NEW ELIGIBILITY Effective For 2017 PGA TOUR Champions Season
(Field size: 78 Players)
1. Top 36 from Previous Year’s Charles Schwab Cup Points Standings
This goes to a floor of 54 on the final CSC Points list. Note: If a player finishes Top 54 on Final Money List but not Final Charles Schwab Cup Points list, he is added to the floor.
2. Top 8 from PGA TOUR Victories List
Must have at least 5 official PGA TOUR points to qualify for this category. All-Time Money will be used as a tie breaker. Majors are weighted to 3 points; non-major victories are weighted to 1 point.
3. Top 4 from PGA TOUR Champions Victories List
Must have at least 5 official PGA TOUR Champions points to qualify for this category. All-Time Money will be used as a tie-breaker. Majors are weighted to 2 points; non-major victories are weighted to 1 point.
4. Top 10 Available from the All-time Money List
The Top 10 available players from the All-Time Money List, if they are not otherwise eligible under Sections 1-4. This category goes to a hard floor of top 85 on the All-Time Money list.
5. Career Victory Category
A maximum of 2 players, aged 50 until their 51st birthday, who have a minimum of 4 PGA TOUR points.
6. Top 5 from National Qualifying Tournament
The Top 5 finishers from the previous year’s PGA TOUR Champions National Qualifying Tournament.
7. Top 4 from Event Qualifying
The Top 4 finishers from event qualifying of each open tournament.
8. Sponsor Exemptions - 5 Total
i. Three Restricted Spots
ii. Two Unrestricted Spots
9. Foreign Player Exemption Designated by the Commissioner
The Commissioner may elect to award one special exemption to a foreign born player.
10. Fill-the-Field Categories
The following players will gain entry into the tournament field. There is no limit to the number of players gaining entry to the field via Category 10.
i. All-Time Victory Category
ii. World Golf Hall of Fame members, not otherwise exempt
iii. Non-exempt tournament winners within the current or previous season
iv. If not otherwise eligible, players having been granted a Major Special Medical Exemption will gain entry into the tournament field
v. The highest Top-10 finisher from the previous full-field, open event
vi. Any player finishing in Top-36 Prior Year Money List that did not finish Top-36 Charles Schwab Cup Points list, not otherwise eligible
The alternate list for the tournament field will be filled, in order, by the floor of:
A. Section 1 (floor of 54 players)
B. Section 2 (floor of players with at least 5 points)
C. Section 3 (floor of players with at least 5 points)
D. Section 5 (Hard floor of 85 players)
E. PGA TOUR Career Victory Category
F. Special Medicals
G. Past Champions
H. Veteran Members
NOTE: All categories, excluding All-Time Victories, are subject to the scoring average for eligibility
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