PGA Tour announces big (money) changes to challenge LIV Golf threat

In the face of the big-money threat by LIV Golf, the PGA Tour has announced changes. And it’s all about the money.

A snap meeting with players including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy last week has resulted in the PGA Tour announcing a raft of changes to counter the threat of the LIV Tour. And not surprisingly, most of them revolve around money—lots of it.

In a letter sent out to players, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monaghan outlined the changes, which include elevating 12 tournaments with an average purse of $20 million that the top players have committed to playing, guaranteeing fully exempt players $500,000 minimum a season, making the TOUR Championship no offers a two-year exemption, and a new Travel Stipend Program for non-exempt players – essentially $5,000 for a missed cut.

It’s all about retaining players thinking of jumping ship to the LIV Golf Tour and sprucing up what has become a dull, all-year season.

For the golf fan, not a lot has changed aside from the fact you will see the best players competing for more money in a Super Series-style league within the PGA Tour.

It all sounds a little familiar.

Of the 12 elevated tournaments announced so far, just the one – The Open – is played outside the US.

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