Rory McIlroy reckons the PGA Tour should take inspiration from the NBA.
Speaking before the Genesis Invitational hosted by Tiger Woods, McIlroy said the NBA was built around the elite and "not the 12th guy on the team".
He was talking about the elevated events that were unveiled as a response to LIV Golf.
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The idea was to persuade the PGA's best players to compete outside of the majors more often with prize purses to rival the breakaway tour.
Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler have won the first two events that have been given designated status, both collecting cheques for $3.6m.
The Genesis Invitational also has a huge prize purse.
But there is some concern amongst the membership about the new events being a closed shop.
Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus has similarly expressed reservations.
The Golden Bear suggested previously suggested the changes within the PGA Tour essentially risk dividing the North American circuit into two tiers.
McIlroy insisted it is not a closed shop, adding:
"The ceiling is being raised and the floor is staying exactly the same"
Five-time PGA Tour winner Max Homa believes members' potential gripes aren't completely accurate at the moment.
Homa said he believes the world ranking structure makes it mathematically easier to succeed.
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