All-Exempt PGA TOUR Priority Rankings

November 19, 2012

Each PGA TOUR player has earned a position on the priority ranking system that will be used to select tournament fields in 2013. 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:
Keegan Bradley Al Geiberger Jack Nicklaus
Jack Burke, Jr. Lucas Glover Arnold Palmer
Angel Cabrera Padraig Harrington Gary Player
Billy Casper Don January Lee Trevino
Dow Finsterwald Gene Littler Ken Venturi
Jack Fleck Graeme McDowell Tiger Woods
Raymond Floyd Rory McIlroy Y.E. Yang
Doug Ford Bobby Nichols Webb Simpson
2. Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last five calendar years and current year:
Phil Mickelson Sergio Garcia Henrik Stenson
Tim Clark K.J. Choi Matt Kuchar
3. Winners of the Masters in the last five calendar years and current year:
Trevor Immelman Zach Johnson Charl Schwartzel
Bubba Watson
4. Winners of the British Open in the last five calendar years and current year:
Stewart Cink
Ernie Els
Louis Oosthuizen
5. Winners of THE TOUR Championship in the last three years and current year
Jim Furyk
Bill Haas
6. Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three years and current year:
Luke Donald Ian Poulter Adam Scott
Hunter Mahan Justin Rose Nick Watney
Geoff Ogilvy
7. Leader from the final FedExCup Points List in each of the last five calendar years:
Vijay Singh
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:
Stephen Ames J.J. Henry Carl Pettersson
Stuart Appleby John Huh Scott Piercy
Arjun Atwal Fredrik Jacobson D.A. Points
Aaron Baddeley Dustin Johnson Ted Potter Jr.
Cameron Beckman Anthony Kim Rory Sabbatini
Matt Bettencourt Chris Kirk Heath Slocum
Jonas Blixt Martin Laird Brandt Snedeker
Jason Bohn Derek Lamely Scott Stallings
Michael Bradley Marc Leishman Kyle Stanley
Jonathan Byrd Justin Leonard Brendan Steele
Ben Crane Bill Lunde Steve Stricker
Ben Curtis George McNeill David Toms
Jason Day Rocco Mediate Jhonattan Vegas
Jason Dufner Bryce Molder Camilo Villegas
Rickie Fowler Ryan Moore Johnson Wagner
Harrison Frazar Kevin Na Lee Westwood
Robert Garrigus Sean O'Hair Mark Wilson
Brian Gay Ryan Palmer Gary Woodland
Charley Hoffman Kenny Perry Tommy Gainey
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:
Scott Hoch
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.
David Hutsell
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
Tom Watson
18. Top 30 on the previous years FedExCup points list.
Chez Reavie
John Senden
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:
Spencer Levin Kevin Streelman Tim Herron
Pat Perez J.J. Henry  
Jeff Overton David Hearn Steve Marino
Brendon de Jonge Greg Chalmers Scott Verplank
Tom Gillis Robert Karlsson Charlie Wi
Retief Goosen Brandt Jobe Chad Campbell
Billy Mayfair Robert Allenby Blake Adams
Josh Teater Jerry Kelly Chris Stroud
Kevin Stadler J.B. Holmes Hunter Haas
Chris DiMarco Paul Goydos Ryuji Imada
James Driscoll John Rollins Ricky Barnes
Joe Ogilvie Kris Blanks Troy Matteson
David Mathis Kevin Chappell Briny Baird
John Merrick Jimmy Walker Nick O'Hern
Sunghoon Kang Cameron Tringale Michael Thompson
Tom Pernice Jr. Andres Romero Chris Couch
Rod Pampling Brian Davis D.J. Trahan
20. Players who finished in the Top 125 on the 2010 PGA TOUR Money List as non-members:
Bud Cauley
21. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension.
Graham DeLaet Hank Kuehne Dudley Hart
Bob Estes Jesper Parnevik Kevin Sutherland
Bart Bryant Jose Coceres Wes Short, Jr.
Joey Snyder Arron Oberholser Jeff Klauk
22. Leading Money Winner from 2011 Web.com Tour.
J.J. Killeen
23. Leading money winner from Web.com Tour medical
Patrick Moore
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:
Ken Duke Brendon Todd Gavin Coles
Matt Every Billy Hurley III Russell Knox
Seung-Yul Noh Charlie Beljan Patrick Sheehan
Sang-Moon Bae Scott Brown Steve Wheatcroft
Daniel Summerhays Alexandre Rocha Mathew Goggin
William McGirt Bobby Gates Scott Dunlap
Greg Owen Jarrod Lyle Tommy Biershenk
John Mallinger Kyle Reifers Daniel Chopra
Martin Flores Erik Compton Marco Dawson
Harris English Kevin Kisner Edward Loar
Brian Harman Nathan Green Stephen Gangluff
Colt Knost Mark Anderson Neal Lancaster
Troy Kelly Richard H. Lee Kyle Thompson
Will Claxton Jason Kokrak Peter Tomasulo
Roberto Castro Danny Lee Carl Paulson
Jeff Maggert Miguel Angel Carballo David Berganio Jr.
Gary Christian Garth Mulroy Joe Affrunti
Vaughn Taylor

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:
Dean Wilson
29.Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior year's money list (126-150):
Roland Thatcher Billy Horschel
Steven Bowditch Garrett Willis
Matt Jones Scott McCarron
Steve Flesch Tim Petrovic
Paul Casey Zack Miller
Matt McQuillan
30.Nonexempt, major medical/family crisis:
Alex Cejka
31. Reorder Categories 32-36
Dicky Pride Shaun Micheel Robert Damron
Ryo Ishikawa Marc Turnesa Omar Uresti
Boo Weekley Richard S. Johnson Jason Gore
Peter Hanson Skip Kendall Craig Barlow
Joe Durant Corey Pavin Ted Purdy
John Daly Kent Jones Guy Boros
Lee Janzen Brent Wetterich Jose Maria Olazabal
Todd Hamilton Will MacKenzie Len Mattiace
Fred Couples Paul Stankowski Gene Sauers
Duffy Waldorf Tom Lehman Steve Lowery
Rich Beem Fred Funk Mark Brooks
Chris Riley Willie Wood Eric Axley
Mark Calcavecchia Glen Day Peter Lonard
Woody Austin Robert Gamez Kirk Triplett
Michael Allen David Duval
Frank Lickliter II Brett Quigley
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.