The European Tour is reportedly set to unveil significant changes for 2016, including the elimination of a Final Series event and a tweak to the membership requirements.
The Final Series – the four-event finale that culminates with next week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai – will be cut from four tournaments to three, with the WGC-HSBC Champions moving out of the rotation, according to a report Tuesday by the Telegraph.
Only the top 50 players in the world qualify for the World Golf Championships event in Shanghai, which the tour views as too restrictive for a Final Series event. Victor Dubuisson, for instance, won the Final Series opener in Turkey but wasn’t exempt into the second leg of the series.
This is the final year of the BMW Masters, but the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa will reportedly fill the void in the schedule.
The other notable change, according to the report: A reduction in the tour’s membership requirement, from 13 events (including WGCs and majors) to five (not including WGCs and majors). It doesn’t figure to make much of a difference for a top international player like Rory McIlroy, but it’s more lenient for those outside the top 50 in the world, such as Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald, who must remain members to be eligible for the Ryder Cup.