PGA Tour adds more prize money, eliminates TPC Boston from schedule

The PGA TOUR released its full 2021-22 schedule including a huge increase in tournament purses, with the winner of the FedExCup pocketing $18 million, but no events scheduled at TPC Boston.

BOSTON, Mass – The PGA Tour announced its schedule of 48 tournaments that will make up the 2021-22 season, and it included bad news for New England golf fans.

There will be no playoff events in Boston or New York area in 2022. Since 2007, The Northern Trust has served as the first leg of the FedExCup playoffs, rotating annually between TPC Boston and Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. The first event in the FedExCup will be held August 11-14, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee, hometown of FedEx, that will host the FedEx St. Jude Championship as one of the three playoff events replacing the Northern Trust on the playoff rotation.

Other than the Travelers Championship in Cromwell (CT) June 23-26, that leaves just one event – albeit a big one – on the schedule next year that will be in New England: the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., scheduled for June 16-19, 2022.

TPC Boston has always been a fun spot for golfers and golf enthusiasts since the Deutsche Bank Championship started in 2003, but the PGA Tour’s new schedule has eliminated TPC Boston from its agenda.

The PGA Tour released new details about “Strategic Alliance,” the agreement the PGA Tour announced last fall with the European Tour in which the two Tours were expected to collaborate. The collaboration will begin in 2022 with three tournaments that will be co-sanctioned and count on both the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai: the Barbasol Championship, the Barracuda Championship and the Genesis Scottish Open, all of which are set to take place next July.

Here’s when each of the majors will be played in 2022:

The Masters: April 4-10 at Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia

The PGA Championship: May 16-22 at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa Oklahoma

The US Open: June 13-19 at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts

The Open Championship: July 11-17 at St. Andrews Links (Old Course), St. Andrews, Scotland

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, a Massachusetts native and PGA Tour Commissioner since 2017, vowed the PGA Tour will return to Boston but gave no information of when.

“This is just the beginning of what our future product model will look like,” said Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner and Massachusetts native, who vowed the Tour will return to both Boston and greater New York City but gave no indications when.

“The PGA TOUR and the European Tour are both stronger than at any time in our history, as we are positioned to grow – together – over the next 10 years faster than we have at any point in our existence. We are committed to our ever-strengthening partnership with the European Tour, to take the global game to the heights we all know it is capable of.”

In 2003, the PGA TOUR teamed with Deutsche Bank and the Tiger Woods Foundation to create the only official Monday finish on the PGA TOUR. This event was held at TPC Boston over the Labor Day weekend and brought PGA TOUR golf back to New England in dramatic style.

Justin Thomas, in action during the 2017 Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, is one of the many marquee names to have won in Boston over the years. (Getty Images)

The Deutsche Bank Championship ran from 2003–2016, becoming the Dell Technologies Championship in 2017, then The Northern Trust in 2020 with no fans permitted.

The new season, which starts on September 16, is the start of the tour’s mighty media rights deal, estimated to be $7 billion over the nine-year contract for TV and digital.

Monahan said prize money would increase by $35 million for the season, and the FedEx Cup bonus pool would increase from $70 million to $85 million. Monahan said the FedEx Cup winner receives $18 million, up from $15 million. The FedEx Cup began with a $10 million bonus.


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