Compared to last season, when the PGA Tour embarked on a new split-calendar schedule and a drastically reworked qualifying process, the 2013-14 campaign will largely follow the status quo, but according to the new player handbook there are a few significant changes.
One of the more intriguing adjustments is how the circuit identifies its rookie of the year.
Traditionally, a rookie season has been defined as the year when a player participates in 10 or more events as a member, or finishes in the top 125 as a member on the money list.
New to 2013-14, however, is a stipulation that would remove a player from rookie of the year consideration if he played in more than seven events on Tour as a pro in any prior season.
Jordan Spieth, the 2013 rookie of the year, would not have been impacted by the rule change, but players like Trevor Immelman, who won the award in 2006, would no longer be eligible. The South African played 14 times on Tour in ’05 and 12 times in ’04 and ’03.
The circuit will also continue its transition to the FedEx Cup point list as the standard test of success in 2013-14. This year’s U.S. Presidents Cup team was determined via the money list, with earnings from 2012 worth 1 point for each $1 earned and 2 points per $1 in 2013.
Beginning this season, players will earn one point for each FedEx Cup point earned and 2 points per FedEx Cup point in 2015. Although there are some variations, the FedEx Cup generally follows the money list and officials don’t expect a noticeable impact on who earns a spot on the 2015 team.
The International Presidents Cup team will continue to be determined via the World Golf Ranking.