How It Works
How it works: PGA TOUR University
PGA TOUR University bridges the gap between college golf and professional golf. College golf’s top players can earn membership through PGA TOUR University and have a guaranteed place to play immediately after their college careers are complete. The PGA TOUR University Ranking is the mechanism to determine which graduating seniors earn automatic access to PGA TOUR-sanctioned circuits.
"The PGA TOUR U team has done a tremendous job of giving us benefits and opportunities," said Ludvig Aberg, who competed in the 2023 Ryder Cup after finishing atop that year's PGA TOUR University Ranking. "If someone told me two or three years ago that I would have status right out of college I would be over the moon."
PGA TOUR University Ranking
In partnership with the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), PGA TOUR University ranks players based on the last two years of their collegiate careers. Eligible Tournaments include NCAA Division-I men’s team competitions, official PGA TOUR tournaments and select DP World Tour events.
Players competing in Eligible Tournaments earn points equivalent to the number of points awarded by WAGR®, except for the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship and professional Eligible Tournaments (as described in the Rules and Regulations).
A player’s “Points Average” is the average number of points he receives at each Eligible Tournament on his PGA TOUR University record, multiplied by 100. Each tournament is weighted equally (i.e., players’ Divisors are not aged on a sliding scale).
During the college golf season, the PGA TOUR University Ranking is updated weekly on Wednesdays. A player’s detailed record can be displayed by clicking his name on the Ranking page.
PGA TOUR University benefits
After the NCAA D-I Men’s National Championship in May, the top-25 players in the final PGA TOUR University Ranking earn membership on the PGA TOUR (No. 1), Korn Ferry Tour (Nos. 2-10), or PGA TOUR Americas (Nos. 11-25).
• The No. 1 player will earn PGA TOUR membership for the remainder of the current season, as well as the following season.
• Players finishing Nos. 2-5 are exempt on Korn Ferry Tour for the remainder of the current season, and they are exempt into Final Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry.
• Players finishing Nos. 6-10 earn conditional status on Korn Ferry Tour for the remainder of the current season, and exempt status for the North America Swing of PGA TOUR Americas. They are exempt into Second Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry.
• Players finishing Nos. 11-25 are exempt for the North America Swing of PGA TOUR Americas, and they are exempt into Second Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry.
PGA TOUR University Accelerated
While the PGA TOUR University Ranking features seniors, high-achieving freshmen, sophomores and juniors can earn PGA TOUR membership through PGA TOUR University Accelerated.
Players earn points based on their accomplishments in college, amateur and professional golf, and they will earn PGA TOUR membership if they amass at least 20 points by the end of their third year of NCAA eligibility.