PGA alters game state guidelines due to coronavirus
LOS ANGELES: The PGA Tour It is changing its rating guidelines for next season by allowing more golfers to retain their eligibility status even if they had a low season in 2019-20.
Golfers who do not finish in the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings will normally lose their PGA places for next season.
But due to the shortening of the 2019-20 season due to the Covid-19 outbreak, organizers now allow exempt players to retain their game status for 2020-21, regardless of where they end up.
The Tour has revised its schedule and play will resume on June 11 with an invitation event in Fort Worth, Texas.
This eligibility update, contingent upon the planned restart of the season in Charles Schwab Challenge the week of June 8, was considered the best and most equitable solution for membership, a Tour spokesperson said in a press release on Thursday.
The Tour also decided to not have the top players from the development Korn Ferry Tour earn promotions to the PGA. Their positions will be filled by players who fell from the top 125.
In addition, the eligibility for the Tournament of Champions, normally limited to the winners of the previous year's event, will be modified for next year.
In addition to all 2020 winners, non-winners who finish in the top 30 on the FedEx Cup playoff point list and who qualified for the Tour 2020 Championship will be able to compete in the Tournament of Champions.