TOUR to Reduce Field Size Leading to TOUR Champ

By Associated PressNovember 15, 2006, 5:00 pm
The PGA TOUR changed the final month of its FedExCup competition that starts next year, reducing the field in two tournaments before the final 30 players are left to chase the $10 million prize at the TOUR Championship.
The original plan was for 144-man fields at the Barclays Classic in New York, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston and the BMW Championship in Chicago. Those players qualified through a yearlong points system.
Under the revision announced Tuesday, only the opening 'playoff' event at the Barclays Classic will have 144 players. The top 120 will advance to the Deutsche Bank the following week, and the field at the BMW Championship will be reduced to the top 70.
There would not be a cut at the BMW Championship.
PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem said a weekly reduction in field gives it a playoff atmosphere, eliminating those not playing well.
'I'm delighted with this direction, and believe it represents an important improvement in our playoff structure,' he said.
Finchem said two weeks ago that he would not recommend any changes to the playoff structure in the first year, but said he changed his mind upon hearing from several sponsors and tournaments.
Among the most outspoken was Tom Pernice Jr., a former policy board member.
'I'm adamant that it's going to be one of the worst decisions we've ever made on the PGA TOUR if we don't cut the field chronologically as we go, from like 144 to 114 to 84 or whatever the numbers,' Pernice told The Golf Channel during the TOUR Championship. 'You don't have playoffs with the same amount of people three weeks in a row.'
Jon Kaczkowski, the tournament director in Chicago, said the change would made the playoffs more compelling.
'We never made a huge push for it, but it was our desire to have a reduced field in all the playoffs,' he said. 'From our standpoint, it makes it compelling when you've got 70 guys and you're cutting to 30. What I would be concerned about is having the 125th guy winning the tournament when he can't win the FedExCup.'
Kaczkowski also felt the change would help tournaments at the start of the season as players accrue points.
Points are earned from the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship until the week after the PGA Championship, with the top 144 qualifying for the Barclays Classic. The points will be reset at the start of the playoffs so the highest finishers have only a slight advantage.
Those who don't reach the second round in Boston will be ineligible the rest of the playoffs, and won't be able to play again until the tour's 'Fall Series' begins a week after the FedExCup concludes at the TOUR Championship.
'We are now well-positioned to offer PGA TOUR players ... a more compelling finish to our season,' Finchem said.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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