Earlier in the week, PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, announced a restructure the current PGA Tour rules, with players having to commit to playing in 20 tournaments (including majors).
However, it appears as if the needs of some of the European players on Tour have not been taken into account. Pros from across the Atlantic enjoy playing certain events on the DP World Tour, whether it be their national opens or the middle east events.
European players must also play at least four events on the DP World Tour if they wish to qualify for the Ryder Cup, which, with the 20 tournament rule in mind, would put serious strain on their schedules.
When queried about the situation at the ongoing Tour Championship at East Lake, Spaniard Jon Rahm did not appear too impressed with the changes, and suggested that there may be revisions to the new rules.
We have to play all of them? If we have to play all those twenty then yeh, a hundred percent. I wouldn't be surprised if that changes. Because that puts me in a difficult position having to play. If I go play in Europe in the fall like I'm going to, I have to play from January to August twenty times.
"I think this is my seventeenth from January and I don't think I could add any more. Especially with Ryder Cup and having to pay four in Europe, I think it's a bit of an ask, and I wouldn't be surprised if they revised a bit of the rule, or make an exception for some players. But if they do it for players like me and Rory they might have to do it for everybody."
PGA Tour 20 Tournament Rule
Rahm’s reaction to the minimum of 20 PGA Tour events is telling.
Reporter: “Do you know something we don’t”.
Rahm: “pfft, me, no, you’re asking the wrong guy, if you wanna know about that stuff you know who are the 2 players you have to ask”. pic.twitter.com/72luV1C8PB
— Flushing It (@flushingitgolf) August 27, 2022
Before announcing their new stadium golf league, in partnership with the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were the two most prominent figures behind last week's player's meeting, which lead to the new changes.
When asked if he new something other's didn't, Rahm took a cheeky, but light-hearted, swipe at the two men.
Pfft, me, no, you’re asking the wrong guy, if you wanna know about that stuff you know who are the 2 players you have to ask”