The U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) tour has decided to reduce the number of people passing the cut starting next month. As a result, more players are expected to return empty-handed without prize money.
The LPGA Tour announced on the 16th (Korean time), “We will change the criteria for passing the cut from the previous 70th place in the second round to a tie for 65th place.” This rule applies from the Drive On Championship, which starts on the 24th of next month. Exceptions are tournaments where there is no elimination or limited players, and the US Women’s Open hosted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
This action is to speed up the progress of the game. The LPGA has recently been criticized for its slow pace of play. Since 2019, the American Men’s Professional Golf (PGA) Tour has changed the rules so that only players within a tie for 65th in the second round can participate in the third round. 토토사이트
Tony Tammy Tangtifaibunthana, senior vice president of event operations on the LPGA Tour, said, “Starting from the third round, the number of players will be manageable, which will help speed up the game.” Also, in the 3rd and 4th rounds, it has become easier to operate the ‘one-way’ tournament where all players start from the 1st hole.
Industry analysts say that this decision is the result of a strong reflection of the opinions of LPGA Tour player director Stacy Lewis (USA). At the official press conference for the 2020 Scottish Women’s Open, Lewis said, “It doesn’t make sense that a golf game takes all day. The board needs to do something to get the players to play faster.” The tour also explained that the player directors were involved in the decision.