EDISON, N.J. – The PGA Tour informed players earlier this month that anyone who is eligible for the McGladrey Classic will not be allowed to play in the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, a non-sanctioned event played each year in November.
“Keeping with the Tour’s longstanding policy which prohibits conflicting event releases for events held in North America we will not be granting releases to players who are eligible for the McGladrey Classic,” a memo obtained by GolfChannel.com read.
The conflict arouse when this year’s schedule was pushed back a week because of the calendar and the McGladrey Classic was moved to the last spot in the fall lineup, Nov. 19-23.
The TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, which has been played since 1972 and features players from the Tour, Web.com Tour, LPGA and Champions Tour, annually draws some of the game’s biggest names, including Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Luke Donald in recent years.
According to McGladrey Classic host Davis Love III the event is “penciled in” for a similar date in 2016 but he did add that the week before Thanksgiving has impacted the event’s corporate sales.
The McGladrey moved to late November this season and went to a two-course rotation, with an increased field of 156 players, after being played in October four times out of the last five years.