Want an honest experience with the changes on the PGA Tour? Ask Max Homma.

Max Homa hits the tee Thursday at East Lake Golf Club.

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If you’ve been a fan of men’s professional golf over the past week, you’ve no doubt been trying to get around all the upcoming changes to the established brand. It can be complicated, wonderful or all of the above. consideration:

There are now “big players”.

And these top players are identified by a program, adapted from last year, when it debuted.

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The top players get 12 “high events”. The top players will play 20 times.

And everyone is getting paid now. And everyone gets the travel money.

Oh, and they’ll be playing golf on Monday night. In the backyard

And all this aims to defeat the star.

realize it?

Fortunately there is Max Homma. Homma, you know, is the king of golf’s Twitter, albeit more than just a thumb on a cell phone. He’s ranked in the top 30 in the Tour Championship this week, and during Friday’s second round he topped everyone, posting a 9-under 62 to enter the weekend tied for 10th in the seeded format ahead of leader Scotty Scheffler. And mostly because of our rehearsal here, she is as honest as they come. While this won’t go into all the technicalities per se, we can at least be honest.

So let’s start from the top. What does this say about the changes made to Player Impact, the aforementioned device that will determine the top 20 PGA Tour? “Bonus” players who led the needle are by cash payment only; From next year, their reward will still be, although PIP is now, along with money, a gateway to big opportunities and their big money.

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Help us, Max.

“Yes, I think the tour is doing its best to be creative and provide another stream of income for the 20 players who are now generating income from the tour,” he said during his post-tournament press conference on Friday. “Some of it is stupid, I guess, but some of it isn’t.”

How is this possible?

“It makes sense that someone is here and there is a reason for it – I always use that example. I joined Tiger Woods two years ago, three years ago in Torrey Pines, and realized we got exactly the same amount and said zero dollars for this event and he gave me that I couldn’t even make a number. So you think, man, Tiger needs to get a little more than that.

“So I like what they’re doing with it. It’s complicated. It’s like – it’s mysterious, but the tour is just trying to make the tour better and benefit the guys that help express it all for all of us. So I think it’s good.”

There is sincerity there. Here more. A reporter asked this question: “Do you think you are a general acting actor? Do you think people are generally familiar with you?”

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“I will say this: I would have won this PIP if it had been about someone being booed in the weirdest way possible,” he said. “I could be a tiger, I guess.”

You can laugh here if you want. Follow Hume.

“I don’t know, it seems like people are becoming more aware. I myself am aware that I am becoming more famous, but I don’t know. It would be great for the money if it could be a top 20, but I’ve always wanted to develop golf whether I paid it or not. I like this game. I would like to see more children participate. I would like it to be more diverse.

“I think the game is in a good place, and I hope to be a part of continuing that. I’m just going to try to use my status on the PGA Tour as a kind of incentive for that.”

Then there is the agenda. The changes this week expanded on those made in June, all done with a focus on LIV Golf, the controversial Saudi-backed series that has already played three 54-hole events, 42 players, no cuts and a large wallet. . He vowed to play more next year, signing with some of the biggest names in golf for a few months.

Now the PGA Tour will have bigger purses. And while the idea of ​​smaller fields isn’t talked about much during this week’s changes, you’d think it’s at least on the table for the future; Next year’s playoff events will not be cut, and the announcement in June talked about holding three limited field events with no cut next fall.

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Help us, Max. One reporter asked him this: “Furthermore, what do you see as a difference or difference in value between a limited series … versus a full series?”

He said, “Yeah, I don’t know.” “That’s a really good question because I think last week was 70, but he’s the top 70 of the year, okay, so it’s a limited field, obviously. I felt like it was a really good competition. It means the head. I just felt that the average score was very good. You obviously add 70 great golfers and you’re probably much more competitive. I don’t know if it’s taking too much. I really think it could be a few build…”

“Another building part, if there are more?” A reporter asked.

“No, I think the least can keep it very similar and maybe build more — we’re an entertainment product, so it’s not an ideal amount of competition, and I don’t know what Homma said. “Like I’m talking to Xander [Schauffele] about this. I said, I don’t care how good you are at golf; I don’t care how good I am at golf; When people aren’t looking, we tell people in the bar that we’re really good at golf.

“It’s like at some point it’s about the product and what makes people want to see us play, and there’s always been like 144 people playing at tournaments, but I don’t know if that’s the ideal amount of competition. I have to ask someone who works on an Excel spreadsheet or something, not me. But I thought last week was good proof that we have 70 of the best players of the season. It was a really exciting tournament at the top, and I felt like even in the middle, where I kind of came in the middle of third place, it still felt like a struggle to beat people because you’re playing against some guys who play really good golf.”

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“Then do you think it is important for a tournament to have a track of whatever size?” A reporter asked.

“I definitely think it’s something to think about,” Homma said. “I don’t know. We sell championship golf to sponsors or to a city. It’s a big city. Atlanta is a great city. You want to know that Rory McIlroy will be here on Sunday. Unfortunately, we had a guy, Tiger , which made it seem too easy to guarantee.

“I think it would be good for entertainment, but I think my favorite stat in sports is 142 straight hits. [set by Woods]. I think it could be — it could be difficult, but I also don’t think anybody will come close to it, so maybe we can just look at it.”

If you thought it was worth noting that golf tracks its ratings, you’re right. You can blame the new competition there, but of course it’s deeper and less complicated than that. Simple LIV else The choice of entertainment among numerous other options, and the smart business here tells you to at least appreciate your product.

We’ll wrap things up with this exchange. One reporter noted that they believe it all started on television.

“I think since television became viral and so widespread,” Homma said. “That’s a good question too. But I would say it’s been 20 years since Tiger came along, and 30 years since Tiger and golf became more and more popular. It’s like – there are golfers in common. I think probably before there was a bit of sand and we still have that and now we have mainstream fans so make sure it’s really fun because there’s a lot of things going on. There is TikTok, Twitter and Instagram. There are so many little ways to see things break. We have to keep it interesting for some kind of grand golf scheme. “

“Do you have the simple men or the sick? Who is following you?” A reporter asked.

“Oh, man, I don’t know,” said Homma. “That’s a great question. I’d rather not think about it.”

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Nick Piastowski is a senior editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories throughout the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball straighter and straighter, the Milwaukee native seems to be playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short and drinking cold beer to lower his scores. You can reach him on any of these topics – his stories, his game or his beer – at [email protected]

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