PGA Tour Fall Schedule Is Big Opportunity

Davis Love III and Adam Svensson, 2022 RSM Classic,(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
Davis Love III and Adam Svensson, 2022 RSM Classic,(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) /

When the 2023 designated tournaments and bonus purse payouts were announced for the PGA Tour schedule, nothing was said about the fall tournaments. That portion of the calendar was a giant question mark. Now the PGA Tour has announced what the fall will become.  Mainly it is all about opportunity. Capital O.

The announcement also answers the questions about the fall events. Where would they fall? Off the map? Off the dance cards of PGA Tour players? What would happen to them?

One clue about one of them actually came from Davis Love last fall at his event, the RSM Classic played at the Sea Island Resort on St. Simons Island in Georgia.  He was probably sworn to secrecy on any more details, but he did say at his tournament that he had just played golf with Jay Monahan.

“Jay and I are very good friends, I’ve been on the board of the Tour five times,” Love said at the RSM. “We know our dates for ’23. We think we know them for ’24, so we’re  happy and RSM’s happy.”

"The Houston Open tournament, as has been rumored, will move to the spring of 2024."

That meant there was a plan, but the PGA Tour wasn’t willing to provide the details just yet.

Now we have the details, and it is a plan that allows those lower in the world ranking and lower on the FedEx Cup points list to move up and get into the designated tournaments and at least two majors with a victory. Here are the basics:

How many tournaments will there be?

There will be seven tournaments after the Tour Championship beginning with the Fortinet and ending with the RSM Classic.

  • Fortinet Championship — September 11-17
  • Two-week Break
  • Ryder Cup September 25 — October 1.
  • Sanderson Farms Championship — October 2-8
  • Shriners Children’s Open  — October 9-15
  • ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP — October 16-22
  • One-week Break
  • World Wide Technology Championship — October 30 – November 5, Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Butterfield Bermuda Championship — November 6-12
  • RSM Classic — November 13-19

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What do winners get?

Winners of the FedEx Cup Fall events will receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption and 500 FedEx Cup points. They will also be invited to the Sentry Tournament of Champions and The Players Championship.

It is expected that winners will be eligible for major championships that have invited PGA Tour winners in the past, such as the Masters and the PGA Championship.

PGA Tour players ranked 51 and above.

PGA Tour players ranked No. 51 and higher can keep their FedEx Cup points from the regular season and continue to add FedEx Cup points to their total to improve their position and eligibility for the next (2024) season.

The points earned in the FedEx Cup Fall series finalizes priority of players to start the 2024 season. It will define the top-125 category for entry into PGA Tour events.

Designated event opportunity.

Ten players, not previously eligible, with the most season-long FedEx Cup points through the FedEx Cup Fall will get invitations to the first two designated events after the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Extra opportunities.

FedEx Cup Fall will also provide a way for golfers to qualify for the PGA Tour, including the top 30 from the Korn Ferry Tour, the top 10 on the DP World Tour Race to Dubai list as well as the top five finishers and ties from the 2023 Q-School.

Q-School returns.

One tournament dropped, and one moving.

The WGC-HSBC which was played in China but has not been contested since 2019 is not on this year’s schedule. No word on when it might return.

The Houston Open tournament, as has been rumored, will move to the spring of 2024.

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So, in summary:

  • FedEx gets more naming rights.
  • Players ranked 70 and lower are in for the next season, and some of them who want to play in the fall have a chance to make more money and improve their standing.
  • Players who win in the fall will still get what they got before this change.
  • Players who rank 71-125 and farther down the list on FedEx Cup points will get another chance to improve their position in terms of who gets into tournaments in 2024.
  • They are playing for $56.6 million in prize money.