The PGA Tour's first major is still weeks away, but the circuit has already adjusted the requirement to participate in the Player Impact Program.
According to a memo sent to players last week, players will be able to miss one formal event for "personal or professional reasons" and still be able to collect PIP bonuses.
Some players, notably Jon Rahm, have deferred to the additional requirements, which would theoretically include 13 increased events, four majors,
and three additional FedExCup events."I wouldn't be surprised if it changes," Rahm said when first asked about the minimums that will make it difficult for players like Rahm to maintain membership on the PGA Tour.
The Tour also announced that players could use an event from this fall's schedule to count toward their three additional events. Next year,
the fall portion of the program is set to turn into a sort of seeding series for players to earn Tour status.
The WM Phoenix Open, RBC Heritage, Wells Fargo Championship, and Travelers Championship were recently added to the schedule as senior events,
Other elevated events for next year are The Players, three FedExCup playoff events, the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, and the WGC-Dell Match Play.