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It really does pay to be good at golf.

Or rather, good enough to earn a PGA Tour card.

Mere months on from confirmation of the Player Impact Program – a $40m initiative designed to reward players who add value to the tour based on a number of different metrics – it is being claimed that players now stand to earn yet more money just by showing up to play.

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The Golf Channel is reporting that the world’s most lucrative golf tour recently advised its players of a new program called “Play 15 Bonus”, which will see any player who plays in at least 15 events in a season receiving a $50,000 reward.

According to a memo sent to members, the new program will be “subject to review” but is expected to continue each season.

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Korn Ferry, Champions Tour and exhibition events will not count towards a player’s total but it is understood that the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Olympics will.

It is also understood that the prize fund for the PLAYERS Championship will increase by $5million to $20million, making it the richest 72-hole strokeplay event in the game, whilst the Tournament of Champions is also expected to be worth $8m from January, the winner of the limited field event taking home $1.44m.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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