The Tour has revamped some details to the perks of PGA Tour members playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament, which caught my eye because one provision contradicts another.
From PGATour.com’s Round 1 Notebook:
–For 2010 and going forward, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai will count as an official PGA TOUR victory and offer a three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR – provided it is won by a PGA TOUR member.
–The change is not retroactive, meaning that Phil Mickelson’s win in 2009 does not count toward his official victory total.
–If a non-PGA TOUR member wins the HSBC Champions, he would not receive a PGA TOUR exemption, but he would qualify for the SBS Championship Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
–Prize money from the $7 million purse does NOT, however, count toward the official PGA TOUR money list, even if a PGA TOUR member wins.