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Garcia welcomes Final Series changes

ESPN staff
March 18, 2014
Sergio Garcia missed out on last season's finale at the World Tour Championship because he had not played in two of the three preceding events © Getty Images

Sergio Garcia has backed changes to the European Tour's Final Series after several top players missed out on last season's World Tour Championship finale in Dubai.

Players will no longer be required to play in a minimum of two of three Final Series tournaments that precede the World Tour Championship. Like Garcia, both Ernie Els and Charl Scwartzel both failed to qualify for the inaugural season-ending showpiece last November.

The field will increase to the top 60 available players, rather than only those finishing inside the top 60.

The bonus pool for the Final Series has been increased to €3.6 million (£3m) as part of a series of changes that also includes a new qualifying format. The prize fund, up from €2.7m (£2.3m), will be shared by the leading 15 players on the Race to Dubai money list competing at the World Tour Championship.

Changes to the FedEx Cup-style series were announced on Monday following criticism of last year's format from the likes of Els and Garcia.

"I'm very happy with the changes," Garcia said. "I'm looking forward to the Final Series. We are all working together and I'm very happy to see that we've reached a middle ground which should help make us all happy."

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