COMMISSIONER: Timothy W. Finchem
PRESIDENT: Greg McLaughlin
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions 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. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
1980-2016. PGA TOUR Champions enters its 38th season in 2017.
PGA TOUR Champions tournaments generate significant sums of money for charity. In 2015, tournaments on all six Tours (PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, Mackenzie TOUR-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China) generated more than $140 million for local charitable organizations. The TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions exceeds $2.14 billion. PGA TOUR Champions charitable mission is an integral component of its value proposition, and charitable donations have a significant impact in the communities served by PGA TOUR Champions events.
In 2016, the new Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will be contested. Earnings by players in the 23 PGA TOUR Champions events leading up to the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will determine which players advance to the three-tournament series, which will be comprised of the PowerShares QQQ Championship (72 players), the Dominion Charity Classic (54 players) and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (36 players). At the completion of the 2016 SAS Championship, the leading 72 players on the 2016 money list will advance to the first Playoffs event. ‘Wildcard Weekend’ at the SAS Championship allows for one player that finishes in the top 10 on the week, but finishes outside the top 72 on the season-long money list, to advance to the Playoffs. A points system will commence at the beginning of the first Playoffs event. Each player’s current money total before the start of the first Playoffs event will become the equivalent number of points (e.g. $330,000 equals 330,000 points). Double points will be earned by each player competing in each of the first two Playoffs events and added to the existing points earned through the SAS Championship (e.g. if a player has earned $250,000 through the SAS Championship, then earns $132,000 – or 264,000 points - at the PowerShares QQQ Championship, his total points will be 514,000 points). This points total is cumulative through the Dominion Charity Classic before a reset of the points takes place in advance of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The reset will be similar to the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, which allows the leading five players the opportunity to claim the Charles Schwab Cup if they win the season finale, but also mathematically allows for the 36th-ranked player to win, depending on his performance at the final Playoffs event and the results of the remainder of the field.
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