2015-2016 PGA TOUR Eligibility Ranking
May 22, 2016
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Each PGA TOUR player has earned a position on the priority ranking system that will be used to select tournament fields for the 2015-16 season. 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 seasons and the current season: Keegan Bradley Jack Burke, Jr. Jason Day Jason Dufner Dow Finsterwald Raymond Floyd Doug Ford Al Geiberger Don January Gene Littler Rory McIlroy Bobby Nichols Jack Nicklaus Arnold Palmer Gary Player Justin Rose Webb Simpson Jordan Spieth Lee Trevino 2. Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last five seasons and the current season: K.J. Choi Rickie Fowler Matt Kuchar Tiger Woods 3. Winners of the Masters Tournament in the last five seasons and the current season: Charl Schwartzel Adam Scott Bubba Watson Danny Willett 4. Winners of the British Open in the last five seasons and the current season: Darren Clarke Ernie Els Zach Johnson Phil Mickelson 5. Winners of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in the last three seasons and the current season: Billy Horschel Henrik Stenson 6. Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three seasons and the current season: Dustin Johnson Russell Knox Shane Lowry Patrick Reed 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
Matt Every David Lingmerth 8. Leader from the final FedExCup Points List in each of the last five seasons: Bill Haas Brandt Snedeker 9. Leader from the final PGA TOUR Money List in each of the last five seasons: Luke Donald
10. Winners of PGA TOUR co-sponsored or approved events (except team events) 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:
Sang-Moon Bae Steven Bowditch Angel Cabrera Alex Cejka Tim Clark Ben Crane Harris English Tony Finau Jim Furyk Sergio Garcia Fabian Gomez Branden Grace Emiliano Grillo Chesson Hadley James Hahn Brian Harman Padraig Harrington Russell Henley J.J. Henry Jim Herman Charley Hoffman J.B. Holmes Matt Jones Smylie Kaufman Chris Kirk Kevin Kisner Brooks Koepka
Danny Lee Davis Love III Hunter Mahan Peter Malnati Ben Martin Hideki Matsuyama Graeme McDowell Troy Merritt Ryan Moore Seung-Yul Noh Geoff Ogilvy Scott Piercy John Senden Kevin Stadler Scott Stallings Robert Streb Kevin Streelman Steve Stricker Brian Stuard Nick Taylor
Vaughn Taylor Justin Thomas Brendon Todd Camilo Villegas Jimmy Walker Nick Watney 11a. 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: Justin Leonard Bo Van Pelt Robert Allenby 11b. 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 2015 Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour, if not all 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.
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. Matt Dobyns 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 (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 seasons of exemptions for such events. C. 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). Vijay Singh 19. Top 125 on the previous season’s FedExCup points list. Daniel Berger Paul Casey Kevin Na Louis Oosthuizen Daniel Summerhays Cameron Tringale Ryan Palmer Jason Bohn Gary Woodland Sean O'Hair Pat Perez Brendon de Jonge Brendan Steele Kevin Chappell Shawn Stefani David Hearn Zac Blair George McNeill Rory Sabbatini Ian Poulter Jerry Kelly William McGirt Bryce Molder Marc Leishman Boo Weekley Carl Pettersson Kyle Reifers Charles Howell III Hudson Swafford Spencer Levin Scott Pinckney Morgan Hoffmann Johnson Wagner Colt Knost Jason Gore Carlos Ortiz Scott Brown Mark Wilson Chad Campbell Will Wilcox Martin Laird Jason Kokrak Stewart Cink Greg Owen John Peterson Adam Hadwin John Huh Francesco Molinari Graham DeLaet Jon Curran Steve Wheatcroft Andres Gonzales Chris Stroud Ken Duke Retief Goosen Chad Collins Ryo Ishikawa Jonas Blixt Erik Compton Jeff Overton 20. Top 125 on previous season’s Official Money List through the Wyndham Championship Jamie Donaldson Will MacKenzie Charlie Beljan Blayne Barber Whee Kim David Toms 21. Players who finished greater than or equal to top 125 on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Official Season FedExCup Points List or top 125 on the 2014-15 Official Season Money List through the Wyndham Championship as non-members: Patrick Rodgers Cameron Smith 22. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension. Freddie Jacobson Stuart Appleby Brian Gay Bob Estes Ted Potter, Jr. Chris Couch Troy Kelly Briny Baird Justin Hicks Harrison Frazar 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. Patton Kizzire Chez Reavie 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:
Finishers 2-25 from the previous season’s Top 25 Web.com Tour Regular season players using combined money earned on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List and money earned in the Web.com Tour Finals and the top 25 players and ties on the Web.com Tour Finals Money List at the conclusion of the Finals who are not already exempt. Jamie Lovemark Si Woo Kim Andrew Loupe Brett Stegmaier Tyrone Van Aswegen Mark Hubbard Derek Fathauer Lucas Glover Roberto Castro Luke List Kyle Stanley Sung Kang Harold Varner III Anirban Lahiri Ricky Barnes Steve Marino Hiroshi Iwata Bronson Burgoon Michael Kim Tyler Aldridge Michael Thompson Sam Saunders Dawie van der Walt Tim Wilkinson Tom Hoge Rob Oppenheim Bud Cauley Shane Bertsch Henrik Norlander Kelly Kraft Thomas Aiken Robert Garrigus D.H. Lee Martin Piller Wes Roach Rod Pampling Derek Ernst Miguel Angel Carballo Rhein Gibson Brian Davis Darron Stiles Lucas Lee Dicky Pride Andrew Landry Jarrod Lyle Abraham Ancer Kris Blanks Will Claxton Bobby Gates Lee Williams Neal Lancaster David Berganio, Jr. Patrick Cantlay Joe Affrunti NOTE: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Northern Trust Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship 27. Top Finishers from the Web.com Tour medical: NOTE: This category has been reordered with the above category #26. 28. Players winning three Web.com Tour events in the current season: 29. Minor medical extension: Richard Sterne 30. Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior season’s FedExCup Points List (126-150): Brice Garnett Luke Guthrie Scott Langley
Billy Hurley III
Alex Prugh Tom Gillis Nicholas Thompson S.J. Park Brandt Jobe Richard H. Lee NOTE: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Northern Trust Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
31. Nonexempt, major medical/family crisis: NOTE: This category has been reordered with the above category #30. 32. Reorder Categories 33-37
Jhonattan Vegas Aaron Baddeley D.J. Trahan Andres Romero Jonathan Byrd Tim Herron Cameron Beckman Michael Bradley Frank Lickliter II Fred Funk Billy Mayfair Marc Turnesa D.A. Points John Rollins Greg Chalmers Ted Purdy John Merrick Trevor Immelman Steve Flesch Tim Petrovic Tommy Gainey Mark Hensby Eric Axley 33. Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members Beyond 150 on the FedExCup Points 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 season’s FedExCup Points List in order of their combined official PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour earnings in the previous season. Chris Smith Bill Lunde Kenny Perry Heath Slocum Mark O'Meara Glen Day Craig Barlow John Daly Charlie Wi Troy Matteson Mike Weir Arjun Atwal Ben Curtis Y.E. Yang Matt Bettencourt Lee Janzen David Duval Duffy Waldorf Dudley Hart Woody Austin Scott Verplank Bernhard Langer Shaun Micheel Chris Riley Daniel Chopra Tom Watson Scott McCarron Garrett Willis Kent Jones Stephen Ames Parker McLachlin Steve Lowery Len Mattiace Guy Boros Todd Hamilton Carlos Franco 34. 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. 35. Special Temporary Members: If during the course of a PGA TOUR season, a nonmember of the PGA TOUR wins an amount of points (e.g., by playing in PGA TOUR events through sponsor exemptions, Open Qualifying, etc.) equal to the amount won in the preceding season by the 150th finisher on the FedExCup points list, he will be eligible to become a special temporary member for the remainder of the season. 36. 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. 37. 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.