PGA, the notable increase in the prize money

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PGA, the notable increase in the prize money

The PGA announced this Wednesday a notable increase in the prize money of eight Tour tournaments, several of them almost doubled compared to this year, according to Commissioner Jay Monahan at a press conference in Cromwell (Connecticut, USA).

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In the midst of the storm for the launch of LIV Golf, the new millionaire league supported by the Saudi Government that has been made in recent weeks with stars such as the Spanish Sergio García or the American Dustin Johnson, the PGA announced changes in the prizes of tournaments like 'The Players Championship'

In particular, the prizes will go from 20 million dollars distributed in 2022 to 25 million at stake in the 2023 edition of 'The Players' It also highlights the increase in prizes for the 'Genesis Invitational', 'Arnold Palmer Invitational', 'WGC' and the 'Memorial Tournament', which will go from 12 to 20 million dollars.

In addition, the 'BMW Championship' will go from 15 to 20 million in prizes and the 'Sentry Tournament of Champions' will reach 15 million, after the 8.2 distributed this year. This prize increase comes at a time of tension in international golf, after several PGA Tour stars decided to move to LIV Golf.

With significant economic incentives and prizes for its players, the LIV aspires to organize a circuit that rivals the quality and prestige of the US-based Tour. The PGA Tour took a step forward in mid-May by denying permission for players on its circuit to compete in the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which was the first round of this competition and was held in London from May 9 to 11.

of June. This caused players such as Spaniard Sergio García, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen, among others, to leave the PGA Tour on their way to LIV Golf. Instead, players like Spain's Jon Rahm have reaffirmed their commitment to the PGA Tour and openly criticized Saudi LIV Golf. The last player to go to LIV was the Mexican Abraham Ancer, number 20 in the world ranking.