PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan makes blockbuster announcements about the tour's future. Photo: Michael Reaves, Getty Images
ATLANTA, GEORGIA | This week at the Tour Championship at East Lake isn’t just the culmination of another PGA Tour season. It’s a point of delineation as the tour announced substantial changes Wednesday to its basic structure when the new season begins next month.
After weeks of speculation about what changes are coming to the tour as it grapples with the heavy-handed impact of LIV Golf’s arrival, commissioner Jay Monahan outlined a sweeping series of changes that assure the top players will tee it up at least 20 times each season while playing for bigger purses.
While changes have been discussed for weeks, the announcement that the tour schedule will feature 12 “elevated events” next season and beyond while also guaranteeing every exempt player a minimum of $500,000 annually is new. It is an outgrowth of a private meeting of 22 top players led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy last week in Delaware.
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