The PGA Tour revealed its brand-new Designated Events Model on Wednesday, which, essentially, was extensively commended by gamers that talked with the media concerning the changes.
But that does not suggest everyone remains in contract.
“I hate them,” James Hahn informed Golfweek’sAdam Schupak “I’m gonna say exactly what 99.99 percent of fans said about players leaving for the LIV tour. If our players just said, ‘We’re doing this for the money,’ I would have a lot more respect for them. But how they’re covering up what they’re doing and trying to make it a thing about sponsors and fans and saving opposite-field events. I think that’s all BS.”
Under the brand-new design, which PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan described to gamers by means of a memorandum previously today, 8 choose designated occasions in 2024 will certainly currently contain 70 to 80 gamers and also will not have a 36-hole cut. That’s a separation from this year, where all designated occasions (with the exception of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and also the playoffs) had or will certainly have complete areas and also cuts.
All 4 majors, the Players Championship, and also the 3 FedEx Cup Playoff occasions will certainly continue to be the same for following year.
The designated occasions were produced in 2015 and also presented for the very first time in 2023, a response, partly, to the increase of LIVGolf The designated occasions assure the leading gamers on the planet will certainly go to the very same occasions and also brag massive handbags.
But with the brand-new style start in 2024, a few of those designated occasions will not have complete areas, refuting some PGA Tour gamers a possibility at enormous cash advances.
The leading gamers will immediately certify, and also the top-five golf enthusiasts that make one of the most FedEx Cup factors in the non-designated competitions in between the designated weeks, otherwise currently certified, obtain places in the upcoming designated competition. A win in any kind of event likewise boosts gamers to all the designated competitions, yet in general the areas will certainly still be substantially smaller sized.
Hahn informed Golfweek it’s “a two-tiered system with a feeder tour onto the elevated Tour series.” But Max Homa claimed he’s a follower of the brand-new tweaks; Patrick Cantlay called them interesting changes; and also Rory McIlroy claimed he likes the brand-new style.
“You play well for two or three weeks, you’re in a designated event,” McIlroy claimed. “You know then if you keep playing well you stay in them. So, for example, someone like a Chris Kirk last week that wins Honda, he’s set. Winning is really important on this Tour and good play and rewarding that.”
But back to Hahn, that at this moment has been just one of minority– or initially?– singing skeptics.
“All the big names that are talking about this new product, if you just came out and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this for the money,’ they want more guaranteed money and this is another way to funnel more money to the top players in the world, I’d have a lot more respect for them,” he informedGolfweek “Right now, they’re just covering their ass and saying everything that the PGA Tour basically has trained them to say, have taught them to say and try to make it not about money when everyone knows 100 percent it’s about more guaranteed money being funneled to the top players in the world. We’ve been talking about money for the last two years and for them not to say that that’s not the No. 1 reason why they’re making these changes — it’s very, very hypocritical.”
While some gamers claimed cutting the area for the designated occasions enhances the area for the non-designated Tour quits, Hahn saw it a various method.
“The solution to their problem is to limit the number of players that get into elevated events to force the other players to play in the other full-field non-elevated events,” he claimed. “To me, it’s a road that we have to be very careful on because going to back our mission and our purpose is to be able to create the best playing opportunities for our membership and be able to contribute and donate back to the communities and the charities that we play in. It seems like the major theme over these past few years has been how do we get the most money to the most popular players on our Tour?”
Hahn had great deals much more to claim, also, riffing on the Player Impact Program, Jordan Spieth and also others’ impact on the PGA Tour plan board and also even more. You can review everything right here
Hahn, 41, rests at 169th in the FedEx Cup standings. He’s won two times in his occupation and also made 3 of 9 cuts this period, his last begin coming with the Genesis Invitational 2 weeks back.
“I’ll play the remainder of this year with full status and then next year I’ll probably end up with conditional status, past-champion status and I’ll play in those opposite-field events and then retire the following year because I mean, I’m older,” Hahn claimed. “I can’t really hang with the younger stars of our game. I mean, they’re really good. They’re really good. But also I don’t feel like the Tour is going in a direction that the majority of PGA Tour players like.”
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