PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan held a press briefing on Thursday with the Wells Fargo Championships scheduled to begin. Monahan told us that he, along with his team, are planning some changes for the PGA Tour in 2019.
He confirmed the plan, without going into too much detail. If it becomes a reality, the PGA Tour’s schedule for 2024 will be a big deal. Monahan said that the decision to create a schedule of events will be made in the coming weeks.
It is expected that the timetable for 2024 will be announced by this summer. He did make it clear, however, that the team is looking for a clear separation between designated events and non-designated ones next year. He said that the Tour wanted to avoid the situations they experienced this year.
Monahan said to the media: ” We will make any necessary adjustments but I believe that when we announce the schedule it is more likely that the events in the positions that we have chosen would remain in the positions they are currently in on a longer-term basis.” According to reports, Wells Fargo RBC Heritage AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Travelers Championships are part of the designated events for next year.
Rory McIlroy lost $3 million because of the PIP rule
Monahan determined that Rory McIlroy would lose $3 million of his $12 million bonus from the Player Impact Program. A player may opt out of participating in any tournament. He chose to opt out of the RBC Heritage. He had to forfeit 3 million dollars as a result.
In such incidents, McIlroy had the right to choose Monahan earlier this year. Now, he’ll be treated the same as everyone else. The players can decide whether or not they want to participate. Monahan said that McIlroy was aware of the conditions and had no choice but accept them.
According to the Player Impact Program if a participant decides not to attend a second tournament they will be penalized by 25 percent. The Player Impact Program will only overlook this if the player is unable to attend the tournament for medical reasons.
Monahan also addressed the fact that designated events would take place only on limited fields. According to the writer of this article, the PGA expects no-cut events in 2019.