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PGA Tour extends player eligibility for next season

After coronavirus shortens 2020 schedule, PGA Tour opts to allow members to extend eligibility for another year and limits Korn Ferry access to top 10 players, according to document obtained by Morning Read

Sent: By the PGA Tour to its members on Thursday, a document outlining the updated eligibility criteria for the 2020-21 season because of the condensed calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, the Tour will extend eligibility for exempt 2019-20 Tour members for next season, unless a player’s end-of-year priority ranking would be higher in the updated eligibility categories, according to the document, a copy of which was obtained by Morning Read. Also, the Korn Ferry Tour will not graduate 25 players to the PGA Tour this year, as is the custom with the top finishers on the developmental tour. The top 10 players through the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will be granted PGA Tour access for next season. The widening coronavirus pandemic prompted PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to cancel the Players Championship on March 12 after the first round, and the season since has been on hold. The Tour is scheduled to resume play June 11 in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Most other professional tours have pushed their restarts into July or later. If the revised schedule holds up, the PGA Tour will play 36 tournaments in the 2019-20 season, 13 fewer than what originally had been set.

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