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PGA Tour spoils gamers with slew of luxuries, perks for 2024


courtesy cars in pga tour parking lot

Courtesy automobiles are coming to each PGA Tour cease.

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Chalk one up for the toilet foyer.

Three months after Jon Rahm publicly lamented the dearth of restrooms at PGA Tour venues, the Tour introduced it’s making strikes to rectify the scarcity. In a Nov. 10 memo to gamers — as reported and shared by Josh Carpenter of Sports activities Enterprise Journal — the Tour stated that starting subsequent season it can require tournaments to supply “a minimal of 4 aid stations per 9 holes,” for a complete of eight throughout 18 holes. The mandate doesn’t fairly fulfill Rahm’s request for “a freaking Porta-Potty on each gap,” however nonetheless, it’s nothing to pooh-pooh.

The brand new perks for 2024 don’t finish there. Within the observe to gamers, Eric Baldwin, the Tour’s vice chairman of event enterprise and fan engagement, detailed a slew of “key participant, participant partner/household and caddie enhancements we’re requiring all PGA Tour occasions to implement for the upcoming season” with the mission of “delivering a world-class expertise commensurate with a PGA Tour occasion.” Among the many enhancements:

More healthy eating choices that may assist gamers “maximize their efficiency and restoration.” (Presumably Phil Mickelson’s wellness espresso won’t be among the many new choices.)

—”Extra detailed” caddie eating program. This could go a good distance with loopers, who traditionally have felt underappreciated by the Tour. Underfed, too.

Chilly plunge tubs at each Tour cease. For the uninitiated, chilly plunges are primarily ice baths that assist athletes get better extra rapidly by reversing lactic acid buildup. Famous plungers on Tour embrace Rahm and Brian Harman. On the Ryder Cup earlier this yr, Rory McIIroy took a chilly plunge to assist him cool off after a heated confrontation with U.S. caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay.

Complimentary courtesy automobile program throughout event week or different authorized program that gives transportation.

—Gamers’ households will even profit in 2024, with non-public restrooms obtainable to them on the course, together with water and dry snacks.

However wait, there’s extra! For gamers who qualify for the signature and FedEx Cup Playoffs occasions, one other suite of advantages await, together with:   

—“On-site and handy parking choices” for gamers and their assist groups

Entry to participant eating for gamers’ assist groups (excluding caddies)

—Complimentary dry cleansing or laundry providers for gamers and caddies

—Complimentary image yardage guide with the choice for a complimentary normal guide, if most well-liked, for each gamers and caddies

If it seems like an excellent time to be a PGA Tour participant, that’s as a result of it’s, and never simply due to the free laundry. With the specter of LIV Golf looming massive over Ponte Vedra, Tour gamers are starting to benefit from the rewards that Phil Mickelson will inform you the gamers have lengthy been due.      

First got here the Participant Affect Program, which doles out $100 million to the 20 golfers who drive probably the most engagement every season. Then got here bigger purses — a lot bigger purses. The mixed payouts for the 13 signature occasions in 2023 was $315 million; that’s practically a 50% bump from the ’22 purses for those self same occasions. And now comes information of the newest wave of enhancements, from bathrooms to transportation.

With regards to perks in professional golf, the arms race is absolutely on.

Alan Bastable

Golf.com Editor

As GOLF.com’s government editor, Bastable is answerable for the editorial route and voice of one of many recreation’s most revered and extremely trafficked information and repair websites. He wears many hats — enhancing, writing, ideating, creating, daydreaming of sooner or later breaking 80 — and feels privileged to work with such an insanely gifted and hardworking group of writers, editors and producers. Earlier than grabbing the reins at GOLF.com, he was the options editor at GOLF Journal. A graduate of the College of Richmond and the Columbia College of Journalism, he lives in New Jersey together with his spouse and foursome of youngsters.

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