Golf’s PGA Tour has unveiled a revamped FedEx Cup schedule as part of an expanded calendar for the remainder of 2023.
Seven official PGA Tour events will feature on a new 'FedExCup Fall' calendar, which will run from September to November and via which players will be able to secure their PGA Tour status and earn additional playing opportunities for the 2024 season.
Winners of each event will continue to receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption, 500 FedExCup points, entry into the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Players Championship, and additionally qualify for majors where PGA Tour victories count as eligibility status.
Beginning this year, only the top 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list at the end of the regular season in August qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs and guarantee their full playing status for the following season.
The top 50 in the 2023 FedExCup standings will already be securely into all 2024 events, including the designated events, while those who finish 51st to 70th will have their PGA Tour status secured for next season but without a guaranteed entry into the designated events.
Players ranked 51 and below will carry their FedExCup points from the regular season and first FedExCup Playoff and continue to accumulate points through the autumn tournaments, with the top 125 in the standings at the end of 2023 then exempt for the full-field events for the 2024 season.
The 2024 campaign will return to a calendar-year schedule of January to August.
The designated events are eight no-cut events with smaller fields, more FedExCup points, and increased prize purses of around $20 million. The eight events included have yet to be announced.
The field for designated events will include the top 50 players from the previous year's FedEx Cup standings and the top 10 players from the latest points list. Five players will also be able to qualify through non-designated events.
The FedExCup Fall begins at the Fortinet Championship from September 14 to 17 before taking a two-week hiatus, during which the Ryder Cup will be contested in Rome.
It will conclude with the Butterfield Bermuda Championship (November 6 to 12) and The RSM Classic (November 13 to 19).
The FedExCup Fall will award $56.6 million in prize money.
Tyler Dennis, PGA Tour president, said: “We are launching the most meaningful updates to the PGA Tour season since 2007, the first year of the FedExCup.
“The reimagining of our schedule creates distinct but connected ‘chapters,’ and within this new framework, the FedExCup Fall is now more than ever an integral part of that compelling story. There will be so much at stake – and more immediate payoffs – as opportunities are unlocked in the FedExCup Fall for the season to come.
“Players have the chance to secure or improve their playing status and earn additional benefits for the following season, and we are confident a number of top performers will continue to support events that have traditionally fit into their respective schedules.”
The move represents the latest calendar revamp by the PGA Tour as part of its ongoing battle for supremacy with the rival LIV Golf circuit.
The tour revealed additional details around its designated events just last month (March) for the 2024 season, which followed a raft of reforms announced last year aimed at “offering a more compelling product for players, fans, and partners.”
The vast changes come against the backdrop of numerous tour players leaving to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf League (formerly the LIV Golf Invitational Series).
LIV has managed to snare several high-profile players such as Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, Dustin Reed, and Phil Mickelson.
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