PGA Tour Makes Major Revisions
Commissioner Tim Finchem announced on
Tuesday that the Policy Board has approved
significant changes to the structure of the
qualifying system for the PGA Tour, establish-
ing the Nationwide Tour as the primary pathway
to the PGA Tour. Additionally, the Policy Board
approved changing the start of the season,
beginning in October 2013.
With these changes, all 50 PGA Tour mem-
bership cards will now be awarded through the
Nationwide Tour; the three final tournaments
on the Nationwide Tour will combine PGA Tour
and Nationwide Tour players to determine who
earns those 50 cards; and the annual Qualifying
Tournament will become a pathway exclusively
to the Nationwide Tour.
The start of the PGA Tour 2013-14 season
will begin in October 2013 and conclude in late
September 2014 with the Tour Championship
by Coca-Cola, the fourth and final FedEx Cup
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Jarrod Lyle successfully beat leukemia after
a nine-month battle as a 17-year-old, but now
he faces the cancer for a second time as a hus-
band and a new father. “I’m ready to fight, and
I’ve got a lot to fight for these days,” Lyle said in
an interview with SEN Radio in Australia.
The adidas Group and Adams Golf, Inc. an-
nounced Monday that the TaylorMade-adidas
Golf business segment has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire all outstand-
ing Adams shares for $10.80 each in cash. The
transaction value is approximately $70 million
(€53 million), which represents a premium of
approximately 71 percent to the share price
prior to Adams’ announcement that it was ex-
amining strategic alternatives on Jan. 4, 2012.
Ryo Ishikawa has accepted Special Tempo-
rary Membership from the PGA Tour, which A
Phil Mickelson and Rick Smith at the 2005 PGA Championship
Rick Smith, a long-time swing instruc-
tor and former teacher to Phil Mickelson
and other notable players, including Rocco
Mediate and Lee Janzen, spoke out on
Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invita-
tional about Hank Haney’s forthcoming
book, The Big Miss, about the teacher’s six
years as Tiger Woods’ swing coach. “I would
rather be broke and not have a penny to my
name before I violate the code of player-
teacher confidentiality,” Smith said.
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