday. Both by videoconference. Monahan, from the John Deere Classicand Pelley, from the Irish Open. Well-structured speeches, full of good words, sensational intentions, but just content and explanations.

The most concrete thing that has been said is that it significantly changes the way to get to the PGA Tour. Starting in 2023, the best 10 of the Race to Dubai who are not already members of the PGA Tour, the top 30 in the Korn Ferry Tour at the end of the year and the top five of the PGA Tour School.

Three great novelties. The ten cards for the DP World Tour They are explained in this link.. As for the Korn Ferry Tour, the change is substantial. Until now, the top 25 from the regular season plus another 25 through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. A boat soon, it gives the feeling that the Korn Ferry Tour loses with the change, although it must be said that in the Final Series of the circuit those 25 cards were played the best 75 of the year with which he had finished from position 126 to 200 on the FedEx Cup. Now they will be the first 30 without more crosses or playoffs.

The other big change is the ‘return’ of the PGA Tour school. In 2023 it will once again serve as direct access to the American circuit. Specifically, the first five of the school will get the card. There were no bridges between the school and the PGA Tour since 2012. Notice if it has been a while since in that last generation that entered the Tour through this ‘qualifying’ they were Patrick Reed, Billy Horschel o At Reavie’s. Almost nothing. From 2012 and until next year, the school was only used to access the Korn Ferry Tour.

In this sense, neither Pelley nor Monahan have said anything about the possibility of a new final series where players from the Korn Ferry, PGA Tour and DP World Tour compete for the PGA Tour card. It doesn’t mean that we won’t have this qualifier, but for now it seems that the idea is parked. This would mean that all those who remain beyond position 70 of the FedEx Cup they will lose the card and will have to go down to the Korn Ferry without a play-off option. We will see if this is the case or if they finally announce some final series as they had been studying.

If we add the 70 that keep the card, plus the 30 from the Korn Ferry Tour, the 10 from the DP World and the 5 from the School, 115 players come out. It should not be ruled out that a final series will be created to grant ten more cards and reach the figure of 125, which are the ones that maintain the card on the PGA Tour today.

What is parked at the moment is the creation of new hybrid tournaments. “We are not going to explore for the moment the possibility of creating new hybrid tournamentsMonahan said. This being the case, for now the European Tour will have to settle for the Scottish Open, Barbasol y Barracuda.

Similarly, with the intention of creating a competition structure that is as global as possible, Pelley has announced that there will be European Tour cards from 2024 for the best players on the Sunshine Tour and of ISPS Handa Tour de Australasia. They have not yet determined in what way or in what number, but there will be a bridge.

Another aspect that they will have to study is what happens to those players who achieve the PGA Tour card through the Race to Dubai and lose it the following year. Will there be a way back to the European Tour? Will they automatically be members of the DP World Tour or will they lose all their rights if they haven’t scored enough in the Race to Dubai by keeping both cards? Pelley has said they will study how to provide that way back, though he hasn’t specified how.

Finally, the figure for which the PGA Tour has bought that 25 percent of more than European Tour Productions until reaching 40. The figure is not official, but according to sources quoted by Golfweek, the investment could be around 100 million dollars. There you have the increase in the DP World Tour prize pools starting next year.

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