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PGA Tour may reduce weekend field sizes

The PGA Tour is taking a look at changing the size of its weekend fields to increase the intensity of the competition during its tournaments.

The proposed change, reported by the Associated Press, would bring the PGA Tour in line with the 65-man field (plus ties) that the European and Web.com tours currently feature after the 36-hole cut. The current PGA Tour cut line is top 70 plus ties.

“There’s some traction for it,” said three-time major championship winner Jordan Spieth to the AP. “The argument is the MDFs  don’t look good and twosomes on the weekend are better for everybody, including the viewership.”

The MDF was the tour’s first attempt to reduce fields for the final round. It stands for “Made the cut, did not finish,” and came into effect at the end of 2007. Whenever more than 78 players made the cut after two rounds (36 holes) a further cut came into play (after 54 holes) to narrow the field to top 70 and ties for the final round.

The proposed rule change would come into effect for the 2020 PGA Tour season.

In other PGA Tour news, former NFL star Tony Romo will receive a sponsors exemption to the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. The former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback said in a statement: “Golf is one of my greatest passions outside my family and football, and I am honored to have the opportunity to compete amongst the pros again in this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson.”

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