Each PGA TOUR player has earned a position on the priority ranking system that will be used to select tournament fields in 2012. The complete ranking system, in order of priority, is as follows:
1. Winner of PGA Championship or U.S. Open prior to 1970 or in the last five calendar years:
Jack Burke, Jr.
2. Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last five calendar years and current year:
3. Winners of the Masters in the last five calendar years and current year:
4. Winners of the British Open in the last five calendar years and current year:
5. Winners of THE TOUR Championship in the last three years and current year
6. Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three years and current year:
7. Leader from the final FedExCup Points List in each of the last five calendar years:
8. Leader from the final PGA TOUR Money List in each of the last five calendar years:
9. Winners of PGA TOUR co-sponsored or approved events (except team events) within the last two calendar years, or during the current year; winners receive an additional year of exemption for each additional win, up to five years:
Ted Potter Jr.
10a. Players among the top 50 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding calendar year may elect to use a one-time, one-year exemption for the next year:
10b. Players among the Top 25 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding calendar year may elect to use this special exemption for a second year, provided that the player remains among the Top 25 on the career money list.
11. 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 top 25 finishers and ties from the last Qualifying Tournament, as well as 2-25 from the 2011 Web.com Tour money list, if not all of them can otherwise be accommodated. (Note: PGA TOUR members may receive an unlimited number of sponsor invitations. Non-TOUR members may receive a maximum of seven per year.)
12. Two international players designated by the Commissioner.
13. The current PGA Club Professional Champion for a maximum of 6 open events (3 must be opposite British Open and World Golf Championships events), in addition to any sponsor selections.
14. PGA Section Champion or Player of the Year of the Section in which the tournament is played.
15. Four low scorers at Open Qualifying which shall normally be held on Monday of tournament week.
16. Past champions of the particular event being contested that week, if cosponsored by the PGA TOUR and the same tournament sponsor (except for Team events), as follows:
A. Winners prior to July 28, 1970: unlimited exemptions for such events.
B. Winners after July 28, 1970 and prior to Jan. 1, 2000: 10 years of exemptions for such events.
C. Winners after Jan. 1, 2000: five years of exemptions for such events.
17. Life Members (who have been active members of the PGA TOUR for 15 years and have won at least 20 co-sponsored events).
Davis Love III
18. Top 30 on the previous years FedExCup points list.
Charles Howell III
Bo Van Pelt
19. Top 125 on previous year's Official Money List: If not exempt under "Special Exemptions," the top 125 PGA TOUR members on the previous years Official Money List, in order of their position:
Brendon de Jonge
Tom Pernice Jr.
20. Players who finished in the Top 125 on the 2010 PGA TOUR Money List as non-members:
21. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension.
Wes Short, Jr.
22. Leading Money Winner from 2011 Web.com Tour.
23. Leading money winner from Web.com Tour medical
24. Top 10 and ties among professionals from the previous open tournament whose victory has official status are exempt into the next open tournament whose victory has official status.
25. Top 25 and ties from Q-school/players 2-25 on the Web.com Tour prior year money list:
Billy Hurley III
Richard H. Lee
Miguel Angel Carballo
David Berganio Jr.
NOTES: In alternating order beginning with first place at Q-School Reordered after the eighth tournament; Mondays of the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship; and finally on Monday following the 38th week
26. QualifyingTournament/Web.com Tour medical:
NOTE: This category has been reordered with the above category #25.
27. Players winning three Web.com Tour events in the current year:
28. Minor medical extension:
29.Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior year's money list (126-150):
30.Nonexempt, major medical/family crisis:
31. Reorder Categories 32-36
Richard S. Johnson
Jose Maria Olazabal
Frank Lickliter II
32. Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members Beyond 150 on Money List: If not otherwise eligible and as needed to fill the field, Past Champion members, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran members beyond 150th place on the previous years Money List, in order of their combined official PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour earnings in the previous year.
33. Past Champion Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, Past Champion members, in order of the total number of cosponsored or approved events won, excluding Team events. If two or more players are tied, the player who is higher on the PGA TOUR Career Money List shall be eligible.
34. Special Temporary: If during the course of a PGA TOUR season, a nonmember of the PGA TOUR wins an amount of official money (e.g., by playing in PGA TOUR events through sponsor exemptions, Open Qualifying, etc.) equal to the amount won in the preceding year by the 150th finisher on the official money list, he will be eligible for the remainder of the year.
35. Team Tournament Winners: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, winners of co-sponsored team championships, in order of the total number of team championship tournaments won. If two or more players are tied based on the number of such tournaments won, the player who is higher on the official PGA TOUR Career Money List shall be eligible.
36. Veteran Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, Veteran members (players who have made a minimum of 150 cuts during their career), in order of their standing on the PGA TOUR Career Money List.