PGA Tour’s New Schedule Putting Pressure On Big Names

The PGA Tour set a new landscape that provides the richest tournaments (eight of them with no cuts) for the top 50 in the FedEx Cup. That starts with being among the top 70 who reach the postseason. And while nine elevated events remain, it might not be long before some players start to feel the pressure.

U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, who played only once in the fall because of his European tour schedule, has missed three cuts in his last five starts and is No. 92.

Cameron Young is at No. 79 while Will Zalatoris, who is returning from a back injury that knocked him out of the BMW Championship last year, is at No. 85. Zalatoris only has one top 10 since his return this year.

Jordan Spieth has top 10s in Phoenix and Bay Hill, tied for 19th in The Players Championship and needed that just to move to No. 65. He is one spot ahead of Justin Thomas, who played once in the fall (he got married) and has finished inside the top 20 only once this year.

All of them have four majors and plenty of tournaments ahead of them. But there is only a little more than four months left in the season.