Tour to require players to add some events they haven't played


NASSAU, Bahamas – The PGA Tour Policy Board has approved a regulation that will require players to add new events to their schedules beginning with the 2016-17 season.

According to an e-mail sent to players on Tuesday, the circuit’s new “strength of field regulation” will mandate a Tour member add at least one tournament he had not participated in during the previous four seasons.

Under the new policy, which was approved at the policy board’s final meeting on Nov. 22, any player who participated in 25 or more official money events during the current or previous season is exempt from the requirement.

Players who don’t meet the new requirement will be subject to a “major penalty,” which under the Tour’s regulations would be a fine in excess of $20,000 or possible suspension.

Major championships and some limited-field tournaments – like World Golf Championship events, The Players and the FedEx Cup playoffs – will not be included under the new policy.