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PGA Tour to allow players to skip one ‘elevated’ event

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Oct 23, 2022; Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA; Jon Rahm reacts to a missed birdie putt on the third green during the final round of THE CJ CUP in South Carolina golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour made headlines when it announced that players would need to participant in all “elevated” events to earn Player Impact Program (PIP) bonuses, but the Tour shifted gears this week, giving all players one exemption apiece for those events.

Jon Rahm was a notable dissenter when the requirements were made public, predicting, “I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes.”

Rahm, as it turns out, was prophetic. The PGA’s latest guidance allowing players to miss an event for “personal or professional reasons” and still be eligible to collect PIP bonuses, which are rising from $50 million to $100 million next year.

In total, 13 events will be designated as “elevated” in 2023. In order, those events are the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Phoenix Open, the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players, the World Golf Championships, RBC Heritage, Wells Fargo Championship, the Memorial Tournament, Travelers Championship, St. Jude, BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.

Those 13 events have helped raise the estimated total purse for next season, from $428.6 million to $528.9 million.

–Field Level Media