The PGA Tour has put forth a new structure in the next season (2019-20). The structure eliminates a secondary 54-hole cut, which was used if there were over 78 golfers who advanced after the first 36 holes of an event. It’s also the same field size used on the Korn Ferry Tour, the U.S.-based developmental tour, and European Tour.
The top-70 golfers (including ties) who will play into the weekend after the usual Friday cut as the 2018-19 comes to an end will get reduced to the top 65(including ties) as per the new structure in 2019-20.
The new structure is consistent with the cut size on the Korn Ferry Tour. It ensures a more manageable field on the weekend from a pace-of-play perspective and allows more opportunities to play in twosomes over the final two rounds.
The adjustment will also raise tournament payouts with prize money awarded to fewer finishers to make the competition tougher.
Despite some players having different opinions about these changes, the three-time tour winner Paul Casey has been a strong supporter of the reduction.
In an interview, Casey said that it was a capitalist sport. Besides, it was not taking away earnings or opportunities for players; hence, it was the right thing to do. Casey serves on the tour’s player advisory council. He has six top-10 finishes this year.