Jay Monahan says LIV Rebels are not welcome in lucrative new PGA schedule as Rory McIlroy urges players to make an ‘informed decision’

The PGA Tour’s top players have pledged to compete at least 20 times a year, while the Player Impact Program (PIP) bonus pool has been doubled to $100 million (£84.7 million).

The 20 events consist of the four Majors, the Players Championship, 12 ‘elevated’ tournaments on the PGA Tour – with an average prize pool of US$20m (£17m) – and three other events chosen by the players .

Players are also guaranteed a minimum earnings of $500,000 (£423,000), which can be claimed up front by beginners, while lower-ranked players will receive a $5,000 (£4,230) travel stipend for each missed cut.

“Our top players are firmly behind the Tour and help us deliver an unmatched product to our fans that is guaranteed to see the best players compete in 20 or more events throughout the season,” said Monahan.

“This is an extraordinary and unprecedented commitment, a testament to who these guys are and what they believe in.”

For the 2022-23 season, a “top player” will be those who finish in the top 20 according to the current PIP and players who finish in the top 20 under the revised Internet Search, Common Awareness, Golf Fan Awareness criteria and landing the media mentions and broadcast exposure.

When asked if LIV Golf players who were impressed by the changes and wanted to return would have their bans lifted, Monahan said: “No.

“They have joined the LIV Golf Series and are committed to it. For most of them, they have made multi-year commitments.

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USA’s Patrick Reed wears a LIV golf cap on day one of the Open at the Old Course in St Andrews. Picture date: Thursday July 14, 2022.

“As I’ve said clearly all along, every player has a choice and I respect their choice, but they made it. We made ours. We will continue to focus on the things we control and get stronger and stronger.”

The tour announcement came just a week after Tiger Woods flew to Delaware ahead of the BMW Championship to chair a players-only gathering that also included Rory McIlroy as a key figure.

“It was amazing to have Tiger in the room because of his influence, but all of these players in this room aligned with the vision that Tiger and I and others created,” McIlroy said.

“It’s not like we did it as a breakaway group. We privyed Jay to all of these discussions so he could try to take some steps internally to try and get things up and running fairly quickly.

“We all made a commitment to get together more often to make the product more compelling. I think if you’re trying to sell a product to TV and sponsors and get as many eyes as possible on professional golf, you need to at least let people know what they’re tuning into.

“When I watch a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, I expect Tom Brady to throw a football. When I tune into a Formula 1 race, I expect to see Lewis Hamilton in a car.”

Whether the changes succeed in deterring more players from joining LIV remains to be seen, with Open champion Cameron Smith among those heavily linked with joining the Saudi-backed breakaway group next week.

Speaking to Smith two days after finishing third behind the Australian at St Andrews, McIlroy added: “I don’t care if they go or not, it won’t make a difference to me, but at least I want people to have one.” make a decision fully informed and knowing this is the pipeline.

“I’ve always said boys can do whatever they want. Sometimes I don’t think some people made those decisions because they had all the facts in front of them.”

Six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson joined LIV Golf ahead of his first event in June after previously accusing the PGA Tour of “insufferable greed” and claiming they could end any threat from competing leagues by giving players media rights.

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