As the 2023 season approaches, the PGA Tour will implement new measures that will guarantee that the best players will be able to compete against each other more often. This includes increasing purses by an average of $20 million per tournament and expanding the player impact program from $50 million to $100 million. This will ensure that more top players can compete against one another and make the Tour's television broadcasts more entertaining and compelling. In addition, the season will become shorter, allowing for more competitive matches.
PGA Tour implements new measures to guarantee top players will compete against each other more often in 2023
The PGA Tour is taking steps to ensure top players compete against each other more often by increasing the prize money at more events. The PGA Tour will add four additional events with purses of $20 million or more to its schedule in 2023, including the Players Championship. In addition, top players will be required to play at least 20 events.
The PGA Tour is also creating an Earnings Assurance Program that will guarantee top players at least $500,000 per season. This program will apply to players on the PGA Tour and those who are exempt. Players who play at least 15 tournaments will be eligible to participate. This guarantee will be given regardless of how much prize money they win in the tournament. Players have been complaining about the lack of off season on the PGA Tour. It can be tough for players to get a break and stay competitive in the FedEx Cup.
The PGA Tour will also implement changes to the fall schedule. No longer will the FedEx Cup season begin in the fall, but the fall schedule will include three tournaments abroad. Some of these events could feature guaranteed money and a team element. It will also return to a calendar-year official schedule. In the past, the PGA Tour paid the top 10 players a bonus pool of $50 million. However, the new Player Impact Program will pay up to $100 million to the top 20 players. In addition to the prize money, the PIP will measure how many media mentions, TV exposure, and fan awareness players receive.
PGA Tour purses increase to an average of $20 million
The PGA Tour has announced that purses for its regular season events will rise by roughly $70 million in 2022. The money largely comes from surging revenues and Tour reserves, which are unspent funds from previous years. These increases will help entice more players to compete on the Tour.
In addition to the higher purses, the FedEx Cup bonus fund will also increase by $15 million. The PGA Tour will also increase the purses at several major events. The Players Championship and the Tour Championship will each be worth a whopping $20 million, while the FedEx St. Jude Championship and BMW Championship will each see a $15 million boost. The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play will also increase its purse to an average of $20 million.
The PGA Tour is also adding new events and a new calendar. The PGA Tour plans to have eight tournaments in the upcoming season, each with an average purse of $20 million. This will allow more top players to compete in the top-level tour events. Despite the increase in purses, the PGA Tour still has a long way to go to compete with the LIV Series in cash, as foreign monarchies are investing billions in the sport.
PGA Tour's player impact program increases from $50 million to $100 million
The PGA Tour's Player Impact Program has increased from $50 million to $100 million in prize money. The program recognizes players who generate more media attention and fan awareness. It pays out bonuses based on factors like TV exposure, social media reach, and media mentions. Players will be rewarded for their efforts in their home markets.
This new player incentive program has been in place since January 2021 and will continue to grow in size. It will reward the top 20 players from a field of 10 in various categories, including fan engagement. The criteria will include general awareness, internet searches, media mentions, broadcast exposure, and other factors.
As part of the PGA Tour's player incentive program changes, commissioner Jay Monahan announced that the prize pool would grow to $100 million. In addition, the prize pool will expand to include eight formal events plus four additional events with purses of at least $20 million. The new prize money will be distributed to twenty players in 2023.
FedEx Cup season is more condensed.
The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup season is more condensed than in previous years. The season runs from January to August, with the fall months devoted to the qualification series for the upcoming calendar year and international events. It is expected to add as many as three international events per year. The top 50 players from the fall events will also be a part of the FedEx Cup.
FedEx Cup standings are accumulated and are not a fixed point system, resulting in large disparities between players. The top 50 players in the FedEx Cup will qualify for the BMW Championship. The top performers will compete in an international series that will be announced later. It is expected that these series will feature large purses.
The FedEx Cup season on the PGA Tour will be more condensed in the 2020 season. The Tour will replace the Northern Trust Championship with the FedEx St. Jude Championship, which is a more condensed version of the tournament. The Tour Championship will have 30 players instead of 70.