Frequently Asked Questions
November 20, 2017
By PGA TOUR
- November 20, 2017
- Have a question about one of the PGA TOUR's professional tours? Chances are your answer is below. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Golf fans are among the most passionate in sports. With that much passion often comes curiousity. If that curiousity has you wondering about your favorite sport, wonder no more. Below you'll find answers to the most common questions about the PGA TOUR's collection of professional tours. Just click one of the subjects below and you'll likely find the answer you're looking for.
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What is the FedExCup?
The FedExCup is a season-long competition that originated in 2007 to determine a champion of each season on the PGA TOUR. Players vie throughout the PGA TOUR Season to accumulate enough FedExCup points to earn spots in the FedExCup Playoffs, then battle for golf's richest prize during the four-week Playoffs.
Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedExCup and the $10 million top prize in 2007. He won for a second time in 2009. Others to hoist the FedExCup trophy include Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Henrik Stenson (2013) and Billy Horschel (2014).
For more information on the FedExCup competition, click here.
How do FedExCup points work?
The 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season consists of 43 events in 39 weeks, from the beginning of October at the Frys.com Open in California, through mid-August at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The FedExCup standings from the PGA TOUR Season carry over into the four-event FedExCup Playoffs where the season's champion is crowned.
Points are awarded to all TOUR members who make the cut with an emphasis being placed on wins and top finishes. Points for champions are awarded at four levels:
• 500 points -- The most common level. Regular PGA TOUR Season events award 500 FedExCup points to the winner.
• 600 points -- The Masters Tournament, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship and the PGA Championship award 600 FedExCup points to the winner.
• 550 points -- The WGC-HSBC Champions, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, WGC-Cadillac Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational award 550 points to the winner.
• 300 points -- Additional events (played the same week as other tournaments) award 300 FedExCup points to the winner. This season's events are the Sanderson Farms Championship, Puerto Rico Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship.
The FedExCup standings during the PGA TOUR Season determine the top 125 players who qualify for the first event, The Barclays. Each playoff event offers 2,000 points (four times the total of a regular PGA TOUR Season event).
For more on PGA TOUR Season point distribution, click here.
What are the FedExCup Playoffs?
The FedExCup Playoffs consist of four events immediately following the PGA TOUR Season -- The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The FedExCup standings from the PGA TOUR Season determine the top 125 players who qualify for the first event, The Barclays. Each playoff event offers 2,500 points to the winner (quintuple the PGA TOUR Season). The second event, the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston, will have a 100-player field. The third tournament, the BMW Championship, will have 70 players (with no cut). The finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, will be comprised of the top-30 qualifiers following the BMW Championship.
Following a points reset, those players will compete for the FedExCup, with one to be crowned the FedExCup champion. Each tournament will have an $8-million purse in addition to the $35-million FedExCup bonus pool. To find out more, please visit the FedExCup website.
How do players qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs?
At the end of the season, the top 125 players in points plus ties will be eligible to play in the FedExCup Playoffs. There are no alternate positions. If a player chooses to not play in any of the four playoff events the next player in line (e.g. No.126) will not receive his spot.
How many players advance to the FedExCup Playoffs?
The FedExCup Playoffs offer a progressive cut, with each succeeding event having a smaller field.
The top 125 players from the PGA TOUR Season earn their way into The Barclays, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs. Following The Barclays, the top 100 in the FedExCup standings earn a spot in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
From there, the top 70 players participate in the BMW Championship with only the top 30 players in the standings earning a position at the final event, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Can players be tied in the FedExCup standings?
In the FedExCup Points system, points are awarded to and accumulated by players to three decimal positions, though in some areas we only list whole numbers. Players would be tied after the early portion of the season only in very rare cases, but in the event that there were a tie for a spot in the next Playoff event's field, both players would advance to the following event.
In the much more likely event of a tie in the standings at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the event's playoff format would be followed to break the tie and crown the FedExCup Champion.
How are points awarded for the FedExCup?
Official PGA TOUR events each award 500 FedExCup points to first place. The Masters Tournament, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open Championship, British Open and the PGA Championship award 600 FedExCup points to first place. World Golf Championship events award 550 FedExCup points to first place, and additional events played during the FedExCup Season (those played the same week as a major or World Golf Championships) award 300 FedExCup points to first place. Click here to see the full FedExCup standings.
How are the Points reset before the TOUR Championship?
Prior to the FedExCup finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, FedExCup points are reset which ensures that the champion will be determined at the final event. Visit our website where you can see the complete Points reset chart.
How is a tie resolved in the FedExCup standings?
In the FedExCup Points system, points are awarded to and accumulated by players to three decimal positions, though in some areas we only list whole numbers. Players would be tied only in very rare cases, but in the event that there were a tie, both players would advance to the following event.
In the event of a tie in the standings at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the event's playoff format would be followed to break the tie and crown the FedExCup Champion.
When does the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season begin?
The first event of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season is the Frys.com Open on Oct. 9-12. Check our website for a full schedule for the 2014-15 season.
When are the 2014-15 FedExCup Playoffs?
The 2014-15 FedExCup Playoffs begin with the Barclays (Aug. 27-30) and include the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 4-7) , the BMW Championship (Sept. 17 - 20) and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept. 24 - 27).
Where can I find the current FedExCup standings?
You can find the current FedExCup Season Points on our website at the link below. They are updated after every event so check back frequently.
Which events are part of the FedExCup Playoffs?
The 2014/15 FedExCup Playoffs begin with the Barclays (Aug. 27-30) and include the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 4-7) , the BMW Championship (Sept. 17 - 20) and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Sept. 24 - 27).
Who are the past FedExCup champions?
2015: Jordan Spieth
2014: Billy Horschel
2013: Henrik Stenson
2012: Brandt Snedeker
2011: Bill Haas
2010: Jim Furyk
2009: Tiger Woods
2008: Vijay Singh
2007: Tiger Woods
The list of past FedExCup champions can also be found on our website.
What happened to Q-school?
With the Web.com Tour becoming the path to the PGA TOUR, Q-School is now the way to become a player on the Web.com Tour.
For more information, please click here.
Why did Q-school change?
The Web.com Tour in its 20+ years of existence has proven itself as the path to the PGA TOUR. In 2013, a change was made so that all 50 PGA TOUR cards are now awarded through the Web.com Tour and Q-School now provides access to the Web.com Tour.
The change was made due to a variety of factors, but the overwhelming success of Web.com Tour graduates over 20+ years on the PGA TOUR was the primary motivation for the change.
How are player groupings decided?
Each week, groupings are made according to procedures outlined in the PGA TOUR's Tournament Regulations. For example, players are grouped into different categories depending on prior accomplishments. Also, to ensure fairness, players cannot play early Thursday and Late Friday (or vice versa) too many weeks in a row. In addition to these examples, there are many other rules which seek to ensure fairness of the groupings each week while addressing the needs of many different constituents.
How do I suggest groupings?
Groupings are done according to a detailed set of procedures outlined in the PGA TOUR's Tournament Regulations. Unfortunately, fans are unable to suggest groupings.
How do officials decide when to halt play due to weather?
The safety of everyone at a PGA TOUR event is a top-priority each week, and the weather is always a main focus for the PGA TOUR Officials who oversee the event.
The PGA TOUR employs an on-site meteorologist with state of the art monitoring equipment to assist Officials with weather forecasting and real-time decisions to stop play.
How do players qualify for an event?
Players gain access to an event through a variety of routes. For players who have earned their PGA TOUR card through past achievements or from the Web.com Tour, there is a priority ranking used for each tournament which orders players in terms of accessing the tournament based on the field size. In addition to this ranking, most tournaments have a small number of sponsor exemptions and open qualifying spots which are available each week.
How do you qualify for the PGA TOUR?
The Web.com Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. The top 50 players each year gain access to the following season's PGA TOUR membership. In addition to the Web.com Tour, it is possible to gain access to events by open qualifying, sponsor exemptions and by playing well enough to become a PGA TOUR member during the course of the season.
How long do weather delays last?
Weather delays on the PGA TOUR can last from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the situation. On rare occasions, delays have lasted over a number of days.
How much does the winner of (tournament) win?
The winner receives 18 percent of the purse. For an event with a purse of $5.0M, this equates to $900,000.
What happens if lightning is seen at an event?
PGA TOUR Officials are constantly monitoring the weather with an on-site meteorologist and state of the art technology. In the event that lightning is detected at a distance from the course that threatens the safety of the individuals at the event, play is immediately suspended and the course is evacuated for safety precautions.
When can play resume after a weather delay?
Generally, play is resumed as quickly as possible following a delay. However, it varies depending on the time it takes to prepare the course for play after a weather event and the time players need to warm-up to resume play.
What is the PGA TOUR's slow play policy?
The PGA TOUR has a Pace of Play Policy which is implemented and managed by the TOUR Rules Officials onsite each week. The policy is designed to keep play moving at a good pace, and includes fines and penalties in the event that a group does not keep pace. In such an instance, players in the group are timed by an official and have a set amount of time to play each stroke until they regain their position on the course.
How are PGA TOUR fields filled?
Each PGA TOUR member is an independent contractor and therefore sets his own individual schedule of events. The final field for all PGA TOUR events is not finalized until 5 p.m. ET on the Friday prior to the tournament week. Since each TOUR Player has a priority ranking for their exemption status, some TOUR Players do not know their full schedule until shortly before the tournament. Some TOUR Players who are exempt for each event will announce their schedule several weeks in advance and this information is usually posted on their personal websites. Each weekend prior to an event, PGATOUR.COM will release the Full Field and "Inside the Field."
How can I Monday Qualify for a PGA TOUR event?
For most open events on the PGA TOUR, there are normally 4 Monday Qualifying positions available through a series of qualifying events. The PGA TOUR does not operate these qualifiers. You will need to contact the local Section of the PGA of America for each tournament in which you are interested in qualifying. Please note that Monday qualifiers often have pre-qualifying tournaments, so please plan accordingly. Click here for information for events across PGA TOUR and its affiliate tours.
How can I report a rules violation?
If you feel you’re certain that you have spotted a rules violation, please use the Feedback link on PGATOUR.COM or contact us on Twitter @PGATOUR. Reports are passed along to tournament officials as they are received, though in almost all cases PGA TOUR Rules Officials have already addressed the situation with the player. Keep in mind you will not receive any further response regarding your inquiry about rules in an event, as we cannot respond directly to each inquiry. If you have a general question about the Rules of Golf, please visit http://www.usga.org.
How is a player eligible to compete on the PGA TOUR?
Each PGA TOUR player has earned a position on the priority ranking system that will be used to select tournament fields throughout the season. To find the most recent Priority Rankings, click here.
How can I find a player on Facebook?
A number of PGA TOUR players use Facebook to connect with their fans and post updates and photos from the road. Check your favorite player's profile page to see what social networks they use.
How can I find a player on Twitter?
The PGA TOUR keeps and maintains lists of its members' official accounts to make it easy for fans to find and follow their favorite players.
How much did (insert player) make in (insert year)?
You can find an individual player's earnings by going to their player profile page on PGATOUR.com and then clicking on the "Career" tab. At the drop down box, you may search for previous player career information.
When is (insert player) going to play next?
As independent contractors, players make their own schedules. Once a field is finalized, it will be published on PGATOUR.com and you can check to see if a player is scheduled to participate.
Can I get an autograph from a PGA TOUR player?
Requests for autographs from players should be made through their individual agents or websites. These are generally linked from their player profile on PGATOUR.com. Please understand we can not guarantee a response or an autograph from a player. Any materials you send players will be done at your own risk.
Does the PGA TOUR allow smoking by players during tournaments?
Currently, the PGA TOUR does not have a policy against chewing tobacco or cigarettes. However, we do ask our players to be a little more discrete, keeping in mind that they may be being watched by a young audience both on the golf course and television.
Does the PGA TOUR have a dress code or appearance standard?
The PGA TOUR Player’s policy states that, “players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Clothing worn by players shall be consistent with currently accepted golf fashion.” Golf attire and fashion is always changing and evolving. T-shirts, jeans, or shorts (for players) are considered inappropriate. Our officials monitor player appearance for violations while allowing players to express their own personal styles.
How can I contact a PGA TOUR player?
It is the PGA TOUR's Policy not to release personal player information. If you are interested in contacting a player, it will be best to send the message through our Feedback form and we will forward it along to the appropriate party. If you are interested in writing a letter to a TOUR player, please clearly indicate the player’s name on the envelope and send it to the following address:
112 PGA TOUR Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 32082
You may also try to contact a player through his own personal website or on Twitter. These are generally linked from their player profile on PGATOUR.COM. Please understand that we cannot guarantee a response or an autograph from players. Any materials you send for players will be done at your own risk.
I'm offended at the foul language used by a PGA TOUR player at a tournament.
The PGA TOUR does not condone the use of foul or offensive language by its players in a public forum, including during the telecast of a tournament. We are aware of the situation, and thank you for your concern. As has been our long-standing policy, we do not publicly discuss disciplinary actions with our members.
Which players are currently exempt?
Here is a direct link to the PGA TOUR Exemptions web page which lists the exempt status of all TOUR players for the current season.
This link is updated at the beginning of the season to reflect the changes in each TOUR player’s status or priority number used to determine fields.
Why are players allowed to chew tobacco and spit in competition at a tournament?
Currently, the PGA TOUR does not have a policy prohibiting chewing tobacco. We appreciate your concern and will suggest that they are more discrete. We understand there might be younger spectators watching them on site or television.
How are players schedules determined?
Each PGA TOUR member is an independent contractor and therefore sets his own individual schedule of events. The final field for all PGA TOUR events is not finalized until the Friday prior to the tournament week, after the player commitment deadline. Since each TOUR Player has a priority ranking for their exemption status, many TOUR Players do not know their full schedule until the last minute. Some of the TOUR Players who are exempt for each event may announce their schedule several weeks in advance on their personal websites. Their participation in an event is not considered official until the final deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday, prior to the event. Each Monday of tournament week, PGATOUR.COM will release the Full Field, and “Inside the Field."
How do I report bad behavior by a PGA TOUR player?
The PGA TOUR seeks to uphold the highest standards of behavior among its players and others associated with the organization. Please notify us by using the “Contact Us” link on the bottom of PGATOUR.COM. We will review reported incidents and will take appropriate action when needed. Please note that while the TOUR actively reviews reported incidents, it has been a long standing policy not to publicly disclose any disciplinary actions that may be taken against players or disclose the results or reviews of those actions.
How is a player eligible to compete on the PGA TOUR?
Each PGA TOUR player has earned a position on the priority ranking system that will be used to select tournament fields throughout the season. To find the most recent Priority Rankings, please click here. Some tournaments have specific player eligibility which may mean that not all players may be eligible to participate in a particular week.
I am disappointed that a PGA TOUR player was rude.
The PGA TOUR seeks to uphold the highest standards of behavior among its membership and others associated with the organization. Please notify us by using the “Contact Us” link on the bottom of PGATOUR.COM and thank you for bringing this to our attention. The incident will be reviewed by our officials and action will be taken as appropriate. The PGA TOUR maintains a long-standing policy not to review disciplinary actions against players as these issues are not discussed publicly.
What is the difference between the British Open and the Open Championship?
The British Open is the same tournament as the Open Championship, but many in the United States refer to the event as the British Open in order to avoid confusion with the U.S. Open Championship. To visit the official Open Championship website please click here.
Is The Masters part of the PGA TOUR?
While The Masters tournament is recognized as an official event by the PGA TOUR and our players participate in it, the event is owned and operated by Augusta National Golf Club. For more information regarding The Masters please click here.
Is the Open Championship part of the PGA TOUR?
While the Open Championship (also referred to as the British Open) is recognized as an official event by the PGA TOUR and our players participate in the event, the event is operated by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club based in St. Andrews, Scotland. To visit the official website of the Open Championship please click here.
Is the PGA Championship part of the PGA TOUR?
While the PGA Championship is recognized by the PGA TOUR as an official event and our players participate in it, the PGA Championship is operated by the PGA of America, an organization of golf club professionals that is run separately from the PGA TOUR. To contact the PGA of America please visit their website.
Is the U.S. Open part of the PGA TOUR?
While the U.S. Open is recognized as an official event by the PGA TOUR and our player participate in it, it us operated by the United States Golf Association (USGA). To contact the USGA, please visit their website.
What is the PGA TOUR's policy on cell phones?
Cell phones are permitted at PGA TOUR events, however, if you do bring a cell phone, please follow these guidelines:
• Ringers must be in silent mode at all times
• Calls can be made and received only in designated areas
• Receiving and sending text messages is permitted on the course, away from play
• NO video recording is permitted anywhere, anytime
• Photos may NOT be taken during competition rounds
Where can I buy PGA TOUR tickets?
To purchase tickets to a PGA TOUR tournament, please contact the tournament directly or use the following link.
I ordered my tickets to (tournament) a while ago, where are they?
To check the status of your ticket purchase, please contact the tournament directly. Tournament contact information can be found here.
What is the PGA TOUR's policy on cameras at events?
Cameras are allowed during practice rounds and this includes cell phones. Once competition rounds begin, cameras are not allowed including use of cell phones to take photos.
How can I volunteer for a PGA TOUR event?
Interested volunteers can contact the tournaments directly for information on volunteer registration. Please use the tournament’s website, or contact the relevant tournament office for the PGA TOUR event(s) near you. These types of inquiries are handled at the actual PGA TOUR tournament site. Find the event near you through our tournaments page. Select the event you're interested in and look for the Volunteer tab on the page.
What is the PGA TOUR's policy on photos and videos?
Cameras are allowed during practice rounds and this includes cell phones. Once competition rounds begin, cameras are not allowed including use of cell phones to take photos. Videos are not permitted at any time.
How can I qualify for the Web.com Tour?
By entering the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, which includes Pre, First, Second and Final stages. It begins in late August and the Final stage is held in mid-December. Qualifying-stage exemptions are extended to certain players based on past performance. Every player who makes it to the Final stage earns Web.com Tour membership for the following season. Non-members can earn Web.com Tour membership during the Regular Season with good performance after successfully Monday qualifying or securing a sponsor exemption.
How do players move from the Web.com Tour to the PGA TOUR?
The top 25 money earners through the Web.com Tour Regular Season secure cards for the upcoming PGA TOUR season as do the top 25 in the Web.com Tour Finals based on earnings in the four Finals events. Positions in the PGA TOUR's priority ranking are determined based on where a player finishes on the Finals' money list. Click here to see the current money list rankings.
What is the Web.com Tour?
The Web.com Tour is one of five professional golf tours under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR. Since 1990, it has identified those players who are ready to compete and win on the PGA TOUR, with alumni capturing well over 350 PGA TOUR titles and three out of four members having played the Web.com Tour. Beginning in 2013, the Web.com Tour became "the path" to the PGA TOUR, with all 50 available cards coming through the Web.com Tour.
Where can I find the Web.com Tour Schedule?
There is a current Web.com Tour schedule on our website.
How do I watch the Web.com Tour?
Golf Channel is the exclusive home of Web.com Tour telecasts. In 2013, 10 events will receive four-round coverage on Golf Channel.
How do you volunteer for a Web.com Tour event?
Go to the Web.com Tour schedule mentioned above to find an individual tournament's website, which is located on the tournament's home page.
Click on the website, find the "Contact" option and then contact the tournament office to express your interest in volunteering.
How can I watch PGA TOUR Canada events?
Unfortunately, there is no live TV coverage of PGA TOUR Canada. "This is PGA TOUR Canada" is PGA TOUR Canada's weekly, 30-minute highlight show. It airs on Global and TSN2 the weeks following PGA TOUR Canada events. For airtimes or to watch click here.
How can I qualify for PGA TOUR Canada?
PGA TOUR Canada holds qualifying tournaments to earn membership in the Spring prior to the applicable season. Information on those events can be found here. To qualify on a weekly basis for PGA TOUR Canada events a player can "Monday qualify" during tournament week or ask for a sponsor's exemption from the host organization. The 18-hole qualifying events offer 10 spots. Information on how to enter the Monday qualifying event at tournaments can be found here.
How can I volunteer for a PGA TOUR Canada event?
In order to volunteer for our events please contact the particular tournament. PGA TOUR Canada events could not be operated without the help of volunteers.
Where can I find the PGA TOUR Canada schedule?
The PGA TOUR Canada schedule can be found here.
How can I buy tickets for a PGA TOUR Canada event?
For a full list of our events and ticket information please click here.
How do I watch the Champions Tour?
Golf Channel is the exclusive cable television home of the Champions Tour through 2021 and provides complete coverage of 25 Champions Tour tournaments in 2014, including two majors, the Regions Tradition and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. Golf Channel also airs a weekly series on Tuesday evenings, “The Champions Tour Learning Center.” Every episode is dedicated to analysis, tournament highlights and instruction. NBC broadcasts the final two rounds of both the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. ESPN broadcasts the early rounds of the U.S. Senior Open and has complete coverage of the Senior British Open. Fans can also watch the Champions Tour Golf Live Extra at golfchannel.com.
How do you qualify for the Champions Tour?
Regional Qualifying was conducted at three sites across the country on Nov. 4-7, 2014 with approximately 78 players at each site playing stroke play over 72 holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field. The number of players advancing from each Regional Qualifying Stage site to the Final Qualifying Stage was on a pro rata basis (i.e., roughly the same percentage of players from each site advanced), and such number was announced during the Regional Qualifying. The field size at the Final Qualifying Stage was 78 players and was contested at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla, on Nov. 18-21. The Final Qualifying Stage was conducted at stroke play over 72-holes, with no reduction (cut) of the field. Five players earned fully exempt status. Those finishing in positions 6-12 earned conditionally exempt status. Players finishing tied 30th or better are eligible to compete in Monday qualifying events to gain access to Champions Tour events.
How do you volunteer for a Champions Tour event?
People can sign up to volunteer at Champions Tour events by visiting the individual tournament websites .Please contact the local tournament office for more information on how to apply. The contact information can be found by visiting this website and then clicking on the desired tournament and then'ticket and local event details'. We appreciate your interest in volunteering.
What is the Champions Tour?
The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The points earned in 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion. The season-long competition is designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. For more information on the Champions Tour please visit the Champions Tour website.
Where can I find the Champions Tour schedule?
You can find the Champions Tour schedule under the tournaments tab on the Champions Tour website by clicking here.
How do players qualify for the 2016 Olympics?
Under the proposal to the IOC, the fields of 60 men and 60 women will include the top-15 world-ranked players, with a limit of four players from a given country. In addition to the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from countries that do not already have two or more players among the top 15. Using this method, recent world rankings show that at least 30 countries would be represented in both the men’s and women’s competitions, from all continents. The qualification period to earn Olympic Golf Rankings points started on July 14, 2014 and ends on July 11, 2016.
How will the competition be structured at the 2016 Olympics?
The format will be 72 holes of stroke play with no cut. This was the overwhelming recommendation from the top players in the world.
What course will host the 2016 Olympics in Rio?
Olympic golf will be contested on a brand new golf course, which is now under construction. The architect is Gil Hanse from the United States, who is working with World Golf Hall of Fame member and LPGA legend Amy Alcott on the project.
What is the PGA TOUR China Series?
PGA TOUR China Series builds upon the PGA TOUR's longstanding relationship with the China Golf Association. The Series gives players in Asia and the Pacific Rim playing and money-making opportunities as they strengthen their games. The PGA TOUR China Series also offers players a pathway to the PGA TOUR.
How do players qualify for PGA TOUR China Series?
Natives of China qualify for the PGA TOUR China Series based on their ranking by the China Golf Association. In 2014, the Tour held two qualifying tournaments prior to the start of the regular season, with the top-20 finishers in both events earning full exemptions and the next 20 players earning partial exemptions. The first 11 tournaments on the 2014 schedule also offer open-qualifying on Monday, giving non-exempt players a chance to qualify.
How do players move from PGA TOUR China Series to the Web.com Tour?
The Order of Merit leader following the final event of the season earns full-exempt status to the 2015 Web.com Tour. Those finishing in Order of Merit positions two through five will earn partial Web.com Tour exemptions. This follows the pattern established by PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. In addition, those top Order of Merit finishers not automatically qualifying for the Web.com Tour receive an exemption past first-stage qualifying for the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Is this Tour just open to players from China?
While about half of the Series' 2014 membership is from China, there are players who come from 15 other countries. While the bulk of the players are from Asia, members are also from North America, Australia, Europe and South America. In the first half of the 2014 season, there were two Australian winners. Other champions hailed from the United States, South Korea and China.
Do players earn Official World Golf Ranking points?
The Official World Golf Ranking is the eligibility mechanism for players to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top-six finishers at each PGA TOUR China Series events earns OWGR points.
Is there live scoring so I can follow how players are doing at each tournament?
Live, hole-by-hole scoring and full biographical information on every player in every tournament field can be found here.
How can I buy tickets for a PGA TOUR Latinoamerica event?
Access to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events vary greatly from free admission to a nominal charge to attend some of the events. For a full list of our events and ticket information please visit the "Tournaments" page on our website.
How can I qualify for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica?
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica holds qualifying tournaments granting fully exempt and conditional status for the following season to the top performers. Information on those events can be found on this page under the “Qualifiers” tab. PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Developmental Series offers regional players an opportunity to compete locally to earn a spot in a Finale event which will award exempt and conditional spots on the next season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. For more information please visit this page. To qualify on a weekly basis for individual NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events a player can “Monday qualify” during tournament week or ask for a sponsor’s exemption from the host organization. The 18-hole qualifying events offer 10 spots. For more information on Monday qualifying please click on the “Qualifiers” tab here.
How can I volunteer for a PGA TOUR Latinoamerica event?
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events could not be operated without the help of volunteers. In order to volunteer for our events please contact PGA TOUR Headquarters.
How can I watch PGA TOUR Latinoamerica TOUR?
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica highlights can be found on Golf Channel Latin America and its website, as well as www.pgatourla.com and our YouTube page. There is no live television coverage of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica except for the final event, the Argentine Open which is broadcast on regional networks.
Where can I find the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica schedule?
The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedule can be found on this page by clicking on the "Tournaments" tab.
Why can't I watch the PGA TOUR in (insert country)?
The PGA TOUR does not have a TV deal in place at this time. Please continue to check back as the TOUR is always seeking out new countries and territories to broadcast in.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in the United Kingdom?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports. Sky Sports broadcasts all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times, click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Canada?
The PGA TOUR broadcast partners in Canada are The Golf Channel, Global TV, TSN and RDS through 2018. Broadcasters vary per tournament, so please check your local listings.
For The Golf Channel TV times click here.
For Global TV times click here.
For TSN TV times click here.
For RDS TV times click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Australia?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Australia by Fox Sports. Fox Sports broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Ireland?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Ireland by Sky Sports. Sky Sports broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times, click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Germany?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Germany by Sky Sport. Sky Sport broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Sweden?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Sweden by Viasat Golf. Viasat Golf broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times, click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Japan?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Japan by Golf Network and NHK BS-1. Golf Network broadcast the early rounds of PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. NHK BS-1 broadcast the final rounds of PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedEx Cup.
For Golf Network TV times, click here.
For NHK BS-1 TV times click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in France?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in France by Golf+. Golf+ broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times, click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Spain?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Spain by Canal+Golf. Canal+ Golf broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times, click here.
How can I watch the PGA TOUR in Italy?
The PGA TOUR is broadcast in Italy by Sky Sport. Sky Sport broadcast all PGA TOUR regular season events live and in HD, including the Playoffs for the FedExCup and the Presidents Cup competition. For TV times, click here.
What is the relationship between the PGA TOUR and CBS?
CBS is one of the PGA TOUR's television partners, broadcasting 22 tournaments in 2014. You can view the complete schedule here. CBS’s coverage of PGA TOUR golf is led by on-air host Jim Nantz and analyst Nick Faldo, a World Golf Hall of Fame member. Ian Baker-Finch, Gary McCord, David Feherty, Peter Kostis, Peter Oosterhuis, Bill Macatee and Verne Lunquist round out the on-air golf team. Lance Barrow is CBS Sports' coordinating producer for golf.
What is the relationship between the PGA TOUR and Golf Channel?
The PGA TOUR has an exclusive cable partnership with Golf Channel that began in 2007. Golf Channel provides early round coverage of all FedExCup events and full coverage of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii and the Humana Challenge, as well as all additional events that are scheduled the same week as the World Golf Championships and Open Championship. Golf Channel also televises all four rounds of the events that kick off the PGA TOUR season following the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Golf Channel's coverage of the PGA TOUR includes prime-time, same-day replays, as well as extensive pre-round and post-round news coverage and analysis within "Golf Central," the network's flagship show. Golf Channel also continues to be the exclusive cable home of the Champions Tour and the Web.com Tour. The Golf Channel broadcast team includes hosts Terry Gannon, Rich Lerner, Brian Hammons and Kelly Tilghman; analysts Nick Faldo, Frank Nobilo, Brandel Chamblee and Curt Byrum; and announcers Peter Oosterhuis, Mark Rolfing, Jerry Foltz, Phil Parkin, Billy Ray Brown, Craig Perks and Matt Gogel. The PGA TOUR and Golf Channel are separate business entities. The PGA TOUR’s relationship with Golf Channel is only as a broadcast partner. If you would like to contact Golf Channel, please visit their website for contact information.
Why is there a 30-minute gap between Golf Channel and CBS coverage?
Due to the changeover from Golf Channel to CBS, there are several elements of the production that need to be changed prior to CBS beginning their coverage. For example, CBS uses different announcers and different graphics which need to be loaded into the graphics machines and made sure that they are working properly prior to CBS starting their telecast.
Where can I watch PGA TOUR tournaments?
On television, PGA TOUR events can be found on Golf Channel, CBS and/or NBC. To find out when a specific tournament will be broadcast, please click here for the tournament schedule. PGA TOUR events can also be streamed on the PGA TOUR's digital platforms (desktop and mobile) via PGATOUR.com or the PGA TOUR App.
How do I contact a NBC announcer (Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks)
To contact any of the NBC Sports personalities, please use the address below.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Why doesn't my TV provider offer the Golf Channel?
Golf Channel has a wide distribution, currently available to 80 million households in the U.S.; however, if you find that your cable or satellite provider doesn't offer Golf Channel, we encourage our fans to contact Golf Channel to let them know which cable/satellite provider you are using. You may contact Golf Channel. In addition, you should contact your cable or satellite provider to encourage them to include the Golf Channel on their basic packages since they determine how to distribute the channels to their viewers.
How can I donate to the PGA TOUR?
We appreciate your interest in making a donation. You can donate directly with the Give button at our charity website. If you prefer to donate to a player's specific charity, choose a player and then choose the Support Causes button. You can also choose to donate by Tournament or Cause on the charity website homepage.
What charities does (insert player) support?
To learn what charities individual players support, please visit their charity page on the Together, anything's possible website ( Additional information is often available on their own website as well).
What charities does (insert tournament) support?
To learn what charities the tournaments support, please visit their charity page on the Together, anything's possible website.
What does the PGA TOUR do for charity?
"Together, Anything's Possible" is the PGA TOUR's initiative to build a community of tournaments, players, charities, sponsors, partners, volunteers and fans who are committed to making a social investment by helping others. Between the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, millions of dollars are contributed to local charities each year. The majority of the funds raised are directed back into the local community where the tournament is held. This means that there isn’t one specific beneficiary of the PGA TOUR. Instead there are nearly 3,000 charities and countless individuals worldwide who are touched by the TOUR’s goal of giving back. Learn more at our charity website.
How can I make a charity request of the PGA TOUR or players?
PGA TOUR charitable giving is almost always done on a local level by our tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, and not through PGA TOUR HQ. Persons or organizations requesting monetary or charitable donations need to contact the appropriate tournament(s) in their local community. If you need direct contact information for a tournament office, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I request a donation from the PGA TOUR to my charity, auction or giveaway?
PGA TOUR’s charitable giving is done by our tournaments and not by PGA TOUR HQ, therefore, persons or organizations requesting monetary donations, need to contact the tournament(s) in their area. If you need direct contact information for a tournament office, please email: email@example.com
How do I get media credentials for a PGA TOUR event?
For the majority of PGA TOUR events, applications for media credentials can be submitted through our media website. To access the website, you first must register for an account. Once you have received access to the site, log in and select “Media Credentials” in the Navigation. If the event you are interested in covering is not listed on the media site, please check the tournament's website for information on how to apply or contact the tournament's media director.
What is the difference between the PGA TOUR and the PGA of America?
The PGA TOUR and PGA of America were affiliated until 1968, when the tournament players, a small subset of the total PGA membership, broke away to form the Tournament Players Division and gain more control of their finances and tournament schedule. The Tournament Players Division was renamed the PGA TOUR in 1975.
What is the PGA TOUR's policy on racism?
The PGA TOUR does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin.
Why does the PGA TOUR not disclose fines?
The PGA TOUR is a membership organization and its members take their conduct seriously and have regulations in place to correct actions that are not in accordance with their standards. While the TOUR's discipline structure is used to maintain the standards of the organization, those actions are considered a matter internal to the membership and as such are not disclosed publicly.
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Why is (insert player) on top of the leaderboard?
We feature the current tournament leader at the top of the Leaderboard. You will see the player's name, his score in the current round and his total score to par for the tournament.
Why is your leaderboard different than other websites?
PGATOUR.COM's Leaderboard is unique because it is the only Leaderboard online that features "live, real-time scoring and stats" so you see scores before anyone else.
What does "MDF" next to a player's name on the leaderboard mean?
If the top 70 players and ties through 36 holes includes more than 78 players, the remaining field will be once again be cut to the closest number to 70 and ties after 54 holes. Players who do not advance to the final round will still receive official money and FedEx Cup points based on their finish.
How can I customize my leaderboard?
You can add players to your favorites and choose different highlight colors for the players. Customization options, including My Leaderboard and color highlighting will remain the same each tournament week or until you clear your cookies. To add players to My Leaderboard, you can add and remove players using the + and - symbols in the upper left triangle next to each players' name. In the main "Full Leaderboard" section, clicking on the "color" link will let you toggle through various colors and apply it to your favorite players.
Also, by clicking the info link, you will activate the "additional information" feature for the player. This will allow you to view a detailed scorecard, play-by-play, statistics, and FedExCup points for that player. Players are ranked by their performance in the current tournament. You have the ability to sort the Leaderboard to compare player performance. Sortable columns are indicated with a triangle pointed down towards the column data.
How frequently do the scores on my leaderboard refresh?
The leaderboard will automatically refresh scores and play-by-play every 30 seconds.
How do I open/close player content within the leaderboard?
To expand player content within the leaderboard, click the player’s name. This will reveal his scorecard, shot trails, statistics, video highlights, photos and articles. To close this view, click the player’s name.
How do I turn on/off play-by-play coverage on the leaderboard?
Play-by-play information will appear in the leaderboard below each player’s name. To turn this feature on or off, click the “play-by-play” button at the top of the leaderboard. On your smartphone, this button will appear as “pbp.”
Where is the leaderboard?
The leaderboard can be reached from several places on PGATOUR.COM. From any device, click the main menu button (three stacked horizontal lines to the right of the PGA TOUR logo). Then click "Live Scoring" and "Leaderboard." On desktop/laptop computers and some tablets, the Leaderboard can also be accessed in the links displayed at the very top of the homepage. Look for "Leaderboard."
How are players ranked on the leaderboard?
Players are ranked by their performance in the current tournament. You have the ability to sort the Leaderboard to compare player performance. Click the column to sort information in the Leaderboard.
Why was my YouTube video claimed by the PGA TOUR?
In reference to video shot on-site at PGA TOUR event, or taken from a TV broadcast or PGATOUR.COM, please refer to the following Video Highlights regulation:
“PGA TOUR is the absolute owner of any and all Video Highlights or other video coverage (golf competition or otherwise) shot at the Tournament site during the Tournament Week and may request copies thereof.”
This regulation extends to personal video, which is intended for private use only.
What is PGA TOUR LIVE?
Launched in July 2015, PGA TOUR LIVE is a subscription-based digital platform service that offers live coverage of two concurrent featured group pairings during morning competition prior to the start of the regularly scheduled television coverage. PGA TOUR LIVE also offers live-streaming coverage from select holes after early-round group coverage has concluded, as well as on 15 select weekends.
What new PGA TOUR LIVE features are available in 2017 - 2018 season?
• In addition to desktop and iOS devices, PGA TOUR LIVE is available on Apple TV and Android devices.
• Integrations with tournament leaderboards and player scorecards
• In-round highlights and access to full-round archives
How much does PGA TOUR LIVE cost?
PGA TOUR LIVE is a subscription service available for $5.99 per month. Fans may also purchase a full season pass to PGA TOUR LIVE for $39.99 per year.
Click here for more information on how to subscribe to PGA TOUR LIVE.
Where can I watch coverage?
• Desktop: PGATOURLIVE.COM
• Mobile: iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) apps
• TV: tvOS App Store
Is PGA TOUR LIVE available in all countries?
PGA TOUR LIVE is available globally except in China and South Korea.
What are the hours of coverage?
Beginning with the first featured group’s tee time, PGA TOUR LIVE will be available up until the start of Golf Channel’s coverage on Thursday and Friday. The approximate times for PGA TOUR LIVE are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, with the exception of West Coast events that have later start times. Additionally, there will be free featured hole coverage on Thursday and Friday during the Golf Channel window (usually 3-6 p.m. ET).
There will also be free featured hole content scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays (8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET) at 15 select events.
Which tournaments are available in 2017 - 2018 season?
Starting with the CareerBuilder Challenge, all tournaments for the rest of the 2017 - 2018 PGA TOUR season will be available on PGA TOUR LIVE except for the majors (The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, PGA Championship), alternate-field events and The Ryder Cup.
How can I contact PGA TOUR LIVE customer support for technical difficulties or subscription questions?
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 1-800-515-9990
How are featured groups determined?
Featured groups are determined at the beginning of each week and included in our “Featured Groups” article on PGATOUR.COM.
Do I need to sign up to watch free content?
No, you can watch all free content on the PGA TOUR LIVE player without a login. Visit PGATOURLIVE.COM on desktop or your PGA TOUR LIVE app. and click on the “Video” tab to get started.
Is LIVE@ still available?
While LIVE@ is no longer available, PGA TOUR LIVE gives our fans more free content than we’ve ever been able to offer in the past. Fans have access to free featured hole coverage on Thursday and Friday at over 30 PGA TOUR events. In addition, PGA TOUR LIVE features free featured hole content on Saturday and Sunday (8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET) at ~15 events throughout the season. PGA TOUR LIVE offers fans more tournaments and longer hours of coverage than ever before.
Can I watch the majors with PGA TOUR LIVE?
Since the PGA TOUR does not own or operate any of the major tournaments, PGA TOUR LIVE will not be available for these events.
How do I cancel my subscription?
Please click here to cancel your subscription if you registered through desktop. You may also cancel your account by email at email@example.com or by phone 1-800-515-9990.
Need support? Other questions?
Click here for more PGA TOUR LIVE FAQs.
Do you have a PGA TOUR app?
Yes. PGA TOUR apps are available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Blackberry 10. The PGA TOUR application includes customizable live scoring, complete round video highlights, live player updates, course maps and more. To download the application, search for PGA TOUR in the app store for your device. For more information on our app or to download for your device, click here.
Where do I download PGA TOUR’s mobile apps and what is the cost?
The PGA TOUR's mobile applications are available for free and may be downloaded from the app store on supported platforms by searching for PGA TOUR. For more information on our app or to download for your device, click here.
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Where can I find the current PGA TOUR schedule?
The PGA TOUR schedule can be found here. Also, check out the schedules for the PGA TOUR's affiliate tours below:
How do I access information about Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC-Series Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada or PGA TOUR China?
From anywhere on PGATOUR.com, click the “Tours” menu at the top of the page.
How do I access the full site navigation menu?
From any device, look for main menu. It will appear as three horizontal stacked lines with the word "menu" below it. This main menu is located to the right of the PGA TOUR logo at the top of the screen. Click the lines to access full site navigation.
Where can I find the final results, tee times and field for a tournament?
Go to “Tournaments” and select the event you’re looking for. From there, navigate across the menu to find the information you need.
Where can I find stats on a player?
Player statistics are integrated in a number of ways on PGATOUR.COM. On the main stats page you can see how players are ranked across a variety of stats. Player bio pages are a good source for each player. go to the Players section, select a player and click through season, career or general statistics.
Where is the weather listed?
The current weather conditions at the tournament site are posted on the PGATOUR.COM homepage. Detailed weather reports are available for each tournament. Go to "Tournaments" in the navigation. Select the desired tournament from the list and look for the Weather tab.
What is ShotLink?
The PGA TOUR's ShotLink scoring system provides all the play-by-play data for the PGATOUR.COM leaderboard, along with our stats database and on-course scoring information. More information about Shot Link can be found here or @ShotLink on Twitter.
Why are there inconsistencies with ShotLink?
The ShotLink system, which powers the live scoring and play-by-play on PGATOUR.COM, is operated by a small staff of PGA TOUR employees and a volunteer workforce each week. It normally takes approximately 350 volunteers per event to score the golf tournament. This equates to approximately three man years of effort (between staff and volunteers). The annual ShotLink volunteer count on the PGA TOUR is approximately 10,000 people throughout all of our events. This may explain why from time to time you see inaccuracies that are quickly corrected by the walking scorers and our Shot Link team members. More information about Shot Link can be found here.
Why are there no yardages / play-by-play for this event?
Major tournaments -- The Masters, U.S. Open, and Open Championship (British Open) -- are not owned or operated by the PGA TOUR. These events and their sanctioning bodies have their own technology deals and infrastructure, and do not use the PGA TOUR ShotLink scoring system which powers play-by-play on PGATOUR.COM. Therefore, unfortunately, play-by-play will not be available on PGATOUR.COM during the majors, though we wish we were able to offer it to fans every week on the PGA TOUR. There are also a handful of tournaments outside the United States where the ShotLink system cannot be transported in order to supply the data necessary for these features.