Tour responds to LIV with $429m 2022/23 schedule
In what is a clear shot over the bow of LIV Golf, the PGA Tour has released its schedule for the 2022-23 season and the last wrap-around format before reverting in 2024 to a straight January to December schedule.
The new schedule will offer a record US$428.6 million in prize money in official events plus another US$145 million in bonuses with almost half of that figure allocated to the FedEx Cup alone.
Patrick Cantlay won the 2021 FedExCup and Tour Championship titles (Credit: PGA Tour)
The 2022-23 slate features 44 tournaments, in eight different countries, and with the season opener once again in Napa, California and boasting the FedExCup Playoffs finale again in Atlanta, the four majors and a Presidents Cup in just a few weeks.
The Fortinet Championship kicks things off Sept. 15-18 with the Presidents Cup the very next week at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. The Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego will have a Saturday finish again, and the Rocket Mortgage Classic will return to the weekend right before July 4th.
The 2023 majors are the Masters (April 6-9), the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York (May 18-21), the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club (June 15-18) and the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England (July 20-23).
For a second year running the Genesis Scottish Open (July 13-16) will be co-sanctioned along with the Barbasol Championship the same week in Kenturcky and also the following week’s Barracuda Championship, again in California
Of strong interest is that Golfweek reported that the 50 players who qualify for the BMW Championship will also earn berths in a lucrative new three-event series to be held overseas in the fall of 2023 with those events to feature on the 2023 schedule expected to be staged in Asia, Europe and the Middle East in consecutive weeks with purses of at least $20 million each.
The PGA Tour will revert to a calendar year format for the 2024 season. In addition, only the 70 players who earn a berth in the playoffs in 2023 will secure their playing privileges for 2024.
“We’ve heard from our fans and the overwhelming sentiment was that they wanted more consequences for both the FedEx Cup regular season and the playoffs, and to further strengthen events that traditionally feature top players competing head-to-head,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
“We feel strongly we’ve accomplished all of these objectives and more, creating a cadence of compelling drama for every tournament throughout the season.”
SEP 15-18: Fortinet Championship SEP 22-25: Presidents Cup SEP 29-02: Sanderson Farms Championship
OCT 06-09: Shriners Children’s Open OCT 13-16: ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP OCT 20-23: THE CJ CUP in South Carolina OCT 27-30: Butterfield Bermuda Championship
NOV 03-06: World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba NOV 10-13: Cadence Bank Houston Open NOV 17-20: The RSM Classic
DEC 01-04: Hero World Challenge DEC 09-11: QBE Shootout
JAN 05-08: Sentry Tournament of Champions JAN 12-15: Sony Open in Hawaii JAN 19-22: The American Express JAN 25-28: Farmers Insurance Open
FEB 02-05: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am FEB 09-12: WM Phoenix Open FEB 16-19: The Genesis Invitational FEB 23-26: The Honda Classic
MAR 02-05: Arnold Palmer Invitational MAR 02-05: Puerto Rico Open MAR 9-12: THE PLAYERS Championship MAR 16-19: Valspar Championship MAR 22-26: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play MAR 23-26: Corales Puntacana Championship MAR 30-APR 2: Valero Texas Open
APR 06-09: Masters Tournament APR 13-16: RBC Heritage APR 20-23: Zurich Classic of New Orleans APR 27-30: Mexico Open at Vidanta
MAY 04-07: Wells Fargo Championship MAY 11-14: AT&T Byron Nelson MAY 18-21: PGA Championship MAY 25-28: Charles Schwab Challenge
JUN 01-04: Memorial Tournament JUN 08-11: RBC Canadian Open JUN 15-18: U.S. Open JUN 22-25: Travelers Championship JUN 29-02: Rocket Mortgage Classic
JUL 06-09: John Deere Classic JUL 13-16: Barbasol Championship JUL 13-16: Genesis Scottish Open JUL 20-23: Barracuda Championship JUL 20-23: The Open Championship JUL 27-30: 3M Open
AUG 03-06: Wyndham Championship AUG 10-13: FedEx St. Jude Championship AUG 17-20: BMW Championship AUG 24-27: TOUR Championship