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PGA 2024: Changes are coming
Jon Rahm extended an olive branch different kind of limb
JT’s Fedex Playoff streak is broken 😒
The PGA Tour’s 2024 schedule has been leaked
As we’re reaching the end of the 2023 season, there’s one thing we have to recognize.
That is the sheer number of leaks the PGA tour has had this year.
At this point they might as well not even bother with an “official” schedule release.
But we digress.
The big question: What has changed now that the PIF and PGA Tour are working together?
Not so much as we had speculated, but there definitely are some changes.
🚨 2024 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE 🚨
-4 no cut events (Genesis, API, Players, Memorial)
— Rickie Fowler Tracker (@Rickie_Tracker)
Aug 3, 2023
(Side note: Anyone else notice that the Genesis Invitational, essentially put on by Tiger, who hates the idea of no-cut events, is one of four no-cut events 👀)
For one, the 2024 season will follow the calendar year, which it hasn’t done in close to ten years. Also, there will be more no-cut events and a lot more tournaments will have significantly smaller fields.
Here are some of the highlights from the leaked 2024 schedule:
Designated events will likely not be mandatory for top players anymore.
The Memorial Tournament, which used to be 2 weeks ahead of the US Open, was moved to be one week before the major.
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the RBC Heritage, the Wells Fargo Championship, and the Travelers Championship will be no-cut events.
The regular season will end on September 1st with the Tour Championship.
From what we can see, and assuming the PIF/Tour deal goes through, the big changes will probably come in 2025. This is understandable since such a gigantic deal will have to go through a lot of red tape before it’s finalized.
Jon Rahm is probably not being literal
The number 3 ranked golfer in a recent radio interview mentioned that the only LIV golfer he would consider for the European Ryder Cup team is Sergio Garcia.
He went so far as to say that, with all due respect to everyone else, he would still choose him even with a missing leg.
I highly doubt Sergio would be of much help with just one leg.
But even if Sergio was to play with both his legs, which he still has in functioning order, the argument could be made that he still wouldn’t be much help for team Europe.
That’s because this season hasn’t been all that great for Sergio Garcia.
Still, Rahm is upset by the fact that Serg won’t be on the team.
🏆🇺🇸🇪🇺 #WATCH: Jon Rahm sounds off after being asked about Ryder Cup Captain Luke Donald telling Sergio he won’t be on the team: “I will miss him” + “I have a hard time to believe that the best player Europe has ever had isn’t fit to be on the team.”
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF)
May 30, 2023
He’s done only okay at LIV events, and the Majors haven’t seen him shine.
And since one of the criteria to make the team is recent performances, this would surely play against him.
The whole point is moot since the main requirement is to have an active DP World Tour membership, which Garcia doesn’t have since he decided to cash in his big LIV check.
JT comes this close to Fedex Cup Playoffs
Picture this: Justin Thomas, standing on the 18th tee at Sedgefield Country Club, knowing that a birdie at the Wyndham Championship would bump him into the FedEx Cup’s Top 70.
He pulls his tee shot left…
Salvages a second shot that lands tantalizingly close to the green.
Now, Thomas is facing a 34-yard chip, a shot that he needs to drop. And oh boy, did it come close!
His perfectly struck chip lands smoothly, bounces a few times, smooches the flagstick… and bounces away. Thomas hits the deck, lying flat in disbelief.
The effort, the emotions… Justin Thomas hits the pin on the 18th for birdie which would of put him inside the Top 70 for the FedEx Cup Playoffs😞
— Playing Through (@_PlayingThrough)
Aug 6, 2023
“It would have been incredible if it would have gone in,” says a still hopeful Thomas. Despite this near-miss, he finds himself 71st in the FedEx Cup standings—missing the cut for the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
But this isn’t his first rodeo.
Reminiscing about his rookie year, Thomas says, “I was told that I’m in the TOUR Championship; it’s all good… Then, someone birdies his last three, someone makes a 30-footer, and suddenly I’m the first man out. But at the same time that happens, the other way can happen too.”
Meme of the Day
The worst 💔
— Tour Golf (@PGATUOR)
Aug 6, 2023
That’s all for today, Golf Fans. Tune in Thursday for another exciting issue of Easy Pars!