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PGA Tour

PGA Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
2015 PGA Tour
Sport Golf
Founded 1929[1] (broke from PGA in 1968)
CEO Tim Finchem (1994-present)
Country  United States
Most titles Sam Snead (82)
TV partner(s) CBS Sports
NBC Sports/Golf Channel
Sky Sports
Official website

The PGA Tour (officially rendered in all Champions Tour (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Tour (for professional players who have not yet qualified to play in the PGA Tour), as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. It is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

Originally established by the LPGA Tour for women and the other men's and women's professional tours around the world.


  • History 1
  • Tours operated by the PGA Tour 2
  • Charity fundraising 3
  • Television and radio coverage 4
    • Currently 4.1
  • The structure of the PGA Tour season 5
    • Outline of the season 5.1
    • Tournaments 5.2
    • Notable player exemption categories 5.3
    • Event categories 5.4
    • Changes for 2013 season and beyond 5.5
  • Money winners and most wins leaders 6
    • Multiple money list titles 6.1
  • Player and rookie of the year awards 7
    • Multiple Player of the Year Awards 7.1
  • Career money leaders 8
  • See also 9
  • Notes and references 10
  • External links 11


The tour began in 1929 and at various times the tournament players had attempted to operate independently from the club professionals.[1][2] With an increase of revenue in the late 1960s due to expanded television coverage, a dispute arose between the touring professionals and the

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External links

  1. ^ a b "PGA War On". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. June 15, 1967. p. 42. 
  2. ^ "Internal PGA feud flares again". Palm Beach Post. UPI. July 26, 1966. p. 13. 
  3. ^ a b Awtrey, Stan (February 11, 2009). "Professionals' split was a good thing for the game". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Touring pros studying break". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 23, 1968. p. 12. 
  5. ^ McCarthy, Denis (August 14, 1968). "Golf tour pros break with PGA". Palm Beach Post. p. 19. 
  6. ^ Green, Bob (August 20, 1968). "Rebel golfers number 205: pros form APG". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 3B. 
  7. ^ "Touring golf pros set up own shop". Milwaukee Journal. August 20, 1968. p. 11. 
  8. ^ "Rebel touring pros organize to battle for tournament, television jackpot". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. August 20, 1968. p. 15. 
  9. ^ Mulvoy, Mark (September 2, 1968). "The revolt of the touring pros". Sports Illustrated: 20. 
  10. ^ Nicklaus, Jack (September 16, 1968). "Rebuttal to a searing attack". Sports Illustrated: 30. 
  11. ^ "Making an impact: Golf 1895-2004". USA Today. January 8, 2004. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "PGA, sponsors eye settlement". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. September 6, 1968. p. 3B. 
  13. ^ "History: 1960–69". PGA of America. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Tour golfers, PGA settle fuss over tourney control". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. December 14, 1968. p. 15. 
  15. ^ a b "Pro golf struggle is settled; PGA forms tourney group". Milwaukee Journal. December 14, 1968. p. 18. 
  16. ^ "Dispute in U.S. settled". Glasgow Herald. December 16, 1968. p. 5. 
  17. ^ "Dey named new czar of pro golf". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. January 23, 1969. p. 12. 
  18. ^ "Dey named new player commissioner". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. January 23, 1969. p. 10. 
  19. ^ "Beman faces change, challenge in golf". Lakeland Ledger. January 6, 1974. p. 6C. 
  20. ^ "History: 1970–79". PGA of America. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Pro Golf Tour Changes Name". The New York Times. August 31, 1981. Retrieved June 18, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Touring pros get new name - TPA". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 31, 1981. p. 2B. 
  23. ^ "Tour Changes Its Name Again". The New York Times. March 20, 1982. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Professional golf gets a new look". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 20, 1982. p. H10. 
  25. ^ "Canadian Tour to convert to PGA Tour Canada" (Press release). PGA Tour. October 18, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  26. ^ Martin, Sean (December 17, 2013). "Q-School roundup: Status breakdown". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Isabelle Beisiegel earns men's tour card". ESPN. Associated Press. May 27, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  28. ^ "PGA Tour Charity Blog". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  29. ^ "PGA Tour reaches television agreements". Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Broadcaster is seeking £200m for TV soccer".  
  31. ^ "Eurosport to show remainder of 2009 Tour events in UK" (Press release). PGA Tour. June 25, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Sky Sports, PGA TOUR extend deal for U.K viewers". PGA Tour. November 23, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  33. ^ "SBS to sponsor season-opening event through 2019" (Press release). PGA Tour. May 7, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Hyundai taking over sponsorship at Kapalua". PGA Tour. November 4, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Tour extends broadcasting deal with India's NEO Sports" (Press release). PGA Tour. October 22, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  36. ^ "PGA Tour to conduct official-money event in Mexico". PGA Tour. January 13, 2006. Archived from the original on January 8, 2008. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  37. ^ "First Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia set for October" (Press release). PGA Tour. March 3, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  38. ^ a b "China gets World Golf Championship with asterisk". Associated Press. April 29, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  39. ^ a b "HSBC Champions, Round 1 Notebook, HSBC Champions and PGA Tour eligibility". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  40. ^ "PGA Tour Policy Board makes immediate changes to cut policy" (Press release). PGA Tour. February 28, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  41. ^ PGA Tour Eligibility Ranking
  42. ^ "PGA Tour announces changes". ESPN. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  43. ^ Harig, Bob (March 21, 2012). "Decoding tour's schedule changes". ESPN. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  44. ^ a b "Fall Series events to offer full FedExCup points" (Press release). PGA Tour. June 26, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  45. ^ a b c d Elling, Steve (July 10, 2012). "PGA Tour finalizes controversial makeover as Qualifying School gone after six-decade run". CBS Sports: Eye on Golf. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  46. ^ a b c "Notes: Consistency becomes even more important in 2013". PGA Tour. Associated Press. September 11, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  47. ^ "Top 25 assured of PGA Tour card". ESPN. Associated Press. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  48. ^ a b Dell, John (July 10, 2012). " impact expanded with qualifying changes". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  49. ^ "PGA Tour Player of the Year: Past winners". PGA Tour. December 18, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  50. ^ "PGA Tour Rookie of the Year: Past winners". PGA Tour. December 18, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  51. ^ Hoggard, Rex (September 23, 2013). "Stenson had a 'comeback' year, but won't receive award". Golf Channel. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  52. ^ "No comeback player award this season". ESPN. November 8, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  53. ^ Harig, Bob (November 11, 2009). "No comeback player of year in '09". ESPN. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  54. ^ "PGA Tour Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 

Notes and references

See also

Due to increases in prize funds over the years, this list consists entirely of current players. Two players on the list, Vijay Singh and Davis Love III, are eligible for the Champions Tour (having respectively turned 50 in February 2013 and April 2014). Both have lifetime exemptions on the PGA Tour for 20 wins and 15 years on the Tour. The figures are not the players' complete career prize money as they do not include FedEx Cup bonuses, winnings from unofficial money events, or earnings on other tours such as the European Tour. In addition, elite golfers often earn several times as much from endorsements and golf-related business interests as they do from prize money.

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.[54]

Rank Player Country Prize money (US$)
1 Tiger Woods  United States 109,612,414
2 Phil Mickelson  United States 75,298,510
3 Vijay Singh  Fiji 68,576,122
4 Jim Furyk  United States 61,911,633
5 Ernie Els  South Africa 47,744,740
6 Davis Love III  United States 42,796,746
7 Steve Stricker  United States 40,674,840
8 David Toms  United States 40,313,294
9 Sergio García  Spain 37,773,319
10 Adam Scott  Australia 37,297,653
The top ten career money leaders on the tour as of the end of the 2013–14 season (September 14) are as follows:

Career money leaders

The following players have won more than one PGA Tour Player of the Year Award through 2013:

The following players have won more than one PGA Player of the Year Award through 2014:

Multiple Player of the Year Awards

Year PGA Player of the Year
1989 Tom Kite
1988 Curtis Strange
1987 Paul Azinger
1986 Bob Tway
1985 Lanny Wadkins
1984 Tom Watson
1983 Hal Sutton
1982 Tom Watson
1981 Bill Rogers
1980 Tom Watson
1979 Tom Watson
1978 Tom Watson
1977 Tom Watson
1976 Jack Nicklaus
1975 Jack Nicklaus
1974 Johnny Miller
1973 Jack Nicklaus
1972 Jack Nicklaus
1971 Lee Trevino
1970 Billy Casper
1969 Orville Moody
1968 No award
1967 Jack Nicklaus
1966 Billy Casper
1965 Dave Marr
1964 Ken Venturi
1963 Julius Boros
1962 Arnold Palmer
1961 Jerry Barber
1960 Arnold Palmer
1959 Art Wall, Jr.
1958 Dow Finsterwald
1957 Dick Mayer
1956 Jack Burke, Jr.
1955 Doug Ford
1954 Ed Furgol
1953 Ben Hogan
1952 Julius Boros
1951 Ben Hogan
1950 Ben Hogan
1949 Sam Snead
1948 Ben Hogan
Year PGA Player of the Year PGA Tour Player of the Year PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Comeback Player of the Year
2014 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy Chesson Hadley Defunct
2013 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Jordan Spieth
2012 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy John Huh
2011 Luke Donald Luke Donald Keegan Bradley None[52]
2010 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk Rickie Fowler Stuart Appleby
2009 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Marc Leishman None[53]
2008 Pádraig Harrington Pádraig Harrington Andrés Romero Dudley Hart
2007 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Brandt Snedeker Steve Stricker
2006 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Trevor Immelman Steve Stricker
2005 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Sean O'Hair Jay Haas
2004 Vijay Singh Vijay Singh Todd Hamilton John Daly
2003 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Ben Curtis Peter Jacobsen
2002 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Jonathan Byrd Gene Sauers
2001 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Charles Howell III Joe Durant
2000 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Michael Clark II Paul Azinger
1999 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Carlos Franco Steve Pate
1998 Mark O'Meara Mark O'Meara Steve Flesch Scott Verplank
1997 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Stewart Cink Bill Glasson
1996 Tom Lehman Tom Lehman Tiger Woods Steve Jones
1995 Greg Norman Greg Norman Woody Austin Bob Tway
1994 Nick Price Nick Price Ernie Els Hal Sutton
1993 Nick Price Nick Price Vijay Singh Howard Twitty
1992 Fred Couples Fred Couples Mark Carnevale John Cook
1991 Corey Pavin Fred Couples John Daly Bruce Fleisher, D. A. Weibring
1990 Nick Faldo Wayne Levi Robert Gamez -

PGA Tour players compete for two player of the year awards. The PGA Player of the Year award dates back to 1948 and is awarded by the PGA of America. Since 1982 the winner has been selected using a points system with points awarded for wins, money list position and scoring average. The PGA Tour Player of the Year award,[49] also known as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, is administered by the PGA Tour and was introduced in 1990; the recipient is selected by the tour players by ballot, although the results are not released other than to say who has won. More often than not the same player wins both awards; in fact, as seen in the table below, the PGA and PGA Tour Players of the Year have been the same every year from 1992 through 2013. The Rookie of the Year award was also introduced in 1990.[50] Players are eligible in their first season of PGA Tour membership; several of the winners had a good deal of international success before their PGA Tour rookie season, and some have been in their thirties when they won the award. In March 2012, a new award, the PGA Tour Courage Award, was introduced in replacement of the defunct Comeback Player of the Year award.[51]

Player and rookie of the year awards

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2014:

Multiple money list titles

  1. Players with 2 wins in 2011: Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Mark Wilson
  2. Players with 2 wins in 1991: Billy Andrade, Mark Brooks, Fred Couples, Andrew Magee, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Tom Purtzer, Ian Woosnam
  3. Players with 2 wins in 1983: Calvin Peete, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins, Fuzzy Zoeller
  4. Players with 3 wins in 1969: Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Dave Hill, Jack Nicklaus


Year Money winner Earnings ($) Most wins
2014 Rory McIlroy (2/2) 8,280,096 3: Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker
2013 Tiger Woods (10/10) 8,553,439 5: Tiger Woods
2012 Rory McIlroy (1/2) 8,047,952 4: Rory McIlroy
2011 Luke Donald 6,683,214 2: 7 players (note 1)
2010 Matt Kuchar 4,910,477 3: Jim Furyk
2009 Tiger Woods (9/10) 10,508,163 6: Tiger Woods
2008 Vijay Singh (3/3) 6,601,094 4: Tiger Woods
2007 Tiger Woods (8/10) 10,867,052 7: Tiger Woods
2006 Tiger Woods (7/10) 9,941,563 8: Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods (6/10) 10,628,024 6: Tiger Woods
2004 Vijay Singh (2/3) 10,905,166 9: Vijay Singh
2003 Vijay Singh (1/3) 7,573,907 5: Tiger Woods
2002 Tiger Woods (5/10) 6,912,625 5: Tiger Woods
2001 Tiger Woods (4/10) 5,687,777 5: Tiger Woods
2000 Tiger Woods (3/10) 9,188,321 9: Tiger Woods
1999 Tiger Woods (2/10) 6,616,585 8: Tiger Woods
1998 David Duval 2,591,031 4: David Duval
1997 Tiger Woods (1/10) 2,066,833 4: Tiger Woods
1996 Tom Lehman 1,780,159 4: Phil Mickelson
1995 Greg Norman (3/3) 1,654,959 3: Lee Janzen, Greg Norman
1994 Nick Price (2/2) 1,499,927 6: Nick Price
1993 Nick Price (1/2) 1,478,557 4: Nick Price
1992 Fred Couples 1,344,188 3: John Cook; Fred Couples; Davis Love III
1991 Corey Pavin 979,430 2: 8 players (note 2)
1990 Greg Norman (2/3) 1,165,477 4: Wayne Levi
1989 Tom Kite (2/2) 1,395,278 3: Tom Kite; Steve Jones
1988 Curtis Strange (3/3) 1,147,644 4: Curtis Strange
1987 Curtis Strange (2/3) 925,941 3: Paul Azinger; Curtis Strange
1986 Greg Norman (1/3) 653,296 4: Bob Tway
1985 Curtis Strange (1/3) 542,321 3: Curtis Strange; Lanny Wadkins
1984 Tom Watson (5/5) 476,260 3: Tom Watson; Denis Watson
1983 Hal Sutton 426,668 2: 8 players (note 3)
1982 Craig Stadler 446,462 4: Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Calvin Peete
1981 Tom Kite (1/2) 375,699 4: Bill Rogers
1980 Tom Watson (4/5) 530,808 7: Tom Watson
1979 Tom Watson (3/5) 462,636 5: Tom Watson
1978 Tom Watson (2/5) 362,429 5: Tom Watson
1977 Tom Watson (1/5) 310,653 5: Tom Watson
1976 Jack Nicklaus (8/8) 266,439 3: Ben Crenshaw, Hubert Green
1975 Jack Nicklaus (7/8) 298,149 5: Jack Nicklaus
1974 Johnny Miller 353,022 8: Johnny Miller
1973 Jack Nicklaus (6/8) 308,362 7: Jack Nicklaus
1972 Jack Nicklaus (5/8) 320,542 7: Jack Nicklaus
1971 Jack Nicklaus (4/8) 244,491 6: Lee Trevino
1970 Lee Trevino 157,037 4: Billy Casper
1969 Frank Beard 164,707 3: 4 players (note 4)
1968 Billy Casper (2/2) 205,169 6: Billy Casper
1967 Jack Nicklaus (3/8) 188,998 5: Jack Nicklaus
1966 Billy Casper (1/2) 121,945 4: Billy Casper
1965 Jack Nicklaus (2/8) 140,752 5: Jack Nicklaus
1964 Jack Nicklaus (1/8) 113,285 5: Tony Lema
1963 Arnold Palmer (4/4) 128,230 7: Arnold Palmer
1962 Arnold Palmer (3/4) 81,448 8: Arnold Palmer
1961 Gary Player 64,540 6: Arnold Palmer
1960 Arnold Palmer (2/4) 75,263 8: Arnold Palmer
1959 Art Wall, Jr. 53,168 5: Gene Littler
1958 Arnold Palmer (1/4) 42,608 4: Ken Venturi
1957 Dick Mayer 65,835 4: Arnold Palmer
1956 Ted Kroll 72,836 4: Mike Souchak
1955 Julius Boros (2/2) 63,122 6: Cary Middlecoff
1954 Bob Toski 65,820 4: Bob Toski
1953 Lew Worsham 34,002 5: Ben Hogan
1952 Julius Boros (1/2) 37,033 5: Jack Burke, Jr., Sam Snead
1951 Lloyd Mangrum 26,089 6: Cary Middlecoff
1950 Sam Snead (3/3) 35,759 11: Sam Snead
1949 Sam Snead (2/3) 31,594 7: Cary Middlecoff
1948 Ben Hogan (5/5) 32,112 10: Ben Hogan
1947 Jimmy Demaret 27,937 7: Ben Hogan
1946 Ben Hogan (4/5) 42,556 13: Ben Hogan
1945 Byron Nelson (2/2) 63,336 18: Byron Nelson
1944 Byron Nelson (1/2) 37,968 8: Byron Nelson
1943 No records kept 1: Sam Byrd, Harold McSpaden, Steve Warga
1942 Ben Hogan (3/5) 13,143 6: Ben Hogan
1941 Ben Hogan (2/5) 18,358 7: Sam Snead
1940 Ben Hogan (1/5) 10,655 6: Jimmy Demaret
1939 Henry Picard 10,303 8: Henry Picard
1938 Sam Snead (1/3) 19,534 8: Sam Snead
1937 Harry Cooper 14,139 8: Harry Cooper
1936 Horton Smith 7,682 3: Ralph Guldahl, Jimmy Hines, Henry Picard
1935 Johnny Revolta 9,543 5: Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta
1934 Paul Runyan 6,767 7: Paul Runyan
1933 9: Paul Runyan
1932 4: Gene Sarazen
1931 4: Wiffy Cox
1930 8: Gene Sarazen
1929 8: Horton Smith
1928 7: Bill Mehlhorn
1927 7: Johnny Farrell
1926 5: Bill Mehlhorn, Macdonald Smith
1925 5: Leo Diegel
1924 5: Walter Hagen
1923 5: Walter Hagen, Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
1922 4: Walter Hagen
1921 4: Jim Barnes
1920 4: Jock Hutchison
1919 5: Jim Barnes
1918 1: Patrick Doyle, Walter Hagen, Jock Hutchison
1917 2: Jim Barnes, Mike Brady
1916 3: Jim Barnes

Players who lead the money list on the PGA Tour win the Arnold Palmer Award (since 1981).

Money winners and most wins leaders

Finally, two events held in Asia after the end of the PGA Tour's current regular season—the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and the HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championships event held in China—will become full PGA Tour events, with official prize money, for the first time. Before 2013, neither event had full PGA Tour status despite being sanctioned by the Tour. Wins in the CIMB Classic were not classified as official PGA Tour wins, and HSBC Champions victories were official wins only for current PGA Tour members. Money earned in these events did not count as official PGA Tour earnings for any purpose.

In addition, the leading money winners on the Tour in both the regular season and Finals will receive automatic invitations to The Players Championship (note that if a golfer tops both money lists, only one Players invitation will be awarded).[48]

The criterion for retaining tour cards at the end of the season will also change. Through 2012, the top 125 players on the money list at the end of the PGA Tour season retain their tour cards. For the 2013 season only, the top 125 players on both the money list and the FedEx Cup points list at the end of the FedEx Cup regular season in August will retain their cards.[46] The tour also said that it would decide at a later time whether to keep this aspect of the qualifying system in place in future seasons.[46] Otherwise, the planned move by the tour to have the top 125 players on the FedEx Cup points list retain their tour cards will take effect with the 2014 season. The next 75 players on the points list, along with the top 75 on the money list of the Tour at the end of that tour's regular season, will be eligible to play a series of three tournaments in September known as the Tour Finals. The Finals field, however, is not expected to consist of all 150 players, as some of the PGA Tour players will still be exempt by other criteria, such as a tournament win in the previous two years.[47] A total of 50 PGA Tour cards for the next season will be awarded at the end of the Finals. The 25 leading money winners during the Tour regular season will receive cards, and total money earned during the Finals will determine the remaining 25 card earners.[48] For all 50 new card earners, their positions on the PGA Tour's priority order for purposes of tournament entry will be based on money earned in the Finals.[45] College players who turn professional can enter the series if their earnings are equivalent to a top-200 PGA Tour or top-75 Tour finish.

As a result of the schedule change, the qualifying school will no longer grant playing rights on the PGA Tour, but will only grant privileges on the Tour (known as the Nationwide Tour at the time of the March announcement; the tour was renamed on June 27, 2012 in mid-season).[45]

First, the 2013 season will be the last to be conducted entirely within a calendar year. The 2014 season will start in October 2013, shortly after the Tour Championship, and future seasons will start in October of the previous calendar year.[45] Beginning with the 2014 season, the tournaments in the now season-opening Fall Series will award full FedEx Cup points.[44]

On March 20, 2012, the tour announced radical changes to the tour's season and qualifying process.[42][43] Further details of these changes relating to the Fall Series were announced on June 26,[44] with the remaining details announced on July 10.[45] One of the final details received a minor tweak, effective for the 2013 season only, on September 11.[46]

Changes for 2013 season and beyond

There are also a number of events which are recognized by the PGA Tour, but which do not count towards the official money list. Most of these take place in the off season (November and December). This slate of unofficial, often made-for-TV events (which includes the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, the Franklin Templeton Shootout, the Skins Game, etc.) is referred to as the "Challenge Season" or more disapprovingly as the "Silly Season."

  • Team: A United States team of 12 elite players competes in the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup in alternate years. The Ryder Cup, pitting a team of U.S. golfers against a European team, is arguably the highest profile event in golf, outranking the majors. The Presidents Cup, which matches a team of U.S. golfers against an international team of golfers not eligible for the Ryder Cup, is less well established, but is still the main event of the week when it is played. There is no prize money in these events, so they are irrelevant to the money list, but an immense amount of pride rides on the results.
  • Regular: Routine weekly tour events. The "regular" events vary somewhat in status, but this is fairly subjective and not usually based on the size of the purse. Some of the factors which can determine the status of a tournament are:
  • Invitational: These events are similar to the regular ones, but have a slightly smaller (around 120–132 players), selective field. The top 70 on the previous year's money list can automatically take part in invitationals, as well as past champions of the event. There is an increased amount of sponsor's exemptions as well, and some invitationals allow the defending champion to invite one or several amateurs to compete. Invitational tournaments include the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Memorial Tournament and the Quicken Loans National. The tournaments usually do have an association with a golf legend, or in the case of the RBC Heritage, a famous course.
  • Alternate: Events which are played in the same week as a higher status tournament and therefore have weakened fields and reduced prize money. They are often considered an opportunity for players who would not qualify for certain events due to their world rankings or positions on the FedEx Cup points list to move up more easily or earn a two year exemption for winning a tournament. Because of their weaker fields, these events usually receive the minimum amount of points reserved for PGA Tour events (24 points) and fewer FedEx Cup points than most tournaments (300 points instead of 500). Alternate events also do not earn Masters invitations.
  • Fall Series: After the final playoff event of the FedEx Cup season (The Tour Championship), the season concludes with this series of events, usually passed on by the higher-status players. This currently provides an opportunity for players low on the Money List to increase their season's earnings enough to rank in the "magic" 125 and thus secure their "card" for the following season without having to re-qualify through Q-School. Beginning in fall 2013 (the 2014 season), these events will open the tour season, and will receive full FedEx Cup points allocations and Masters invitations.
The Ryder Cup, contested in even-numbered years between teams from Europe and the United States.
  • Playoff event: The last four tournaments of the FedEx Cup have fields based on the FedEx Cup rankings. The top 125 players on the points list are entered in the Barclays Classic. Each week after that fields are cut: Deutsche Bank Championship to the top 100 players; BMW Championship to 70 players; The Tour Championship to 30 players.
The FedEx Cup, presented to the winner of the season-ending playoffs.
  • Majors: The four leading annual events in world golf are the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, The (British) Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. These events each automatically receive 100 OWGR points.
  • World Golf Championships (WGC): A set of events co-sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours which attract the leading golfers from all over the world, including those who are not members of the PGA Tour. Note that the HSBC Champions was made a WGC event in the middle of the 2009 season. Because it takes place after The Tour Championship, it does not currently count as an official money event or an official win, but the winner is invited to the following season's edition of the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions.[38] Beginning in 2010, if the winner is a PGA Tour member, the victory will count as an official win and the winner will receive a three-year Tour exemption (as with other WGC winners).[39] Once the PGA Tour changes to an October–August season in 2013, the HSBC Champions will become an official money event, and victories will be official for PGA Tour members and non-members alike.
  • Unique: Two tournaments rate as unique, for different reasons:
    • The Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of the season, has a field consisting of winners from the previous season's competition only. This results in a field much smaller than any other tournament except for The Tour Championship, with no cut after 36 holes of play. It has not yet been announced exactly how this tournament will be affected by the 2013 schedule change, but it is likely to maintain its champions-only status.
    • The Players Championship is the only event, apart from the majors and the World Golf Championships, which attracts entries from almost all of the world's elite golfers. Official recognition is given to its unique position in the sport by the Official World Golf Ranking. Like a major tournament, it is allocated a fixed number of OWGR points (80), albeit 20% less than for a major. (The number of points allocated to "regular" events is dependent on the rankings of the players who enter each year, and is only determined once the entry list is finalized.) For purposes of the FedEx Cup standings, The Players has had an identical point allocation to that of the majors since the Cup was instituted in 2007. In North America, some people would like to make the tournament an official major with a ranking equal to the current majors in the OWGR. However there is little support for this in the rest of the world, and any revision to the points system for the world rankings would require a global consensus.

Event categories

  • Winners of majors or Players Championships over last five years
  • Winners of WGC events, Tour Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitation, or Memorial Tournament over past three years
  • FedEx Cup champions over past five years
  • PGA Tour money list winners over past five years
  • PGA Tour event winners over last two years. Players can earn additional exempt season for multiple wins, up to five years.
  • Career money list (Top 50 and Top 25, respectively, good for one year each)
  • Life members (15 years on Tour and 20 career wins)
  • Top 125 on previous season's FedEx Cup
  • Top 125 on money list
  • Players who finished equivalent or greater to Top 125 on regular season FedEx Cup or money list as non-members
  • Major Medical Exemption (out four months or more)
  • Leading money winners on Tour Finals list, leading money winner from combined regular season and Tour finals earnings, winners of three Tour events during previous season
  • Tour finals graduates (subject to reorder)
  • Minor Medical Exemption
  • Non-exempt players finishing 126-150 in FedEx Cup (subject to reorder)
  • Past champions and veteran players outside 150th in FedEx Cup (subject to reorder)

In 2015, the PGA had 37 positions for priority rankings, which determine the tournament fields.[41] Among the most notable (in order):

Notable player exemption categories

In 2008, the PGA Tour Policy Board approved a change in the number of players that will make the cut. The cut will continue to be low 70 professionals and ties, unless that results in a post-cut field of more than 78 players. Under that circumstance, the cut score will be selected to make a field as close to 70 players as possible without exceeding 78. Players who are cut in such circumstances but who have placed 70th or better will get credit for making the cut and will earn official money and FedEx Cup points. This policy affected two of the first three events with cuts, the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Buick Invitational. In late February, the Policy Board announced a revised cut policy, effective beginning with the Honda Classic. The new policy calls for 36-hole cut to the low 70 professionals and ties and, if that cut results in more than 78 players, a second 54-hole cut to the low 70 professionals and ties.[40]

In most of the regular events on tour, the field is either 132, 144 or 156 players, depending on time of year (and available daylight hours). All players making the cut earn money for the tournament with the winner usually receiving 18% of the total purse.

Most members of the tour play between 20 and 30 tournaments in the season. The geography of the tour is determined by the weather. It starts in Hawaii in January and spends most of its first two months in California and Arizona during what is known as the "West Coast Swing," and then moves to the American Southeast for the "Southern Swing." Each swing culminates in a significant tour event. In April, tour events begin to drift north. The summer months are spent mainly in the Northeast and the Midwest, and in the fall (autumn) the tour heads south again.

  • The CIMB Classic, a limited-field event held in Malaysia and the Tour's first sanctioned event in Southeast Asia. The field is limited to 40 players—the top 25 available players in the final FedEx Cup standings, the top 10 available Asian players, and five sponsor's exemptions, with at least one place reserved for a Malaysian player. The 2013 edition, which is part of the 2014 season, will be the first as an official money event.[37]
  • The WGC-HSBC Champions, traditionally held the week after the Malaysia tournament. Despite its elevation to World Golf Championships status in 2009, it initially was not an official money event.[38] Starting in 2010, if the event was won by a PGA Tour member, it would count as an official win and carry the three-year exemption of the other WGCs.[39] Starting in 2013, the HSBC Champions will be an official money event, and wins will be official for Tour and non-Tour members alike.

Before the transition, the Tour held a group of events known as the PGA Tour Fall Series, which provided a final opportunity for golfers to make the top 125 in season earnings and thereby retain their Tour cards. With the change to an October-to-September season, several of the former Fall Series events will now open the season. The Tour also sanctions two events in Asia during that part of the year:

The 2013 season, which is the last before the tour transitions to a schedule spanning two calendar years, will have 40 official money events in 38 weeks, including three alternate events played the same week as a higher status tournament. The other event that is considered part of the 2013 season is the biennial Presidents Cup, matching a team of golfers representing the USA with an "International" team consisting of non-European players (Europeans instead play in the Ryder Cup, held in even-numbered years).


2007 saw the introduction of a tournament in Mexico, an alternate event staged the same week as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.[36] A tournament in Puerto Rico was introduced in 2008 as an alternate event staged opposite the WGC-CA Championship.

Most recently, the Fall Series was reduced to four events, all held after the Tour Championship, for 2011. This followed the move of the Viking Classic into the regular season as an alternate event.

The Fall Series saw major changes for 2009, with one of its events moving to May and another dropping off the schedule entirely. It returned to its original start date of the week after the Tour Championship. Then, as in 2008, it took a week off, this time for the Presidents Cup. It then continued with events in three consecutive weeks, took another week off for the HSBC Champions (now elevated to World Golf Championships status), and concluded the week after that.

The Tour continues through the fall, with the focus on the scramble of the less successful players to earn enough money to retain their tour cards. A circuit known as the Fall Series, originally with seven tournaments but now with four, was introduced in 2007. In its inaugural year, its events were held in seven consecutive weeks, starting the week after the Tour Championship. As was the case for the FedEx Cup playoff schedule, the Fall Series schedule was also tweaked in 2008 and 2009. The first 2008 Fall Series event was held opposite the Ryder Cup, and the Fall Series took a week off for the Tour Championship before continuing with its remaining six events.

Three of the four majors take place in eight weeks between June and August. In the past, this has threatened to make the last two and a half months of the season anti-climactic, as some of the very top players competed less from that point on. In response, the PGA Tour has introduced a new format, the FedEx Cup. From January through mid-August players compete in "regular season" events and earn FedEx Cup points, in addition to prize money. At the end of the regular season, the top 125 FedEx Cup points winners are eligible to compete in the "playoffs," four events taking place from mid-August to mid-September. The field sizes for these events are reduced from 125 to 100 to 70 and finally the traditional 30 for the Tour Championship. Additional FedEx Cup points are earned in these events. At the end of the championship, the top point winner is the season champion. To put this new system into place, the PGA Tour has made significant changes to the traditional schedule. In 2007, The Players Championship moved to May so as to have a marquee event in five consecutive months. The Tour Championship moved to mid-September, with an international team event (Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup) following at the end of September. The schedule was tweaked slightly in both 2008 and 2009. After the third FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship, the Tour takes a full week off. In 2008, the break came before the Ryder Cup, with the Tour Championship the week after that. In 2009, the break was followed by the Tour Championship, with the Presidents Cup taking place two weeks after that.

Outline of the season

The structure of the PGA Tour season

For the 2013 season, the Golf Channel will provide early-round coverage of 29 tournaments and full coverage of 6 events, while CBS Sports will provide weekend-only coverage of 20 tournaments. NBC Sports will present weekend coverage of 13 events, single-round coverage of one, and four-round coverage of one, while ESPN will provide early-round coverage of three events and four-round coverage of one. Turner Sports and CBS Sports will team to provide early-round coverage of one event, the PGA Championship on TNT. Jim Nantz, Gary McCord, Peter Kostis, David Feherty, Ian Baker-Finch, and Nick Faldo are the current announcers for the season.


Since 2005, Sirius XM Radio has provided a PGA Tour branded station, the PGA Tour Network, which airs golf related programming and coverage of events, including the PGA Tour's circuits. In the United States, Dial Global provides some coverage of tournaments through its former connections as Westwood One before CBS spun it off, including the Masters.

The Indian broadcaster NEO Prime obtained exclusive rights to the PGA Tour on the Indian subcontinent in 2008, and has since extended its deal through the 2015 season.[35]

The PGA Tour is also covered extensively outside the United States. In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports was the main broadcaster of the tour for a number of years up to 2006. Setanta Sports won exclusive UK and Ireland rights for six years from 2007 for a reported cost of £103 million. The deal includes Champions Tour and the Nationwide Tour events, but like the U.S. television deals it does not include the major championships, and unlike the U.S. deal, it does not include the World Golf Championships. Setanta set up the Setanta Golf channel to present its coverage.[30] On June 23, 2009, Setanta's UK arm went into administration and ceased broadcasting. Eurosport picked up the television rights for the remainder of the 2009 season.[31] Sky Sports regained the TV rights with an eight-year deal from 2010 to 2017.[32] In South Korea, SBS, which has been the tour's exclusive TV broadcaster in that country since the mid-1990s, agreed in 2009 to extend its contract with the PGA Tour through 2019. As a part of that deal, it became sponsor of the season's opening tournament, a winners-only event that was renamed the SBS Championship effective in 2010.[33] In 2011 however, Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai took over the title sponsorship, but SBS still remains a sponsor of the event.[34]

As they are not organized by the PGA Tour itself, certain events (such as the Masters Tournament and the PGA Championship (ESPN and TNT air first and second round coverage of these tournaments respectively), coverage of all four rounds of the U.S. Open are broadcast on NBC. ESPN has provided exclusive coverage of The Open Championship since 2010, taking over for its sister company, ABC. Starting in 1966, ABC had the rights to the final three majors for a quarter century; CBS took over the PGA Championship in 1991 and NBC the U.S. Open in 1995.

The fees involved were not mentioned in the press release, but it stated, "total prize money and other financial benefits to players will increase approximately $600 million over the term as compared to the previous six years, a 35-percent increase."[29]

In January 2006, the PGA Tour announced a new set of television deals covering 2007 to 2013. CBS Sports will remain the main carrier of PGA Tour events, and will increase its events from 16 to 19 per season. NBC Sports will increase its coverage from 5 to 10 events. Golf Channel (which is now operated as a division of NBC Sports since Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal in 2011) will be the Tour's cable partner on a 15-year contract, providing early round coverage of all official money events and four round coverage of a few events at the beginning and towards the end of the season.

Television and radio coverage

The PGA Tour places a strong emphasis on charity fundraising, usually on behalf of local charities in cities where events are staged. With the exception of a few older events, PGA Tour rules require all Tour events to be non-profit; the Tour itself is also a non-profit company. In 2005, it started a campaign to push its all-time fundraising tally past one billion dollars ("Drive to a Billion"), and it reached that mark one week before the end of the season. However, monies raised for charities derive from the tournaments' positive revenues (if any), and not any actual monetary donation from the PGA Tour, whose purse monies and expenses are guaranteed. The number of charities which receive benefits from PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour events is estimated at over 2,000. In 2009, the total raised for charity was some $108 million.[28]

Charity fundraising

There is also a regional tours around the world. However, the PGA Tour, European Tour, and many of the regional tours co-sponsor the World Golf Championships. These, along with the major championships, usually count toward the official money lists of each tour as well as the Official World Golf Ranking.

The LPGA Tour like all other women's sports, is limited to female participants only.

Similar to other major league sports, there is no rule that limits PGA Tour players to "men only." In 1938 Babe Zaharias became the first woman to compete in a PGA Tour event. In 1945, Zaharias became the first and only woman to make a cut in a PGA Tour event. In 2003, Annika Sörenstam and Suzy Whaley played in PGA Tour events, and Michelle Wie did so in each year from 2004 through 2008. In 2011, Isabelle Beisiegel became the first woman to earn a Tour card on a "men's" professional golf tour, the Canadian Tour, now PGA Tour Canada.[27]

Winning a PGA Tour event provides a tour card for a minimum of two years, with an extra year added for each additional win with a maximum of five years. Winning a World Golf Championships event or The Tour Championship provides a three-year exemption. Winners of the major championships and The Players Championship earn a five-year exemption. Other types of exemptions include lifetime exemptions for players with twenty wins on the tour; one-time, one year exemptions for players in the top fifty on the career money earnings list who are not otherwise exempt; two-time, one year exemptions for players in the top twenty-five on the career money list; and medical exemptions for players who have been injured, which give them an opportunity to regain their tour card after a period out of the tour. At the end of the season, the person leading the PGA Tour money list earns a five-year exemption.

At the end of each year, the top 125 in FedEx Cup points (top 125 on the money list before 2013) receive a tour card for the following season, which gives them exemption from qualifying for most of the next year's tournaments. However at some events, known as invitationals, exemptions apply only to the previous year's top 70 players. Since 2013, players who are ranked between 126–200 in FedEx Cup points (and are not already exempt by other means) are eligible for entry in the Tour Finals, where they can regain their PGA Tour privileges. Players who finish 126th-150th in the FedEx Cup but fail to regain their PGA Tour cards are given conditional PGA Tour status for the season.

Since 2013, 50 Tour golfers earn privileges during the next PGA Tour season, which now begins the month after the Tour Finals. The top 25 money winners over the regular season (i.e., before the Tour Finals) receive PGA Tour cards, as do the top 25 money winners in the Finals. The priority position of all 50 golfers on the PGA Tour is based on money earned during the Tour Finals, except that the regular season money leader shares equal status with the Finals money leader. In addition, a golfer who wins three events on that tour in a calendar year earns a "performance promotion" (informally a "battlefield promotion") which garners PGA Tour privileges for the remainder of the year plus the following full season.

  • Golfers who finish 11th through 45th (including ties) are exempt until the second "reshuffle" of the following season (first eight events).
    • On the Tour, a "reshuffle" refers to a reordering of the tour's eligibility list, which determines the players who can enter tournaments. After four tournaments, and every fourth tournament thereafter until the Tour Finals, players are re-ranked according to their tour earnings on the season. However, the ranking position of players who are exempt from a "reshuffle" does not change.
  • Those who finish 2nd through 10th (including ties) are exempt until the third reshuffle of the following season (first 12 events).
  • The medalist (top finisher) has full playing privileges for the entire regular season, which carries with it automatic entry to the Tour Finals.

The PGA Tour also conducts an annual Qualifying Tournament, known colloquially as "Q-School" and held over six rounds each fall. Before 2013, the official name of the tournament was the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament; it is now officially the Tour Qualifying Tournament. Through the 2012 edition, the top 25 finishers, including ties, received privileges to play on the following year's PGA Tour. Remaining finishers in the top 75, plus ties, received full privileges on the Tour. Since 2013, all competitors who made the final phase of Q-School earned status on the Tour at the start of the following season, with high finishers receiving additional rights as follows:[26]

  • PGA Tour, the top tour
    • Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. possession of Puerto Rico host one event each year. Note, however, that the events in Mexico and Puerto Rico are "alternate" events held opposite one of the World Golf Championships tournaments and therefore have weaker fields than a regular tour event.
  • Champions Tour, for golfers age 50 and over
    • As of 2014, two regular tournaments are held in Canada, and one of the senior majors is held in the UK.
  • Tour, a developmental tour
  • PGA Tour Latinoamérica, a third-tier developmental tour
  • PGA Tour Canada, another third-tier developmental tour
    • Historically known as the "Canadian Tour", it was taken over by the PGA Tour in November 2012.[25] The 2013 season, the first under PGA Tour operation, began with a qualifying school in California, followed by nine tournaments in Canada.
  • PGA Tour China, also a third-tier developmental tour
    • Set to launch in 2014, this effectively resurrects the former China Tour, which folded after its 2009 season.

The PGA Tour operates six tours. Three of them are primarily contested in the U.S., and the other three are international developmental tours centered on a specific country or region.

Due to the multiplicity of names, there is often confusion as to what the PGA Tour organization does and does not run. Of the events in the PGA Tour schedule, it does not run any of the four The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup events, as well as the biennial Presidents Cup. It also runs the main tournaments on five other tours: the Champions Tour, Tour, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour China, and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Tours operated by the PGA Tour

Without the tour players, the PGA of America became primarily an association of club professionals, but retained control of two significant events; the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.[3] The former was an established major championship, but the latter was an obscure match play team event which was not particularly popular with golf fans, due to predictable dominance by the United States. With the addition of players from continental Europe in 1979 and expanded television coverage, it became very competitive and evolved into the premier international team event, lately dominated by Europe. Both events are very important revenue streams for the PGA of America.

In late August 1981, the PGA Tour had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and officially changed its name to the "TPA Tour," for the "Tournament Players Association."[21][22] The disputed issues were resolved within seven months and the tour's name was changed back to the "PGA Tour" in March 1982.[23][24]

Joseph Dey, the recently retired USGA executive director, was selected by the board as the tour's first commissioner in January 1969 and agreed to a five-year contract.[17][18] He was succeeded by tour player Deane Beman in early 1974,[19] who served for twenty years. The name officially changed to the "PGA Tour" in 1975.[20] Beman was succeeded by current commissioner Tim Finchem in June 1994.

After several months,[12] a compromise was reached in December: the tour players agreed to abolish the APG and form the PGA "Tournament Players Division," a fully autonomous division under the supervision of a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.[13][14][15][16] The board consisted of four tour players, three PGA of America executives, and three outside members, initially business executives.[14][15]


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