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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy unveil new plans to reshape PGA Tour to benefit biggest names in the game

The two titans of the game are now spearheading an effort to reward the top players on the PGA Tour



Tiger Woods convened a players-only meeting on Tuesday, and No Laying Up covered the details of the gathering of some of the best golfers in the world. There were 23 golfers in total listening to Woods and Rory McIlroy’s suggestion to change the PGA Tour and encourage those players to participate in the same tournaments more frequently.

According to the same story, Woods and McIlroy started developing such a strategy at the J.P. McManus Pro-Am in Ireland in early July, where they first hosted a players’ meeting. To assess the viability of their idea, the two head coaches have also consulted with consultants and advisors, like as PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who met with players on Wednesday.

The PGA Tour and the proposal still need to agree on several details, such as which tournaments will gain upgraded status and how many players will compete in these events. Players will also have to compete in three standard PGA Tour events in addition to the 15 elevated events.

Personally, I think it would be great if they switched up the events that get the most attention. Just picture the scenes in Minnesota when Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm are going head-to-head in the final stretch of the 3M Open. Players would naturally be forced to add trips to their schedules that they would not normally make as a result, adding to the legacy of some of the less prestigious competitions on the circuit.

For those participants who might be eliminated from these competitions, their best chance of competing would be to qualify through regular PGA Tour stops with strong finishes, similar to what happens for The Open in the middle of the summer.

All those present departed Tuesday’s meeting in accord with Woods and McIlroy and expressed their support for the concept, suggesting that initial reactions to the presentation were favorable.

playing participants

Official World Golf Player Ranking Mr. Scottie Scheffler Patrick Cantlay, one Rory McIlroy three Four Xander Schauffele Jon Rahm 5 No. 6 Justin Thomas Colby Morikawa Viktor Hovland, 8 Will Zalatoris, 9 Matt Fitzpatrick, and 10 11 Jordan Spieth, 12 Sam Burns Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, and 15 Joaquin Niemann 17 Cameron Young Max Homa, 18, Shane Lowry, 22, Tyrrell Hatton age 23 Kevin Kisner, 27 Adam Scott, 29, Rickie Fowler 32 172 1 118 Tiger Woods

When reading this article, the first of my two initial views concerns the names that are not included above. Cameron Smith, Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, and Tom Kim were the only four players absent from the meeting, which featured 16 of the top-20 golfers according to the Official World Golf Rankings.

Smith, the No. 2 player in the world and the Champion Golfer of the Year, withdrew from the BMW Championship due to hip pain when he was out of town, although he is said to have joined LIV Golf. Matsuyama’s immediate area is currently tranquil, but there have been rumblings regarding his possible departure.

Second, some people would compare this strategy to World Golf Championships or even the LIV Golf Invitational Series as a surefire way to cash in on the top PGA Tour players. Although accurate, this suggestion would also enhance the PGA Tour’s offering.

The major championships, FedEx Cup Playoffs, and invitational tournaments like the Genesis Invitational all feature the top players in the game around eight times a year. This would increase that number by two and bring greater attention to the PGA Tour, benefiting fans, elite athletes, and business leaders. The foundation is solid, but as with many PGA Tour adjustments, implementation will probably take some time.

According to reports, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will collaborate to host a new slate of VIP events for the biggest names in the sport. The First Cut is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.