LIV Golf Brutally Mocks PGA Tour Revamps but Rory McIlroy Approves
- LIV Golf trolled the PGA Tour for sweeping changes coming in 2024
- Some of the changes include limited fields and a new no-cuts policy
- Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy backed the PGA's changes
LIV Golf took to Twitter to mock the imminent PGA Tour changes of limited fields and a no-cuts policy, set to be implemented in prestigious tour events in coming years.
Four-time major champion, Rory McIlroy has welcomed the changes however, saying it will make the PGA Tour more competitive.
The new changes will see the top eight of its events outside of the majors have limited fields and no 36-hole cuts. Those designated events are set to deter more players from defecting to LIV Golf.
PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan said the wholesale changes were aimed at delivering a better product to the fans.
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LIV, sponsored by oil-rich Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) to the tune of around $2 billion, features 48-player fields divided into 12 teams and has no cuts.
Changes to the PGA Tour
The wholesale changes by PGA will try to fend off the threat of LIV Golf. They've introduced 12 designated events for the 2023 season, each worth up to $20 mil.
However, more sweeping changes will be put in place in 2024 including having between 70 and 78 players.
50 players from the previous year's FedEx Cup and the top 10 from the points list will be included, per the BBC. Moreover, five golfers will have to qualify via non-designated events.
Furthermore, the PGA tour will provide flexibility for the top players in that they won't need to take part in a mandatory number of events.
"These smaller, designated event fields will not only deliver substantial, can't-miss tournaments to our fans at important intervals throughout the season, but they will also enhance the quality of Full-Field events," he said via ESPN.
McIlroy, ranked third in the world, has welcomed the new changes.
"I'm all about rewarding good play. It's trying to get the top guys versus the hot guys, right? I think that creates a really compelling product."
The four majors - the Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship - and the Players Championship will have cuts at the halfway stage but the field will have up to 156 players.
More on Rory McIlroy
Sports Brief also revealed facts about McIlroy, including details about his biography, career earnings and family.
He has spent over 100 weeks at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking and is a member of the England and PGA Tours.
The Northern Ireland player is one of only a handful to have won three major championships before the age of 25.