Feb 26, 2008

PGA Changes Cut Policy Again, Effective Immediately

I guess the powers that be for the PGA Tour have listened and changes have been made to the cut policy effective immediately so for this week's Honda Classic:

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- At its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the PGA TOUR Policy Board approved two modest changes to the point system used in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.

Prior to the Board meeting, the regulation in place since the beginning of the 2008 season called for the starting field to be reduced after 36 holes to the low 70 professionals, including ties, unless that resulted in weekend field of more than 78 professionals, in which case the field would be reduced to those with scores nearest 70th place.

Under the amended regulation, the starting field will still be reduced to the lowest 70 professionals and ties after 36 holes. However, should the 36-hole cut total more than 78 professionals, there will be a second cut to the lowest 70 professionals plus ties at the conclusion of 54 holes of tournament play. Players not advancing to the final round of play will receive their appropriate share of the official prize money in accordance with their respective positions.

The change is effective immediately, beginning with this week's The Honda Classic. PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said the TOUR would also begin to monitor the impact a cut to the low 65 and ties -- "which is another thing the players seem interested in," he said -- would have, and the dialog would continue.

The Policy Board also approved a number of other changes, as follows:

• A reduction in the field size at the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart from 132 to 128. Given that the event will be played November 6-9, 2008, a week later than in 2007, concerns about available daylight led to this slight reduction.

• An increase in the field size at the the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley from 105 players to 120, in keeping with the Board's intent to stage all invitational events with a field size of no less than 120 players. The change is effective with the 2008 event.

• Following two additional years (2008 and 2009) at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course, The Fry's Electronics Open will move in 2010 to the Fry's Electronics-owned course called The Institute, located near San Jose, Calif. Upon its move to The Institute, the event will be renamed The Institute Championship and will become an invitational event with a 120 player field.

• The LG Skins Game eligibility has been slightly modified to address a situation where the defending champion or leading money winner is unable to participate. Under the new regulation, a floor of 5th place on the prior year money list has been implemented, and if a player among the top 5 places on the money list is not available to complete the field, the field will then be completed with an additional player of the host organization's choosing.

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