Bigger didn’t necessarily mean better for the PGA Tour in 2013.
Because of the circuit’s transition to a split-calendar schedule – which resulted in the net loss of five tournaments (Frys.com Open, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, McGladrey Classic, OHL Classic at Mayakoba and the now-defunct stop at Walt Disney World) – the Tour had eight events expand their field size to mitigate the reduced playing opportunities in 2013.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and AT&T National bumped up their field sizes from 120 to 132, while the Heritage went up to 144 players from 132. The Humana Challenge, Tampa Bay Championship, Shell Houston Open and Valero Texas Open also bumped up their field sizes (from 144 to 156).
But according to one tournament director who requested anonymity, the Tour will allow those fields to go back to their normal size for the 2013-14 season, which will begin in October.
There had been some concern that if players and officials felt that the increased field sizes could be sustained the Tour would have pushed to make the change permanent, but the logistics and daylight concerns seemed to have nixed that idea.
“We just didn’t have room for 12 extra players,” the tournament director said. “It’s everything from locker room size to parking and caddies. We really just couldn’t do it.”