PGA Tour

The PGA Tour (stylized in all capital letters as PGA TOUR by its officials) is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Korn Ferry 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. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization[2] headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.[3]

Originally established by the Professional Golfers' Association of America, it was spun off in December 1968 into a separate organization for tour players, as opposed to club professionals, the focal members of today's PGA of America. Originally the "Tournament Players Division", it adopted the name "PGA Tour" in 1975 and runs most of the week-to-week professional golf events on the tournament known as the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship, hosted at TPC Sawgrass; the FedEx Cup, with its finale at The Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club; and the biennial Presidents Cup. The remaining events on the PGA Tour are run by different organizations, as are the U.S.-based LPGA Tour for women and other men's and women's professional tours around the world.[4]

PGA Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 PGA Tour
PGAT master cmyk
SportGolf
FoundedDecember 2, 1929[1] (broke from PGA in 1968)
CommissionerJay Monahan (2017–present)
CountryUnited States
Most titlesUnited States Sam Snead (82)
TV partner(s)CBS Sports
NBC Sports/Golf Channel
Sky Sports (UK)
Discovery, Inc. (outside USA)
Official websitePGATour.com

History

The tour began 90 years ago in 1929 and at various times the tournament players had attempted to operate independently from the club professionals.[1][5] With an increase of revenue in the late 1960s due to expanded television coverage, a dispute arose between the touring professionals and the PGA of America on how to distribute the windfall. The tour players wanted larger purses, where the PGA desired the money to go to the general fund to help grow the game at the local level.[6][7] Following the final major in July 1968 at the PGA Championship, several leading tour pros voiced their dissatisfaction with the venue and the abundance of club pros in the field.[8] The increased friction resulted in a new entity in August, what would eventually become the PGA Tour.[9][10][11][12] Tournament players formed their own organization, American Professional Golfers, Inc. (APG), independent of the PGA of America.[13][14][15] Its headquarters were in New York City.[10]

After several months,[16] 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.[17][18][19][20] The board consisted of four tour players, three PGA of America executives, and three outside members, initially business executives.[18][19][21]

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.[22][23] He was succeeded by tour player Deane Beman in early 1974,[24] who served for twenty years. The name officially changed to the "PGA Tour" in 1975.[25] Beman was succeeded by commissioner Tim Finchem in June 1994. On January 1, 2017, Jay Monahan succeeded Finchem as commissioner.[26]

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."[27][28] The disputed issues were resolved within seven months and the tour's name was changed back to the "PGA Tour" in March 1982.[29][30]

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.[6] 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.

Tours operated by the PGA Tour

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 major championships (the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship), or the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, runs the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organizes the Ryder Cup with Ryder Cup Europe, a company controlled by the PGA European Tour. Additionally, the PGA Tour is not involved with the women's golf tours in the U.S., which are mostly controlled by the LPGA. The PGA Tour is also not the governing body for the game of golf in the United States; this, instead, is the role of the United States Golf Association (USGA), which organizes the U.S. Open. What the PGA Tour does organize are the remaining 43 (in 2009) week-to-week events, including 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: PGA Tour Champions, the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly know as Web.com Tour[31]), PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour China, and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.[32]

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.

  • PGA Tour, the top tour.
  • PGA Tour Champions, for golfers age 50 and over
    • As of 2016, one regular tournament is held in Canada, and one of the senior majors is held in the UK, the rest in the US.
  • Korn Ferry Tour, a US developmental tour.
  • PGA Tour Latinoamérica, an international developmental tour
  • PGA Tour Canada, another international developmental tour
    • Historically known as the "Canadian Tour", it was taken over by the PGA Tour in November 2012.[33] 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 an international developmental tour
    • Launched in 2014, it is independent of the former China Tour, which folded after its 2009 season.

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 Korn Ferry 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 Korn Ferry Tour. Since 2013, all competitors who made the final phase of Q-School earned status on the Korn Ferry Tour at the start of the following season, with high finishers receiving additional rights as follows:[34]

  • Golfers who finish 11th through 45th (including ties) are exempt until the second "reshuffle" of the following season (first eight events).
    • On the Korn Ferry 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 Korn Ferry 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.

Since 2013, 50 Korn Ferry 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.[35]

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 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where they can regain their PGA Tour privileges. Non-exempt 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 and are fully exempt on the Korn Ferry Tour.

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, The Tour Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, or the Memorial Tournament 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 or are going through a family crisis, which give them an opportunity to regain their tour card after a period out of the tour. In 2015, the PGA Tour added a clause which would freeze an exemption for those required to perform military service in their native countries in response to South Korea's Bae Sang-moon having to leave the Tour for that reason. At the end of the season, the person leading the FedEx Cup earns a five-year exemption.

Non-members can play their way into the PGA Tour by finishing the equivalent or better of 125th in FedEx Cup points. Those who fail but fall within the top 200 in current season points are eligible for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. During the season, non-members can earn Special Temporary Member status by exceeding the equivalent of 150th in the previous season's FedEx Cup. Special Temporary Members receive unlimited sponsor exemptions, while non-members are limited to seven per season and twelve total events.[36]

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.[37]

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

An organization called the PGA European Tour, separate from both the PGA Tour and the PGA of America, runs a tour, mostly in Europe, but with events throughout the world outside of North America, that is second only to the PGA Tour in worldwide prestige. Several other regional tours are 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.

Charity fundraising

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, PGA Tour Champions and Korn Ferry Tour events is estimated at over 2,000. In 2009, the total raised for charity was some $108 million.[38] The organization announced to have generated $180 million for charities in 2017 through the tournaments of its six tours.[39]

Media coverage

The PGA Tour's broadcast television rights are held by CBS Sports and NBC Sports, under contracts most recently renewed in 2011 to last through 2021. While it considered invoking a option to opt out of its broadcast television contracts in 2017, the PGA Tour ultimately decided against doing so. Golf Channel (which, since the acquisition of NBC Universal by Golf Channel owner Comcast, is a division of NBC Sports) has served as the pay television rightsholder of the PGA Tour since 2007, and its current contract will also expire in 2021. Under the contracts, CBS broadcasts weekend coverage for an average of 20 events per-season, and NBC broadcasts weekend coverage for an average of 10 events per-season. Golf Channel broadcasts early-round and weekend morning coverage of all events, as well as weekend coverage of events not broadcast on terrestrial television, and primetime encores of all events.[40][41][42] Tournaments typically featured in NBC's package include marquee events such as The Players Championship, the final three tournaments of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and the biennial Presidents Cup event. The 2011 contract granted more extensive digital rights, as well as the ability for NBC to broadcast supplemental coverage of events on Golf Channel during its broadcast windows.[43]

The PGA Tour operates a streaming service known as PGA Tour Live, which carries early-round coverage of events preceding Golf Channel television coverage, including featured groups. The service is offered as a subscription basis, initially using BAMTech infrastructure, but moving to NBC Sports Gold in 2019 (adding featured holes coverage during Golf Channel's windows as well). Since 2017, following a pilot at the end of the 2016 season, portions of the PGA Tour Live coverage are also carried for free via the PGA Tour's Twitter account.[44][45]

In 2005, the PGA Tour reached a deal with XM Satellite Radio to co-produce a channel, the PGA Tour Network (now Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio), featuring event coverage and talk programming. Its contract with Sirius XM was renewed through 2021.[46][47]

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.[48] 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.[49] Sky Sports regained the TV rights with an eight-year deal from 2010 to 2017.[50] 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.[51] In 2011 however, Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai took over the title sponsorship, but SBS still remains a sponsor of the event.[52]

In June 2018, it was announced that Eurosport's parent company Discovery Inc. had acquired exclusive international media rights to the PGA Tour outside of the United States, beginning 2019, under a 12-year, US$2 billion deal. The contract covers Discovery's international channels (including Eurosport), sub-licensing arrangements with local broadcasters, and development of an international PGA Tour over the top subscription service—which was unveiled in October under the brand GolfTV. The service will replace PGA Tour Live in international markets as existing rights lapse, beginning with Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and Spain in January 2019.[53][54][55] GolfTV also acquired rights to the Ryder Cup and European Tour in selected markets, and signed a deal with Tiger Woods to develop original content centered upon him.[56][57]

The structure of the PGA Tour season

Outline of the season (2007–2013)

Three of the four majors take place in eight weeks between June and August. In the past, this has threatened to make the last 2-1/2 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.

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.

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.

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.

2007 saw the introduction of a tournament in Mexico, an alternate event staged the same week as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.[58] A tournament in Puerto Rico was introduced in 2008 as an alternate event staged opposite the WGC-CA Championship.

Tournaments

The 2013 season, which was the last before the tour transitioned to a schedule spanning two calendar years, had 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).

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 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 ten available Asian players and five sponsor's exemptions, with at least one place reserved for a Malaysian player. The 2013 edition, which was part of the 2014 season, was the first as an official-money event.[59]
  • 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.[60] Starting in 2010, if the event was won by a PGA Tour member, it counted as an official win and carried the three-year exemption of the other WGCs.[61] Starting in 2013, the HSBC Champions became an official money event, and wins are official for Tour and non-Tour members alike.

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.

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.

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 worse 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. Those who do not survive the 54-hole cut are designated as MDF (made the cut, did not finish).[62] For the 2020 season, the cut line was reduced to 65 plus ties and eliminated the 54-hole cut.

In the event that the PGA Tour cannot guarantee four rounds of play, the PGA Tour can shorten an event to 54 holes. A 54-hole event is still considered official, with full points and monies awarded. Any tournament stopped before 54 holes can be completed is reverted to the 36-hole score and the win is considered unofficial.

Priority ranking system

The PGA Tour maintains a priority ranking system that is used to select the fields for most tournament on tour. Below is the 2016–17[63] ranking system, in order of priority.

  1. Winner of PGA Championship or U.S. Open prior to 1970 or in the last five seasons and the current season
  2. Winner of The Players Championship in the last five seasons and the current season
  3. Winners of the Masters Tournament in the last five seasons and the current season
  4. Winners of The Open Championship in the last five seasons and the current season
  5. Winners of the Tour Championship in the last three seasons and the current season
  6. Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three seasons and the current season
  7. Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament in the last three seasons and the current season, beginning with the 2015 winners
  8. Leader from the final FedExCup Points List in each of the last five seasons
  9. Leaders from the final PGA Tour Money List prior to 2017 for the subsequent five seasons
  10. Winners of PGA Tour co-sponsored or approved tournaments, whose victories are considered official, within the last two seasons, or during the current season; winners receive an additional season of exemption for each additional win, up to five seasons
  11. Career earnings
    A Players among the top 50 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use a one-time exemption for the next season
    B. Players among the Top 25 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use this special one-time exemption for the next season
  12. Sponsor exemptions (a maximum of eight, which may include amateurs with handicaps of 0 or less), on the following basis:
    A. Not less than two sponsor invitees shall be PGA Tour members not otherwise exempt.
    B. Not less than two of the 2016 Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour, if not all can otherwise be accommodated.
  13. Two international players designated by the Commissioner.
  14. The current PGA Club Professional Champion up to 6 open events (3 must be opposite The Open Championship and World Golf Championships events), in addition to any sponsor selections. The exemption does not apply to open, limited-field events.
  15. PGA Section Champion or Player of the Year of the Section in which the tournament is played.
  16. Four low scorers at Open Qualifying which shall normally be held on Monday of tournament week.
  17. Past champions of the particular event being contested that week, if cosponsored by the PGA Tour and the same tournament sponsor, as follows:
    A. Winners prior to July 28, 1970: unlimited exemptions for such events.
    B. Winners after Jan. 1, 2000: five seasons of exemptions for such events.
  18. Life Members (who have been active members of the PGA Tour for 15 years and have won at least 20 co-sponsored events).
  19. Top 125 on the previous season’s FedExCup points list.
  20. Top 125 on previous season’s Official Money List through the Wyndham Championship
  21. Players who finished greater than or equal to top 125 on the 2015-16 PGA Tour Official Season FedExCup Points List or top 125 on the 2015-16 Official Season Money List through the Wyndham Championship as non-members
  22. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension
  23. Leading Money Winner from the previous season’s Top 25 regular season players using combined money earned on the Official Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List and Web.com Tour Finals Money List, Leading Money Winner from the previous season’s Web.com Tour Finals and Three-Time Winners from previous season Web.com Tour.
  24. Leading money winner from Web.com Tour medical
  25. Top 10 and ties, not otherwise exempt, among professionals from the previous open tournament whose victory has official status are exempt into the next open tournament whose victory has official status.
  26. Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour
  27. Top Finishers from the Web.com Tour medical
  28. Players winning three Web.com Tour events in the current season
  29. Minor medical extension
  30. Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior season’s FedExCup Points List (126-150)
  31. Nonexempt, major medical/family crisis
  32. Reorder Categories 33-37
  33. Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members Beyond 150 on the FedExCup Points List
  34. Past Champion Members
  35. Special Temporary Members
  36. Team Tournament Winners
  37. Veteran Members

Some tournaments deviate from this system; for example, the Phoenix Open has only five sponsor exemptions and three Monday qualifying spots, while invitational tournaments such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament, and Dean & DeLuca Invitational have completely different eligibility categories.

Event categories

  • 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.
  • Unique: Two tournaments rate as unique, for different reasons:
    • The Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of the calendar year, 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.
    • 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. It is the designated OWGR flagship event for the PGA Tour and awards 80 OWGR points to its winner. Only major championships can be awarded more OWGR points. 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.
PGA Tour's FedEx Cup new
The FedEx Cup, presented to the winner of the season-ending playoffs.
  • Playoff event: The final three events of the season (four from 2007 to 2018). The top 125 players on the points list are eligible for the first event and the field size decreases to The Tour Championship with 30 players.
Ryder Cup at the 2008 PGA Golf Show new
The Ryder Cup, contested in even-numbered years between teams from Europe and the United States.
  • 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:
    • Its position in the schedule, which influences the number of leading players that choose to enter.
    • Its age and the distinction of its past champions.
    • The repute of the course on which it is played.
    • Any associations with "legends of golf." Six events in particular have such associations (four of these are invitational events):
  • Invitational: These events are similar to the regular ones, but have a slightly smaller field and do not follow the normal PGA Tour exemption categories. Invitational tournaments include the Charles Schwab Challenge, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Memorial Tournament. The tournaments usually have an association with a golf legend, or in the case of the RBC Heritage, a famous course. The table below illustrates some of the notable features of the exemption categories for these events:[64]
Tournament Field
size
Exemptions based on
FedEx Cup standings
Sponsor
exemptions
Method of filling field
Previous year Current
Arnold Palmer Invitational 120 Top 70 Top 70 18 Current FedEx Cup standings
RBC Heritage 132 Top 125 Top 10 8 Standard exemption categories
Charles Schwab Challenge 120+ Top 80 Top 80 12 Current FedEx Cup standings
Memorial Tournament 120 Top 70 Top 70 14 Alternating current and previous year's
FedEx Cup standings
  • Alternate: Events which are played in the same week as a higher status tournament (either a WGC or the Open Championship) 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, positions on the FedEx Cup points list, or position on the Tour's priority list to move up more easily or have an easier attempt at a two-year exemption for winning a tournament. Because of their weaker fields, these events usually receive the minimum amount of world ranking points reserved for PGA Tour events (24 points) and fewer FedEx Cup points than most tournaments (300 points instead of 500). Alternate event winners also do not earn Masters invitations. Fields for alternate events have 132 players. These events have 12 unrestricted sponsor exemptions, four more than the regular events.
  • Fall Series (defunct): Prior to the 2013 season, the PGA Tour included a fall series consisting of those events after the final playoff event of the FedEx Cup season (The Tour Championship) through the end of the calendar year. These events provided extra opportunities for players to retain their cards by finishing within the top 125 of the money list. Since fall 2013 (the 2014 season), the events held in the fall have opened the tour season, and receive full FedEx Cup points allocations and Masters invitations.

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 have included 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 commonly as the "Silly Season."

Changes since the 2013 season

On March 20, 2012, the tour announced radical changes to the tour's season and qualifying process.[65][66] Further details of these changes relating to the Fall Series were announced on June 26,[67] with the remaining details announced on July 10.[68] One of the final details received a minor tweak, effective for the 2013 season only, on September 11.[69]

First, the 2013 season was the last to be conducted entirely within a calendar year. Since the 2014 season, the season starts in October of the previous calendar year, shortly after the Tour Championship.[68] The tournaments in the now season-opening Fall Series are awarded full FedEx Cup points.[67]

As a result of the schedule change, the qualifying school no longer grants playing rights on the PGA Tour, but only privileges on the Korn Ferry Tour.[68]

The criterion for retaining tour cards at the end of the season also changed. Through 2012, the top 125 players on the money list at the end of the PGA Tour season retained 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 retained their cards.[69] 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.[69] Otherwise, the planned move by the tour to have the top 125 players on the FedEx Cup points list retain their tour cards took effect with the 2014 season. The next 75 players on the points list, along with the top 75 on the money list of the Korn Ferry Tour at the end of that tour's regular season, are eligible to play a series of three tournaments in September known as the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. The Finals field, however, is not expected to consist of all 150 players, as some of the PGA Tour players will be exempt by other criteria, such as a tournament win in the previous two years.[70] A total of 50 PGA Tour cards for the next season is awarded at the end of the Finals. The 25 leading money winners during the Korn Ferry Tour regular season receive cards, and total money earned during the Finals determines the remaining 25 card earners.[71] For all 50 new card earners, their positions on the PGA Tour's priority order for purposes of tournament are be based on money earned in the Finals.[68] College players who turn professional can enter the series if their earnings are equivalent to a top-200 PGA Tour or top-75 Korn Ferry Tour finish.

In addition, the leading money winners on the Korn Ferry Tour in both the regular season and Finals receive automatic invitations to The Players Championship (note that if a golfer tops both money lists, only one Players invitation is awarded).[71]

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 – became 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.

Money winners and most wins leaders

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

Year Money winner Earnings ($) Most wins
2018 United States Justin Thomas (2/2) 8,694,821 3: Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson
2017 United States Justin Thomas (1/2) 9,921,560 5: Justin Thomas
2016 United States Dustin Johnson 9,365,185 3: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson
2015 United States Jordan Spieth 12,030,465 5: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth
2014 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2/2) 8,280,096 3: Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker
2013 United States Tiger Woods (10/10) 8,553,439 5: Tiger Woods
2012 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (1/2) 8,047,952 4: Rory McIlroy
2011 England Luke Donald 6,683,214 2: Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker,
Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Mark Wilson
2010 United States Matt Kuchar 4,910,477 3: Jim Furyk
2009 United States Tiger Woods (9/10) 10,508,163 6: Tiger Woods
2008 Fiji Vijay Singh (3/3) 6,601,094 4: Tiger Woods
2007 United States Tiger Woods (8/10) 10,867,052 7: Tiger Woods
2006 United States Tiger Woods (7/10) 9,941,563 8: Tiger Woods
2005 United States Tiger Woods (6/10) 10,628,024 6: Tiger Woods
2004 Fiji Vijay Singh (2/3) 10,905,166 9: Vijay Singh
2003 Fiji Vijay Singh (1/3) 7,573,907 5: Tiger Woods
2002 United States Tiger Woods (5/10) 6,912,625 5: Tiger Woods
2001 United States Tiger Woods (4/10) 5,687,777 5: Tiger Woods
2000 United States Tiger Woods (3/10) 9,188,321 9: Tiger Woods
1999 United States Tiger Woods (2/10) 6,616,585 8: Tiger Woods
1998 United States David Duval 2,591,031 4: David Duval
1997 United States Tiger Woods (1/10) 2,066,833 4: Tiger Woods
1996 United States Tom Lehman 1,780,159 4: Phil Mickelson
1995 Australia Greg Norman (3/3) 1,654,959 3: Lee Janzen, Greg Norman
1994 Zimbabwe Nick Price (2/2) 1,499,927 6: Nick Price
1993 Zimbabwe Nick Price (1/2) 1,478,557 4: Nick Price
1992 United States Fred Couples 1,344,188 3: John Cook; Fred Couples; Davis Love III
1991 United States Corey Pavin 979,430 2: Billy Andrade, Mark Brooks, Fred Couples, Andrew Magee,
Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Tom Purtzer, Ian Woosnam
1990 Australia Greg Norman (2/3) 1,165,477 4: Wayne Levi
1989 United States Tom Kite (2/2) 1,395,278 3: Tom Kite; Steve Jones
1988 United States Curtis Strange (3/3) 1,147,644 4: Curtis Strange
1987 United States Curtis Strange (2/3) 925,941 3: Paul Azinger; Curtis Strange
1986 Australia Greg Norman (1/3) 653,296 4: Bob Tway
1985 United States Curtis Strange (1/3) 542,321 3: Curtis Strange; Lanny Wadkins
1984 United States Tom Watson (5/5) 476,260 3: Tom Watson; Denis Watson
1983 United States Hal Sutton 426,668 2: Seve Ballesteros, Jim Colbert, Mark McCumber, Gil Morgan,
Calvin Peete, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins, Fuzzy Zoeller
1982 United States Craig Stadler 446,462 4: Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Calvin Peete
1981 United States Tom Kite (1/2) 375,699 4: Bill Rogers
1980 United States Tom Watson (4/5) 530,808 7: Tom Watson
1979 United States Tom Watson (3/5) 462,636 5: Tom Watson
1978 United States Tom Watson (2/5) 362,429 5: Tom Watson
1977 United States Tom Watson (1/5) 310,653 5: Tom Watson
1976 United States Jack Nicklaus (8/8) 266,439 3: Ben Crenshaw, Hubert Green
1975 United States Jack Nicklaus (7/8) 298,149 5: Jack Nicklaus
1974 United States Johnny Miller 353,022 8: Johnny Miller
1973 United States Jack Nicklaus (6/8) 308,362 7: Jack Nicklaus
1972 United States Jack Nicklaus (5/8) 320,542 7: Jack Nicklaus
1971 United States Jack Nicklaus (4/8) 244,491 6: Lee Trevino
1970 United States Lee Trevino 157,037 4: Billy Casper
1969 United States Frank Beard 164,707 3: Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Dave Hill, Jack Nicklaus
1968 United States Billy Casper (2/2) 205,169 6: Billy Casper
1967 United States Jack Nicklaus (3/8) 188,998 5: Jack Nicklaus
1966 United States Billy Casper (1/2) 121,945 4: Billy Casper
1965 United States Jack Nicklaus (2/8) 140,752 5: Jack Nicklaus
1964 United States Jack Nicklaus (1/8) 113,285 5: Tony Lema
1963 United States Arnold Palmer (4/4) 128,230 7: Arnold Palmer
1962 United States Arnold Palmer (3/4) 81,448 8: Arnold Palmer
1961 South Africa Gary Player 64,540 6: Arnold Palmer
1960 United States Arnold Palmer (2/4) 75,263 8: Arnold Palmer
1959 United States Art Wall, Jr. 53,168 5: Gene Littler
1958 United States Arnold Palmer (1/4) 42,608 4: Ken Venturi
1957 United States Dick Mayer 65,835 4: Arnold Palmer
1956 United States Ted Kroll 72,836 4: Mike Souchak
1955 United States Julius Boros (2/2) 63,122 6: Cary Middlecoff
1954 United States Bob Toski 65,820 4: Bob Toski
1953 United States Lew Worsham 34,002 5: Ben Hogan
1952 United States Julius Boros (1/2) 37,033 5: Jack Burke, Jr., Sam Snead
1951 United States Lloyd Mangrum 26,089 6: Cary Middlecoff
1950 United States Sam Snead (3/3) 35,759 11: Sam Snead
1949 United States Sam Snead (2/3) 31,594 7: Cary Middlecoff
1948 United States Ben Hogan (5/5) 32,112 10: Ben Hogan
1947 United States Jimmy Demaret 27,937 7: Ben Hogan
1946 United States Ben Hogan (4/5) 42,556 13: Ben Hogan
1945 United States Byron Nelson (2/2) 63,336 18: Byron Nelson
1944 United States Byron Nelson (1/2) 37,968 8: Byron Nelson
1943 No records kept 1: Sam Byrd, Harold McSpaden, Steve Warga
1942 United States Ben Hogan (3/5) 13,143 6: Ben Hogan
1941 United States Ben Hogan (2/5) 18,358 7: Sam Snead
1940 United States Ben Hogan (1/5) 10,655 6: Jimmy Demaret
1939 United States Henry Picard 10,303 8: Henry Picard
1938 United States Sam Snead (1/3) 19,534 8: Sam Snead
1937 United States Harry Cooper 14,139 8: Harry Cooper
1936 United States Horton Smith 7,682 3: Ralph Guldahl, Jimmy Hines, Henry Picard
1935 United States Johnny Revolta 9,543 5: Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta
1934 United States 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: Pat Doyle, Walter Hagen, Jock Hutchison
1917 2: Jim Barnes, Mike Brady
1916 3: Jim Barnes

Multiple money list titles

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2018:

Player and rookie of the year awards

PGA Tour players compete for two player of the year awards. The PGA Player of the Year award dates back to 1948 (originally named the PGA Golfer of the Year) 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,[72] 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 2018.

The Rookie of the Year award was also introduced in 1990.[73] Players are eligible in their first season of PGA Tour membership if they competed in less than seven events from any prior season. 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.[74]

Year PGA Player of the Year PGA Tour Player of the Year PGA Tour Rookie of the Year PGA Tour Courage Award
2018 United States Brooks Koepka United States Brooks Koepka United States Aaron Wise None
2017 United States Justin Thomas United States Justin Thomas United States Xander Schauffele United States Gene Sauers
2016 United States Dustin Johnson United States Dustin Johnson Argentina Emiliano Grillo None
2015 United States Jordan Spieth[75] United States Jordan Spieth United States Daniel Berger Australia Jarrod Lyle
2014 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2) Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2) United States Chesson Hadley None
2013 United States Tiger Woods (11) United States Tiger Woods (11) United States Jordan Spieth United States Erik Compton
2012 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy United States John Huh None
2011 England Luke Donald England Luke Donald United States Keegan Bradley None[76]
Year PGA Player of the Year PGA Tour Player of the Year PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Comeback Player of the Year
2010 United States Jim Furyk United States Jim Furyk United States Rickie Fowler Australia Stuart Appleby
2009 United States Tiger Woods (10) United States Tiger Woods (10) Australia Marc Leishman None[77]
2008 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Argentina Andrés Romero United States Dudley Hart
2007 United States Tiger Woods (9) United States Tiger Woods (9) United States Brandt Snedeker United States Steve Stricker (2)
2006 United States Tiger Woods (8) United States Tiger Woods (8) South Africa Trevor Immelman United States Steve Stricker
2005 United States Tiger Woods (7) United States Tiger Woods (7) United States Sean O'Hair United States Olin Browne
2004 Fiji Vijay Singh Fiji Vijay Singh United States Todd Hamilton United States John Daly
2003 United States Tiger Woods (6) United States Tiger Woods (6) United States Ben Curtis United States Peter Jacobsen
2002 United States Tiger Woods (5) United States Tiger Woods (5) United States Jonathan Byrd United States Gene Sauers
2001 United States Tiger Woods (4) United States Tiger Woods (4) United States Charles Howell III United States Joe Durant
2000 United States Tiger Woods (3) United States Tiger Woods (3) United States Michael Clark II United States Paul Azinger
1999 United States Tiger Woods (2) United States Tiger Woods (2) Paraguay Carlos Franco United States Steve Pate
1998 United States Mark O'Meara United States Mark O'Meara United States Steve Flesch United States Scott Verplank
1997 United States Tiger Woods United States Tiger Woods United States Stewart Cink United States Bill Glasson
1996 United States Tom Lehman United States Tom Lehman United States Tiger Woods United States Steve Jones
1995 Australia Greg Norman Australia Greg Norman United States Woody Austin United States Bob Tway
1994 Zimbabwe Nick Price (2) Zimbabwe Nick Price (2) South Africa Ernie Els United States Hal Sutton
1993 Zimbabwe Nick Price Zimbabwe Nick Price Fiji Vijay Singh United States Howard Twitty
1992 United States Fred Couples United States Fred Couples (2) United States Mark Carnevale United States John Cook
1991 United States Corey Pavin United States Fred Couples United States John Daly United States Bruce Fleisher, United States D. A. Weibring
1990 England Nick Faldo United States Wayne Levi United States Robert Gamez -
Year PGA Player of the Year
1989 United States Tom Kite
1988 United States Curtis Strange
1987 United States Paul Azinger
1986 United States Bob Tway
1985 United States Lanny Wadkins
1984 United States Tom Watson (6)
1983 United States Hal Sutton
1982 United States Tom Watson (5)
1981 United States Bill Rogers
1980 United States Tom Watson (4)
1979 United States Tom Watson (3)
1978 United States Tom Watson (2)
1977 United States Tom Watson
1976 United States Jack Nicklaus (5)
1975 United States Jack Nicklaus (4)
1974 United States Johnny Miller
1973 United States Jack Nicklaus (3)
1972 United States Jack Nicklaus (2)
1971 United States Lee Trevino
1970 United States Billy Casper (2)
1969 United States Orville Moody
1968 No award (see note below table)
1967 United States Jack Nicklaus
1966 United States Billy Casper
1965 United States Dave Marr
1964 United States Ken Venturi
1963 United States Julius Boros (2)
1962 United States Arnold Palmer (2)
1961 United States Jerry Barber
1960 United States Arnold Palmer
1959 United States Art Wall, Jr.
1958 United States Dow Finsterwald
1957 United States Dick Mayer
1956 United States Jack Burke, Jr.
1955 United States Doug Ford
1954 United States Ed Furgol
1953 United States Ben Hogan (4)
1952 United States Julius Boros
1951 United States Ben Hogan (3)
1950 United States Ben Hogan (2)
1949 United States Sam Snead
1948 United States Ben Hogan

Note: No award was presented in 1968 due to the rift between the PGA of America and the professional golfers on the PGA tour.

Multiple Player of the Year Awards

The following players have won more than one PGA Player of the Year Award through 2018:

The following players have won more than one PGA Tour Player of the Year Award through 2018 (first awarded in 1990):

Career money leaders

The top ten career money leaders on the tour as of May 1, 2019, are as follows:

Rank Player Country Prize money (US$)
1 Tiger Woods  United States 118,309,570
2 Phil Mickelson  United States 90,467,104
3 Vijay Singh  Fiji 71,216,128
4 Jim Furyk  United States 70,588,191
5 Dustin Johnson  United States 60,193,428
6 Justin Rose  England 51,559,829
7 Adam Scott  Australia 50,852,852
8 Sergio García  Spain 49,442,230
9 Ernie Els  South Africa 49,264,449
10 Matt Kuchar  United States 49,102,921

A complete list updated weekly is available on the PGA Tour's website.[78]

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 PGA Tour Champions (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, and Love has won a tournament on the main PGA Tour since turning 50. 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.

Commissioners

No. Name Service Years
1 Joe Dey 1969−1974 5
2 Deane Beman 1974−1994 20
3 Tim Finchem 1994−2016 22
4 Jay Monahan 2017−  

See also

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Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka (, born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. In October 2018, he became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup. He won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, becoming the first golfer in history to hold back-to-back titles in two majors simultaneously. He started his career on the European Challenge Tour and eventually the European Tour. He played college golf at Florida State University.

Koepka claimed his first major championship at the U.S. Open in 2017 at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. He successfully defended his title in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, the first golfer to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, shooting a major-championship-record-tying 264 over 72 holes. His 2018 victories in the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship were the first instance of that double since Tiger Woods in 2000. He won his fourth major at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Hunter Johnson (born June 22, 1984) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He first became the world number 1-ranked golfer in February 2017 and remained there for 64 consecutive weeks, the 5th longest run as number 1.

Johnson won the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club with a 4-under-par score of 276 for his first major championship. He had previously finished in a tie for second at both the 2011 Open Championship and the 2015 U.S. Open. He also has six World Golf Championships victories, with only Tiger Woods having won more, and he is the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championship events. He is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, having been ranked in the top five annually from 2008 and leading in 2015. By virtue of his 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship win, Johnson became only the third player in Tour history to win a Tour title in each of his first 12 seasons, joining Jack Nicklaus (17) and Tiger Woods (14).

Jack Nicklaus

Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed The Golden Bear, is an American retired professional golfer. Many believe him to be the greatest golfer of all time. Over a quarter-century, he won a record 18 major championships, three more than Tiger Woods. Nicklaus focused on the major championships—Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship—and played a selective schedule of regular PGA Tour events. He competed in 164 major tournaments, more than any other player, and finished with 73 PGA Tour victories, more than anyone except Sam Snead (82) and Woods (81).

Nicklaus won the U.S. Amateur in 1959 and 1961 and finished second in the 1960 U.S. Open, two shots behind Arnold Palmer. Nicklaus turned professional at age 21 toward the end of 1961. He earned his first professional victory at the 1962 U.S. Open, defeating Palmer by three shots in a next-day 18-hole playoff and launching a rivalry between golf superstars. In 1966, Nicklaus became the first player to win the Masters Tournament two years running; he also won The Open Championship, becoming at age 26 the youngest player to win all four golf majors. He won another Open Championship in 1970.Between 1971 and 1980, he won nine more major championships, overtook Bobby Jones' record of 13 majors, and became the first player to complete double and triple career grand slams. He won the 1986 Masters, his 18th and final major championship at age 46, the tournament's oldest winner. Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the PGA Tour Champions) when he became eligible in January 1990, and by April 1996 had won 10 tournaments, including eight major championships despite playing a very limited schedule. He continued to play at least some of the four regular Tour majors until 2005, when he made his final appearances at the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship.

Today Nicklaus heads one of the world's largest golf course design companies. Among his courses is Harbour Town Golf Links. He is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Nicklaus runs an event on the PGA Tour, the Memorial Tournament.

Nicklaus' books vary from instructional to autobiographical, with his Golf My Way considered one of the best instructional golf books of all time; the video of the same name is the best-selling golf instructional to date.

Jim Furyk

James Michael Furyk (born May 12, 1970) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2010, he was the FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has won one major championship, the 2003 U.S. Open. Furyk holds the record for the lowest score in PGA Tour history with a 58 which he shot during the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship.

In September 2006 he reached a career high of second in the Official World Golf Ranking. He ranked in the top-10 for over 440 weeks between 1999 and 2016.

John Daly (golfer)

John Patrick Daly (born April 28, 1966) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour.Daly is known primarily for his driving distance off the tee (earning him the nickname "Long John"), his non-country club appearance and attitude, his exceptionally long backswing, the inconsistency of his play (with some exceptional performances and some controversial incidents), and his personal life. His two greatest on-course accomplishments are his "zero to hero" victory in the 1991 PGA Championship, and his playoff victory over Costantino Rocca in the 1995 Open Championship.

In addition to his wins on U.S. soil, Daly has won accredited pro events in South Africa, Swaziland, Scotland, Germany, South Korea, Turkey, and Canada.

According to official performance statistics kept since 1980, Daly in 1997 became the first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season. He did so again in every year from 1999 to 2008, and he was the only player to do so until 2003.Daly's last PGA Tour victory came in San Diego in 2004, earning him a two-year playing exemption. After 2006, Daly's career began to falter and he had trouble making cuts and staying on the tour. He was primarily earning PGA Tour event entries through past champion status and numerous sponsor invitations.

Daly is the only man from either Europe or the United States to win two major golf championships but not be selected for the Ryder Cup, since that event began in 1927.

Daly has been successful in multiple businesses. He is endorsed by LoudMouth Golf Apparel and owns a golf course design company. In addition, Daly has written and recorded music, and has released two music albums.

John Deere Classic

The John Deere Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It is played annually in July, the week before the British Open, at TPC Deere Run in the Quad Cities community of Silvis, Illinois.

The tournament began as the Quad Cities Open in 1971 and was a "satellite event" on the PGA Tour. It became an official tour event in 1972. Ed McMahon served as tournament host from 1975 to 1979. Title sponsors have included Miller Brewing Company (1982–85), Hardee's (1986–94) and John Deere (since 1999).

From the event's inception in 1971 through 1974, it was played at Crow Valley Country Club in Davenport, Iowa. It then moved to Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, Illinois from 1975 to 1999. Beginning in 2000, the event has been at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis.In 2005 and 2006, the tournament generated more media coverage because of the sponsor's exemptions given to teenager Michelle Wie. In 2005, the tournament's storyline also revolved around Sean O'Hair, whose win qualified him to play in The Open the following week and was a significant part of his PGA Tour Rookie of the Year season. The 2013 edition saw Jordan Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.Since the introduction of the Open Qualifying Series, the John Deere Classic is a final chance for a player not already exempt to earn entry into The Open if he finished in the top five. In order to help attract players who will compete in the following week's Open Championship, since 2008 the John Deere Classic has sponsored a charter flight that leaves the Quad Cities on Sunday night and arrives in Britain the next morning.

Justin Thomas (golfer)

Justin Louis Thomas (born April 29, 1993) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and a former World Number One. In 2017, Thomas experienced a breakout year, winning five PGA Tour events, including the PGA Championship, his maiden major championship, and also winning the FedEx Cup championship. In May 2018, Thomas became the 21st player to top the Official World Golf Ranking.

Korn Ferry Tour

The Korn Ferry Tour is the developmental tour for the U.S.-based PGA Tour, and features professional golfers who have either not yet reached the PGA Tour, or who have done so but then failed to win enough FedEx Cup points to stay at that level. Those who are on the top 25 of the money list at year's end are given PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Since the 2013 season, the Korn Ferry Tour has been the primary pathway for those seeking to earn their PGA Tour card. Q-School, which had previously been the primary route for qualification to the PGA Tour, has been converted as an entryway to the Korn Ferry Tour.

List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins

This is a list of golfers who have won five or more official (or later deemed as historically significant) money events on the PGA Tour. It is led by Sam Snead credited with 82 (awarded 94 18-karat-gold medallions, for victories in PGA of America sanctioned events – all prior to the start of the PGA Tour as a separate entity in 1968), Tiger Woods with 81 and Jack Nicklaus with 73.

Many players won important events early in the 20th century, well before a PGA Tour was officially established. The significance of many of these events was retrospectively established by golf historians, working together with PGA Tour staff, in the 1980s, during the course of a major statistical research project.The column for Major refers to so-called "Professional Majors". The U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur were also considered to be majors for much of their history, but these championships are not considered here. Players under 50 years of age are shown in bold. During the last 30 years, only three players have won PGA Tour events after their 50th birthday. A golfer becomes eligible to compete on PGA Tour Champions, against other older players, at that age. Craig Stadler won in 2003 at age 50, Fred Funk won in 2007 at age 50, and Davis Love III won in 2015 at age 51. Sam Snead is the oldest to win a PGA event, at age 52, in 1965. Others who have won PGA Tour events past age 50 include Jim Barnes, John Barnum, and Art Wall Jr. The rarity of golfers winning a non-senior event at that age is not restricted to the PGA Tour; Miguel Ángel Jiménez is the only golfer to win a European Tour event after turning 50, doing so in 2014.

Accumulating 20 wins is significant, because it is one of the requirements for "life membership" on the PGA Tour. This means that the golfer does not need to requalify for membership on the tour each year by finishing in the top 125 on the money list (starting in 2013, top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list), or through an exemption for tournament victories. Many golfers struggle to do this through their 40s, and go through a hiatus in their career before they qualify for PGA Tour Champions, but those with 20 wins avoid this problem. However, life members are required to maintain a certain (relatively modest) standard of play to retain their playing privileges: when they can no longer do so, they are moved into the "Past champions" membership category, effectively becoming honorary members.

Some of the players on this list have won numerous events on other tours, in particular many of the non-Americans. Seve Ballesteros, for example, is shown with only nine PGA Tour wins, but five of them majors. He won an additional 45 European Tour events. A substantial number of players born from approximately 1930 to 1965 have won many PGA Tour Champions events, with some having significantly more wins on the senior circuit than on the regular PGA Tour (notably Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan).

The PGA Tour recognized The Open Championship as an official tour event in 1995. In 2002, it decided to classify Open Championship victories before 1995 as PGA Tour wins, and the victory tallies in the table reflect this amendment. Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are indicated by H.

Players with the same number of wins are listed alphabetically. The list is complete as of August 18, 2019.

^ Harry Cooper was born in England, but grew up in Dallas, Texas, and became a U.S. citizen before starting his professional career. However, he was not allowed to compete for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. U.S. citizens born outside the country, even if they were born with only U.S. citizenship, were not eligible to represent the U.S. in the Ryder Cup until 2002. Even today, those who naturalize after age 18 are ineligible for Team USA.

^ Jim Barnes was born in England, but became a U.S. citizen soon after moving to the United States in 1906.

Matt Kuchar

Matthew Gregory Kuchar (born June 21, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and formerly the Nationwide Tour. He has won nine times on the PGA Tour.

Kuchar briefly enjoyed success in the early 2000s before suffering a slump where he struggled to maintain his playing status on the PGA Tour. He rejuvenated himself and built a new, one-plane swing from 2008 onward leading to improved results. Kuchar was the PGA Tour's leading money winner in 2010.

Kuchar won The Players Championship in 2012, the flagship event of the PGA Tour, his biggest tournament victory to date. As a result, he moved to a career high number five in the world rankings and has spent over 40 weeks ranked inside its top-10. In February 2013, Kuchar won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kuchar won the first Olympic bronze medal awarded for golf since the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Kuchar ended the 2018–19 season as the highest-earning PGA Tour player without a major championship win, with career earnings of over $49.9 million. The closest he has come was his second place finish in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

PGA European Tour

The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men's professional golf tours in Europe: the elite European Tour, the European Senior Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers' Association, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984. Most events on the PGA European Tour's three tours are held in Europe, but in recent years an increasing number have been held in other parts of the world outside Europe; in 2015 a majority of the ranking events on the European Tour were held outside Europe, though this included both Majors and World Golf Championship events that are ranking events for multiple tours.

The PGA European Tour is a golfer-controlled organisation whose primary purpose is to maximise the income of tournament golfers. It is a company limited by guarantee and is run by a professional staff but controlled by its playing members via a board of directors composed of 12 elected past and present tour players and a tournament committee of 14 current players. The chairman of the board is David Williams who replaced Neil Coles who had held the post for 38 years. The chairman of the tournament committee is Thomas Bjørn.

The European-based events on the European Tour are nearly all played in Western Europe and the most lucrative of them take place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain.

The PGA European Tour is the lead partner in Ryder Cup Europe, a joint venture also including the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and PGA of Europe that operates the Ryder Cup Matches in cooperation with the PGA of America. The PGA European Tour has a 60% interest in Ryder Cup Europe, with each of its junior partners holding 20%.

PGA Tour (video game series)

PGA Tour is a series of golf video games developed and published by Electronic Arts and later their EA Sports sub-label since 1990, the series primarily features courses featured on the U.S. PGA Tour, and other notable courses (such as those that have hosted majors).

In 1998, EA began publishing their golf games with the endorsement of Tiger Woods. Following the Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf release, subsequent titles were named Tiger Woods PGA Tour and released yearly.

Although EA Sports developed most games in the series internally, some SKUs have come from outside developers including the first edition, Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf, which Adrenalin Entertainment developed in conjunction with EA for the PlayStation and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 for the PlayStation, which was developed by Stormfront Studios. IOMO also produced versions of the game for mobile phones for the 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions.

In October 2013, EA announced that it would end its relationship with Woods and replace him with another golfer for the next installment. On March 16, 2015, it was announced that Rory McIlroy, then top golfer in the world, would become the new title athlete of the franchise, which will now be known as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.The series was responsible for several innovations in the genre, such as the now standard three-click swing method. In 1995 a critic stated in GamePro that "The PGA series flies high above the rest for two reasons: You can completely control a shot, and you play on the best courses around." However, unlike other games in the EA Sports label, the series was often shadowed by other competitors such as the Jack Nicklaus series, Links series, Microsoft Golf or The Golf Pro.

PGA Tour has brought in almost $771 million since it began in 1999.

PGA Tour Champions

PGA Tour Champions (formerly the Senior PGA Tour and the Champions Tour) is a men's professional senior golf tour, administered as a branch of the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour of Australasia

The PGA Tour of Australasia, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, is a professional golf tour for men. Official events on the tour count for World Golf Ranking points. The tour was formed in 1973 as the PGA Tour of Australia and adopted its current name in 1991.

Most of the leading players on the tour are Australian, with a smaller domestic contingent from New Zealand, but players from many other countries all over the world also participate. The very best Australasian players devote most of their time to the PGA Tour or the European Tour, typically returning home for two or three events each year or even not at all. Therefore, the Australasian Tour is a feeder for the larger tours. Some of the leading events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour to encourage higher ranked players to enter and to attract more sponsorship. Players with a background on the tour who have reached the world top 20 since the turn of the Millennium include Steve Elkington and Adam Scott. The leading tournaments on the tour include the Australian Open, the Australian PGA Championship, the Australian Masters and the New Zealand Open.

In November 2005 it was reported by the BBC that the tour was going through difficult times, with the schedule for the 2005/06 summer season reduced to six events, three of them co-sponsored by other tours. The Heineken Classic, which was the richest event in Australasia in 2005, was cancelled in 2006 due to the withdrawal of the sponsor. One factor in the tour's problems is the rise of the nearby Asian Tour. Tour chairman Wayne Grady, and player Mark Hensby both accused Australia's biggest golf icon Greg Norman, who is a US resident, of not doing enough to support the tour. Norman dismissed their comments.To earn a PGA Tour of Australasia card, one must place in the top 40 of the tour's qualifying school. To retain a Tour card, a golfer must finish in the top 60 of the Order of Merit. Golfers ranked 61st–75th are given conditional status and those ranked 61st to 100th are given entry to the final stage of Q School. Those outside the top 100 lose their Tour cards unless exempt by other means, such as top twenty on the career money list.

A win earns a two-year exemption for most events. Events considered Tier 1 are given three-year exemptions. Five-year exemptions are given to Order of Merit winners and the tour's three largest events (Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open, and Australian Masters). Entry to The Open Championship is given to the Order of Merit winner and the top three non-exempt players from the Australian Open.

Rickie Fowler

Rick Yutaka Fowler (born December 13, 1988) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 37 weeks in 2007 and 2008. On January 24, 2016 he reached a career high fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Steve Stricker

Steven Charles Stricker (born February 23, 1967) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions. He has twelve victories on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Match Play title in 2001 and two FedEx Cup playoff events. His most successful season on tour came at age 42 in 2009, with three victories and a runner-up finish on the money list. Stricker spent over 250 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, reaching a career-high world ranking of No. 2 in September 2009. Stricker will serve as U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2020 matches, set for Whistling Straits in his home state of Wisconsin.

Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer. He ranks second all-time in both men's major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous golf records. Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, and as one of the most famous athletes of all time.

Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur golf career, Woods turned professional in 1996 at the age of 20. By the end of April 1997, he had won three PGA Tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters, which he won by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, Woods was the dominant force in golf; he was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 weeks) and again from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 weeks). During this time, he won 13 of golf's major championships.

The next decade of Woods' career was marked by comebacks from personal problems and injuries. He took a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf from December 2009 to early April 2010 in an attempt to resolve marital issues with his then-wife, Elin. Extramarital affairs involving Woods were alleged by several women through the media, and the couple eventually divorced. Woods fell to number 58 in the world rankings in November 2011 before ascending to the No.1 ranking between March 2013 and May 2014. However, injuries led him to undergo four back surgeries between 2014 and 2017. Woods competed in only one tournament between August 2015 and January 2018, and he dropped off the list of the world's top 1,000 golfers. On his return to regular competition, Woods made steady progress to the top of the game, winning his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.

Woods has broken numerous golf records. He has been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times and has won the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times. Woods has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 15 professional major golf championships (trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who leads with 18) and 81 PGA Tour events (second all time behind Sam Snead, who won 82). Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and is only the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships. In May 2019, Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is the fourth golfer to receive the honor.

Tom Lehman

Thomas Edward Lehman (born March 7, 1959) is an American professional golfer. A former number 1 ranked golfer, his tournament wins include one major title, the 1996 Open Championship; and he is the only golfer in history to have been awarded the Player of the Year honor on all three PGA Tours: the regular PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.

Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh, CF (Fiji Hindi: विजय सिंह pronounced [ˈʋɪdʒəj sɪ̃ɦ]; born 22 February 1963), nicknamed "The Big Fijian", is an Indo-Fijian professional golfer. He has won 34 events on the PGA Tour, including three major championships: one Masters title (2000) and two PGA Championships (1998, 2004). He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.Singh held Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005. Vijay was the 12th man to reach the world No. 1-ranking and was the only new world No. 1 in the 2000s decade. Singh was the leading PGA Tour money winner in 2003, 2004 and 2008. He also captured the FedEx Cup in 2008.

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