PGA TOUR Again Alters Cut Policy


PGA Tour (75x100)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR announced on Tuesday that the unpopular new rule that eliminated several players from participating on the weekend, even after technically making the cut, has been amended.
The rule, which began this year, said the field would be cut to the lowest 70 and ties after 36 holes, but if that number exceeded 78 golfers, the field would be trimmed to the scores nearest 70th place.
On Tuesday, the tour announced that the cut will remain the lowest 70 and ties, but now if the number is greater than 78 players, there will be a second cut after 54 holes. That cut will reduce the field to the low scores nearest 70 and ties.
All players who miss this second cut will still receive their share of prize money according to their positions. This new rule is effective this week at the Honda Classic.
There were some small changes made to the FedExCup Playoffs. This year, the gap will be narrowed for points totals at the reset before the Playoffs. Last year, the gap between Nos. 1 and 2 was 1,000 points, but this year it will be 500 points.
Also, the number of FedExCup points will be increased by 2,000 for Playoff events. For example, last year, a third-place finish was worth 3,400 points, but this year it will be 5,400.
These moves made to the FedExCup Playoff points table were done to give more people a chance to win the FedExCup during the Playoffs.