On Wednesday morning, Golfweek was first to report the PGA Tour had approved radical changes to its schedule for 2024, including reduced fields for designated events without a 36-hole cut.
LIV Golf couldn’t help but comment, tweeting in response to the news: “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Congratulations PGA Tour. Welcome to the future.”
The upstart circuit led by Greg Norman and financially supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund features 48 player, 54-hole events without cuts and often boasts about its “innovative new golf format.” Wonder what the Premier Golf League’s Andy Gardiner has to say about that.
While the emergence of LIV Golf is a reason for the PGA Tour’s changes, stating the Tour is imitating LIV is a bit of a reach. World Golf Championship events didn’t have cuts, neither do current events on the schedule like the CJ Cup and Zozo Championship.
But why let the truth get in the way of a good tweet?
“The only reason no-cut events are a big deal is because LIV has come along,” said Rory McIlroy ahead of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. “So there is precedent for no-cut events. There’s been no-cut events since I’ve been a member of the Tour and way beyond that as well.
“So, yeah, is there maybe going to be a few more of them? Maybe. That’s still TBD by the way. That’s not been decided yet. But if we do go down that path there’s precedent there to argue for no-cut events.”