Billy Horschel admits he isn’t the biggest fan of ‘no-cut’ events: … ‘There’s something about having a cut and have it mean something out here.’
The PGA Tour’s plans to implement limited-field elevated events with the absence of a traditional cut at the halfway point has been a hot topic of debate amongst both professional golfers and fans ever since the proposed change was announced back in March.
On Thursday reports about what next year’s PGA schedule will look like moving forward were released. The 2024 schedule will revolve around twelve designated events with increased purses, limited fields, and crucially no cuts. In addition, the events which have become known as ‘designated’ or ‘elevated’ tournaments over the last handful of months, will now reportedly go by the title of ‘signature’ events.
Of the 12 signature tournaments in 2024, just four will reportedly maintain a cut, albeit with three of those in a limited field capacity containing no more than 80 players.
With a good portion of the biggest events with the biggest prizes on the schedule changing drastically in 2024 and beyond, the PGA was always going to have its work cut out trying to convince all players and fans that this was the best way forward.
Billy Horschel, who has never been shy to voice his opinion on matters, was amongst the first to weigh in on Thursday’s developments. Turns out, he isn’t the biggest fan.
Billy Horschel weighs in on next season’s no-cut events.
"“..There’s something about having a cut and have it mean something out here. You can tell from watching somebody what type of stones they have when they’re trying to make a cut, whether they care a lot or whether they throw in the towel. You can get a good judgment off of a player if whether he has a chance on Sunday if he can get it over the line based off if he tries to grind out a tight cut. It shows the greatness of a player.”"
Billy Horschel, who is playing this week in the regular season finale at the Wyndham Championship, isn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last to share that sentiment about the changes that will continue to shift the landscape of the sport.
On the course, it’s been a difficult year for Billy who has missed multiple cuts and whose best finish came at the last-ever WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March where he finished T9th.
The 2014 FedEx Cup Champion is looking to make a late push to secure his spot in this year’s playoffs.
Horschel, who came into the week at 116th in the FedEx Cup Standings, will likely need to win this week’s Wyndham Championship in order to book his ticket to next week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship with just the top 70 in the standings moving on to the playoffs this year.