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PGA reducing number of pros in Championship

The U.S. PGA Championship, the last of the year's four majors, is cutting back on its traditional representation of club professionals to maintain the strength of its field.

The tournament, which boasts the strongest entry in major championship golf, has cut the number of club pros in this week's 156-man field from 40 last year to 25 at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Next year, that figure will drop to 20.

"It is such an important tradition to this event to have PGA club professionals there," Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) president Roger Warren told a new conference on Wednesday.

"We have to balance that tradition against what it takes to continue to make this field the most competitive possible."

This year's tournament has 93 of the world's top 100 players chasing a first prize of $1.17 million, including 62 international players representing 21 countries.

The PGA is made up of golf pros, who compete in a tournament for the berths reserved for them at the U.S. PGA Championship.

Tournament organisers added that, should no clear winner emerge this week after 72 holes, a three-hole playoff would be contested over the 194-yard par-three fourth, the 423-yard par-four fifth and the 554-yard par-five 18th.


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