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The PGA Tour officially announced Wednesday the Travelers Championship will be one of the four PGA Tour tournaments to become an elevated event during the 20322-23 season.

The Travelers Championship will join the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he RBC Heritage and the Wells Fargo Championship. Golfweek was the first to report the news on Tuesday.

The concept is for the best golfers on the PGA Tour to play in the same events at least 20 times per season. The announcement of the additional four tournaments Wednesday increases the total to 17 elevated events. The top 20 players in the 2022 Player Impact Program (PIP) are guaranteed to be playing at these events, including the 2023 Travelers Championship, which will be held June 22-25 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

The list of 17 also includes the major championships (Masters, U.S. Open, PGA and the Open), the Players Championship, the three FedExCup playoff events and five other events: Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC Match Play and the Memorial Tournament.

The golfers will also choose to play in three other events on the FedExCup schedule.

The Travelers Championship, Phoenix Open, Wells Fargo and Heritage will not be elevated events in 2024, as other FedExCup events will get the opportunity to pony up the purse.

That purse total is $20 million. The Travelers Championship had to reach that total after being at $8.3 million for the 2022 tournament, won by Xander Schauffele.

The PIP not only increased the players impacted (to 20 from 10), the PGA Tour doubled the bonus pool money ($100 million from $50 million) and revised some of the criteria. That includes how the golfers interact on their respective social media platforms and how often the golfer’s name comes up in golf fan awareness.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced the elevated event plan and the PIP expansion at the Tour Championship in late August. That announcement came after a meeting of the top PGA Tour golfers — including Tiger Woods — at the BMW Championship, the second leg of the FedExCup playoffs.

“Our top players are firmly behind the tour, helping us deliver an unmatched product to our fans, who will be all but guaranteed to see the best players competing against each other in 20 events or more throughout the season,” Monahan said at the tour championship.

These moves were made to unify the tour against LIV Golf, which has attracted a number of the former household names on th PGA Tour, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Cameron Smith among many others.

All who have joined LIV have been suspended from playing the tour.

joseph.morelli@hearstmediact.com; @nhrJoeMorelli

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