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Knowing when you can’t play golf with the young guys anymore

By on February 6, 2020

Every golfer has a moment when they understand it is time to leave the PGA Tour. Usually, when players turn 50 years old, they know that it is likely time to leave the PGA Tour and join the Champions Tour for players who are 50 or older. The Champions Tour is an easier version of the PGA Tour for older players, and it has fewer tournaments, but it does have lower pay. The quality of play on the Champions Tour is still good, and many of the older players are legends. It is scaled back, but still competitive and a good source of income for older players who do not enjoy the challenge of the regular tour with younger players.

Key Takeaways:

  • When golfers get older and past their prime, they face a dilemma on whether or not to retire or to join the Champions tour.
  • The Champions tour events are usually on the same courses that the PGA events are held, but the courses are modified to be shorter.
  • When bigger names play on the Champions tour, it makes the events much bigger and much better.

“There are 27 events on the Champions Tour schedule, which is contained to the calendar year, a far cry from the 54 tournaments on the PGA Tour’s schedule, which starts in October and finishes in August. The purses aren’t as big. The largest payout to a winner this past season was $720,000. Only six PGA Tour events pay out less than $1 million to its winners.”

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