Spieth works out deal with PGA Tour to sidestep fine
Golf fans will be the biggest winners after Jordan Spieth managed to sidestep a $20,000 fine for failing to play the required 25 events on the US PGA Tour this year.
Spieth sat down with Tour officials and managed to work out a truce by agreeing to actually add events to his 2019 schedule.
Jordan Spieth (Credit: PGA Tour)
Of course it was a close call and had Spieth qualified for last weekend’s Tour Championship, after adding this week’s Ryder Cup, he would have been home free.
Yet Spieth missed out on qualifying for the Tour Championship by just one place, finishing 31st with the top 30 making it through to Atlanta.
While the ever-popular Spieth did suggest he’d be happy to cop the fine for not playing the mandatory number of events, he was more than happy to work out a compromise with the Tour.
The PGA Tour’s Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder confirmed Spieth and the Tour had worked out a satisfactory solution.
“We have come to a resolution,” said Pazder.
“You will see it next season and I think it will be good for the Tour, for the fans and for golf in general.”
Spieth is not the only PGA Tour player for fall short of the minimum requirement of 25 events as Pazder revealed England’s Ian Poulter will have just contested 21 events, inclusive of this week’s Ryder Cup.
Pazder explained that after the Englishman won the Houston Open in April he justifiably shifted his focus to qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team and played five events in Europe and that was enough to prevent him from reaching his 25-event minimum or adding a new event.
“We’ve come to a resolution on how he is going to address that,” Pazder said.
Spieth and Poulter are the first players to violate the policy.
Under the circuit’s strength-of-field requirement, which began last season, a player must add an event to their schedule that they haven’t played the last four years if they didn’t play at least 25 events in the previous or current seasons.