PGA Tour leader Jay Monahan announces schedule changes and increased purses amid LIV Golf threat

CROMWELL — The comments from PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan were more measured, less hostile and, most importantly, with a plan for the future of the Tour.

In his first public comments since June 12, Monahan outlined a plan Wednesday afternoon at TPC River Highlands, site of this week’s Travelers Championship, that would include changing the tour schedule, narrowing the field for the inaugural FedExCup event and creating a handful of international events comes with a limited, uncircumcised field for the top players in the FedExCup leaderboard.

But make no mistake, the Commissioner’s stance on the LIV Golf Invitational Series hasn’t changed: a threat to the game of golf and what it has stood for over the decades.

“I’m not naive. If this is an arms race and the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can’t compete,” said Monahan, who graduated from Trinity College in Hartford. “The PGA Tour, an American institution, cannot compete with a foreign monarchy that spends billions of dollars to buy the game of golf.”

In his June 12 interview with CBS Sports at the Canadian Open, Monahan discussed how the LIV series needed the PGA Tour to survive, calling the LIV “exhibition games,” as opposed to 54-hole no-cut events the 72 holes of the tour, among others. Monahan was clearly angry.

On Wednesday, the future plan, which Monahan says was discussed in detail at a players-only 100-player meeting, was announced.

The 2022-23 season will be the last with the current all-around schedule, which begins after the Tour Championships in late August. The fall events in 2023 will determine the final top 125 on the FedExCup points list, all of whom qualify for the 2024 season.

The 2024 FedExCup season runs from January to August.

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