From next season, there will be more players with the weekend off thanks to a decision by the PGA Tour.
The Tour’s player advisory council and policy board voted to have the 36-hole cut size reduced from the top 70 players and ties to the top 65 players and ties. The rule eliminates the secondary 54-hole cut.
Veteran Paul Casey, a member of the player advisory council, is happy with the change.
“It’s a capitalist sport,” the 13-time European Tour winner told Golf Digest.
“You play well, you do well. I’ve been on both sides of it, and I still firmly believe you make your own success, so I’m a fan of it. As long as we’re not taking away opportunities to get into events, and I don’t think this is taking away earnings or opportunities for players.
“This is the right thing to do. We have to protect the product. We have too many three-balls and two-tee starts on the weekend.”
Scotland’s Connor Syme and Englishman Matthew Jordan were also part of the successful quintet.
The English Open has been revived as part of the new schedule.
Close House Golf Club, near Newcastle, will host the British Masters on July 22.
The event was last staged in 2002.
The tournament at Close House, scheduled to start on July 30, is set to be the first European Tour event since the coronavirus crisis halted action.
The world number one believes it would be the ‘right call’ to push the event back to 2021.
The exhibition match, against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, raised 20 million dollars.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.