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The PGA is putting its plans for a worldwide series on the backburner.
Mark Schlabach of ESPN reported the tour is “tabling” the thought of having three international events with $25 million prize purses after initially announcing the initiative in June.
The PGA will instead shift its focus to the 13 stateside events with “elevated” purses. The FedEx Cup playoff tournaments, Sentry Tournament of Champions, Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players, Memorial Tournament, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play are locked in as yearly events set to obtain increased focus.
Four other events will undoubtedly be area of the anticipate a rotational basis.
PGA commissioner Jay Monahan has been at the forefront of the ongoing civil war in golf between your PGA and the fledgling LIV Golf. As LIV has continued to poach players with massive guaranteed salaries, Monahan has doubled down on the PGA’s touring model while banning LIV players from competing in PGA events.
The hostility between your two sides has carried to the players, with several prominent PGA stars ripping their LIV counterparts.
“I hate what it’s doing to golf,” Rory McIlroy told reporters. “I hate it. I must say i do. Like, it will likely be hard for me personally to stomach likely to Wentworth in several weeks’ time and seeing 18 [LIV golfers] there. That just doesn’t sit right with me.”
LIV’s schedule takes players all over the world but is a lot more limited in nature, playing only eight tournaments in 2022 before expanding to 14 next year. The PGA Tour has its top players locked set for a 20-tournament season from 2023.
Schlabach reported the international events could have been too taxing on players given their increased commitment to the present schedule.