PGA Tour

The PGA Tour ( official spelling: PGA TOUR ) is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States. It operates the most important golf tour of the U.S. in 3 levels ( Levels):

  • The PGA Tour, the top-level tour ( 270 million U.S. $ prize money - as of 2010 - by far the most lucrative tournament series in the world )
  • The Tour, the second-level tour
  • The Champions Tour Professionals for over 50 years

In the recent time, the PGA Tour had to accept high-level losses. Unlike in previous years, the prize money throughout the tournament series fell slightly. In 2008, 280 million to win 2009 or 274 million U.S. dollars. Also not to increase American professional series was the end of 2010 with the announcement of several top European players to want to play fewer tournaments in the USA. Rory McIlroy announced his intention to return his PGA Tour card. Previously, already the world ranking first Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari announced to want to focus on the European Tour.

The PGA Tour holds a year in autumn a qualifying tournament, the Q- School about 6 laps, with the first 30, including 30 shared courses, the eligibility for the following year to the top-level tour receive. Furthermore eligible to play the first 20 of the Nationwide Tour and the first annual ranking of the 125 top-level annual ranking PGA Tour Money Leaders.

In some tournaments, however, called Invitational, only the first 70 PGA Tour Money Leaders are eligible to play.

Participants in the current Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup will automatically receive the full entitlement for two seasons.

For the Champions Tour 's qualifying criteria apply.

First, the professional tournament players were organized into a separate section of the PGA of America, however, was to be expected with advent of the golf boom in the 1960s that a separate organization with professional structures was needed. So it was in 1968 establishing the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour does not operate any women's tournament series in the United States, these are carried out by the independent LPGA. In principle, women could participate in tournaments on the PGA Tour, where the qualification criteria are provided by the respective organizer or ( sponsor) an invitation is issued. Suzy Whaley succeeded so far the only woman to qualify, of invitations could, inter alia, Babe Zaharias, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Michelle Wie benefit.

Winner of the money list since 1980

At the end of the season, the leader receives the money list since 1981, the Arnold Palmer Award.