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PGA Tour to create eight super tournaments to compete with Saudi-backed league

The controversial arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf has shaken the sport and now the PGA Tour is reacting with innovations of its own, including new lucrative super tournaments.

The PGA Tour quickly took a stance against LIV Golf and moved to suspend its 17 members who played in the first event. Now, they are announcing plans of their own which could help keep more players and sponsors onside.

From next season, beginning in September 2023, the PGA Tour calendar will have a new look. In fact, the plan is to return to a season which reflects the calendar year.

Perhaps the most striking part of the new plans being reported is the addition of eight new ‘super’ tournaments which will each be worth at least 20 million dollars.

These new high-profile events would feature only the top 50 players from the previous season and there would be no cut. Those not in the top 50 will compete in alternative events where they will attempt to improve their standing for the following season.

These new events are huge in terms of the money being talked about, dwarfing the existing majors. The only current PGA event which is on the same level is the Players Championship which has a pot of 20 million dollars.


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