PGA Tour responds to rival LIV Golf League with proposed schedule change, purse widens: report

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The PGA Tour intensifies its response Rival Saudi-backed golf leagues This week, an eight-event series is proposed to be worth at least $160 million in total prize proceeds, according to multiple reports.

Commissioner Jay Monahan met with players on Tuesday ahead of this week’s Travelers Championship to discuss changes to the Tour schedule, including “eight limited-field no-cut events, $20 million or more” for top 50 finishers. Will join the purse with more. Last season’s FedEx Cup standings,” Gold Digest reported, Citing several players present in the meeting,

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of the Players Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sagaras on March 8, 2022 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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Sources told ESPN that although nothing has been officially announced, the changes Expected to be approved for the 2023 season,

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According to ESPN, the increase in prize earnings will affect many existing tournaments and will be paid for by sponsors or tour reserves.

The topic of returning to the calendar season and changing FedEx Cup playoff qualification from the top 125 players to the top 70 were also discussed, the two players told the Associated Press.

The PGA Tour logo is seen during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2021 in San Diego, California.

The PGA Tour logo is seen during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2021 in San Diego, California.
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The news comes after reports that eight-time PGA Tour winner Brooks Koepka is the latest player to join LIV Golf. He remained in the field for the Travelers Championship, although he was not at a player meeting at TPC River Highlands on Tuesday morning.

Brooks Koepka of the United States waits to play his second shot on the third hole during the second round of the 2022 US Open Championship at The Country Club on June 17, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Brooks Koepka of the United States waits to play his second shot on the third hole during the second round of the 2022 US Open Championship at The Country Club on June 17, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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Koepka is expected to join his brother Chris Koepka at Pumpkin Ridge Gold Club for the first LIV Golf Invitational Portland, starting next Friday.

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LIV Golf, backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, has gradually Named among some of the top ranked players on the PGA Tour With its remarkable signing bonus and purse.

Charl Schwartzell of the Stinger GC celebrates with teammates Hennie du Plessis (L) and Brandon Grace (R) with the LIV Golf Invitational individual trophy on the third day of the LIV Golf Invitational - London at The Centurion Club on June 11 Keep your runner up trophies during  2022 in St Albans, England.

Charl Schwartzell of the Stinger GC celebrates with teammates Hennie du Plessis (L) and Brandon Grace (R) with the LIV Golf Invitational individual trophy on the third day of the LIV Golf Invitational – London at The Centurion Club on June 11 Keep your runner up trophies during 2022 in St Albans, England.
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Two-time PGA Tour winner Charl Schwartzel becomes LIV Golf Invitational Champion for the first time last week and took in a whopping $4.75 million, making it the richest tournament in golf history.