The PGA Tour season ends on Aug. 27. The Ryder Cup begins a month later. After which the highest 50 gamers within the FedEx Cup is not going to must play once more till the beginning of 2024 except they wish to add to their trophy case or checking account.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan would not see many prime gamers staying residence.
“I do not suppose it is sensible a participant goes to the end the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup and never play golf till January,” Monahan mentioned final week on the Wells Fargo Championship.
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The concept of an actual offseason sounds good on paper. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had been amongst those that lobbied for a shorter common season. Woods in 2005 was lobbying for a condensed schedule that might deliver the very best gamers collectively extra typically.
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The FedEx Cup arrived in 2007 and Woods was true to his phrase. He did not play for 10 weeks, returning at his Goal World Problem in December. He gained, prompting Colin Montgomerie to say, “If he took a bloody yr off, it will assist — by no means thoughts 10 weeks.”
Mickelson had a stretch of taking part in post-Tour Championship in Singapore, China and the California occasion his administration firm ran. All had been tied with company and enterprise offers. Woods wound up going to Australia and Asia till again issues slowed him.
Now the PGA Tour will get a way of how this technology of stars will react.
FedEx Cup factors proceed in the course of the seven-tournament fall schedule, although the highest 50 are locked in for all of the $20 million occasions. The autumn is for gamers to maintain full standing by ending within the prime 125 or to enhance their place to qualify for a few of the large occasions.
So why play? The way in which Monahan sees it, that is simply what they do.
“I nonetheless suppose gamers wish to say sharp. They’ll be competing towards gamers within the prime 70. I believe you may see the identical, if no more gamers taking part in at the moment of the yr,” he mentioned. “Hear, profitable is at all times going to have an unimaginable consequence in your profession.”
If that is the case, nonetheless to be decided is the place the highest gamers go. It was Ernie Els who mentioned in 2007 the latter a part of the yr is when “you’ve got received the wheelbarrow out. You wish to money in a bit bit.”
It is also value noting the case of LIV Golf. Some prime gamers, similar to Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, went three months with out competing after the inaugural season ended. Day off did wonders for Koepka’s well being, and he had a runner-up end on the Masters.
Johnson hasn’t contended anyplace since returning and is No. 20 within the LIV Golf standings.
RICKIE’S GOLDEN TICKET
Earlier than he had gained on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler mentioned in a 2011 interview that the standing from being among the many prime 50 within the world was as priceless as profitable a event.
So take into account his tie for 14th within the Wells Fargo Championship a victory.
That was simply sufficient to maneuver Fowler to No. 50 on this week’s world golf rating, a spot he had not been for the reason that finish of November 2020. Fowler missed the lower at Mayakoba and fell to No. 52, and he is been on the skin ever since.
The low level was the tip of the 2022 season when he dropped to No. 185. Fowler tied for sixth on the Fortinet Championship, and he is been steadily climbing ever since. He hasn’t missed a lower since October.
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Fowler would appear sure to remain within the prime 60 after the PGA Championship, which might make him exempt for the U.S. Open. He has to remain within the prime 50 after the PGA to be exempt for the British Open.
The PGA Championship was the one main he performed final yr.
LIV BOTTOM TO MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Sihwan Kim stands out on LIV Golf this yr as a result of his identify at all times appears to be on the backside of the 48-man fields.
Properly, not at all times. He’s coming off his finest end of the season two weeks in the past when he was forty fifth in Singapore. In 5 occasions, Kim has completed forward of a complete of 4 gamers — Chase Koepka, Abraham Ancer and James Piot in Singapore, and Sam Horsfield in Australia when the Englishman withdrew due to damage.
Subsequent up for Kim? The PGA Championship.
By no means thoughts the 34-year-old American is at No. 239 within the world rating. He has earned considered one of three spots from the brand new “Worldwide Federation Rating.” It was created this yr to assist tournaments determine gamers competing on the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.
Kim nailed down one of many prime three spots by profitable the Asian Tour Order of Advantage final yr. He’s in a droop in the mean time, however he would not must look too far again to search out good golf. He gained twice final yr, together with the Worldwide Sequence-Thailand, and three of his seven prime 10s had been in Worldwide Sequence occasions.
The opposite two Worldwide Federation Rating spots are going to Kazuki Higa of Japan and Ockie Strydom of South Africa. Higa acquired an invite to the Masters final month.
Kim was freshman of the yr at Stanford, and he gained the U.S. Junior Novice in 2008 at The Olympic Membership in San Francisco. The PGA shall be his second main. He missed the lower within the British Open at St. Andrews final summer season.
EYE ON PEBBLE
The U.S. Ladies’s Open is lastly going to probably the most iconic U.S. Open course, and there’s an extended line to get in. The USGA has accepted a report 2,107 entries for the Ladies’s Open at Pebble Seaside on July 6-9.
Pebble Seaside has held the lads’s U.S. Open six occasions, and now the world’s finest ladies get a crack. The U.S. Ladies’s Open already is ready to return to Pebble three extra occasions via 2048.
It was the primary time the variety of entries surpassed 2,000. The earlier report was 1,874 set final yr for the Ladies’s Open at Pine Needles.
Qualifying started Tuesday and takes place at 23 programs via June 7. Amongst those that signed as much as qualify embody previous champions Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, who every acquired exemptions two years in the past.
Three-time Ladies’s Open champion Annika Sorenstam acquired a particular exemption, as did 2011 champion So Yeon Ryu.
The PGA Tour is enhancing its “PGA Tour College” program by providing the main participant popping out of school a card for the remainder of 2023 and all of 2024 (topic to re-rankings throughout 2024). Gamers who end at Nos. 2-5 have Korn Ferry standing via 2024 and might play limitless PGA Tour occasions on sponsor exemptions. … The Epson Tour is including the Black Desert Resort Championship in Salt Lake Metropolis to its schedule. The report purse of $375,000 brings the season prize fund to over $5 million. 5 years in the past, the tour’s prize cash was just below $3 million. … Ludvig Aberg of Texas Tech has an opportunity to hitch Jon Rahm as the one back-to-back winners of the Ben Hogan Award given to the nation’s prime school golfer. Aberg was named a finalist together with Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt and Michael Thorbjornsen of Stanford. … Six days after he was appointed Presidents Cup captain, Jim Furyk was tapped to be considered one of Zach Johnson’s assistants on the Ryder Cup. Furyk, the U.S. captain within the 2018 loss in France, was an assistant for profitable groups at Hazeltine and Whistling Straits.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Out of 11 gamers with LIV Golf who filed an antitrust lawsuit towards the PGA Tour final August, solely Bryson DeChambeau and Matt Jones stay as plaintiffs. Peter Uihlein was the newest participant to take away himself from the lawsuit.
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“Tiger was fairly clear when he captained the Presidents Cup in Australia that was going to be his second. He desires that second to be shared with others. As soon as he tells you he will do one thing a sure approach, that is the best way he will do it.” — Jay Monahan on why Tiger Woods wasn’t thought of to be Presidents Cup captain once more