2019 PGA Tour

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2018–19 PGA Tour season
DurationOctober 4, 2018 (2018-10-04) – August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)
Number of official events46
2019–20

The 2019 PGA Tour is the 104th season of the PGA Tour, and the 52nd since separating from the PGA of America. The season began on October 4, 2018.

Changes from the previous season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule contains 46 events, two fewer than the previous season. The schedule was shortened in an effort to complete the FedEx Cup Playoffs by the end of August.

As announced in 2017, the PGA Championship was moved from August to May on the weekend before Memorial Day, starting in 2019. The PGA of America cited the addition of golf to the Summer Olympics, as well as cooler weather enabling a wider array of options for host courses, as reasoning for the change. It was also believed that the PGA Tour wished to re-align its season so that the FedEx Cup Playoffs would not have to compete with the start of football season in late-August. Consequently, The Players Championship was moved from May back to March for the first time since 2006.[1][2][3][4]

Events[edit]

On hiatus: The Houston Open and Greenbrier Classic are not included in the shortened season, but they return in autumn of 2019 as part of the 2020 PGA Tour schedule.[5]

New: Two new events were added to the schedule: the Rocket Mortgage Classic, played at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan, and the 3M Open, played at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

Relocations: The WGC Invitational was relocated from Akron, Ohio to Memphis, Tennessee when FedEx took over sponsorship of the event. Firestone Country Club no longer hosts a PGA Tour event, but the Senior Players Championship is now contested there, with Bridgestone taking over as that event's title sponsor.[6]

Cancelled: The FedEx St. Jude Classic ceased now that the relocated WGC event, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, is played at the Classic's former location in Memphis. Quicken Loans National, played in the Washington, D.C. area, no longer appears on the PGA Tour schedule. The FedEx Cup playoff event, Dell Technologies Championship, has also been removed from the schedule with the number of playoff events reducing to three. The Northern Trust will now alternate between New Jersey, and Boston (the site of the Dell Technologies Championship).[7]

Rules[edit]

From January 1, 2019 onwards, tournaments followed the new rules released by the USGA and the R&A which were designed to speed up the pace of play. The most noticeable changes included golfers being able to putt on the green with the flag remaining in, and drops being made from knee rather than shoulder height.[8]

Prize money[edit]

As well as changes to individual tournament prize funds, the FedEx Cup bonus money doubled to $70 million, with the FedEx Cup champion getting $15 million. The winner of the Tour Championship will be the FedEx Cup champion. The Tour Championship begins with each player having an adjusted score relative to par which relates to the amount of FedEx Cup points accumulated (previously the Tour Championship was structured similar to other tournaments, and awarded FedEx Cup points).

In addition, the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 is introduced, a $10 million bonus to be divided among the FedEx Cup top 10 regular season finishers.[9]

The tour also introduced the Aon Risk Reward Challenge. In most tournaments, a single hole is allocated to contribute to the challenge. A player's best two scores from every participating event a player competes in throughout the season is used. The player with the lowest average to par score wins $1m. The initiative is replicated on the LPGA Tour.[10]

Schedule[edit]

Official events[edit]

The following table lists official events for 2018–19.[11]

Date Tournament Location Winner OWGR
points
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Oct 7 Safeway Open California United States Kevin Tway (1) 28 6,400,000 1,152,000
Oct 14 CIMB Classic Malaysia Australia Marc Leishman (4) 48 7,000,000 1,260,000 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
Oct 21 CJ Cup South Korea United States Brooks Koepka (5) 54 9,500,000 1,710,000
Oct 28 WGC-HSBC Champions China United States Xander Schauffele (3) 66 10,000,000 1,700,000 World Golf Championships
Oct 28 Sanderson Farms Championship Mississippi United States Cameron Champ (1) 24 4,400,000 792,000 Alternate event
Nov 4 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada United States Bryson DeChambeau (5) 40 7,000,000 1,260,000
Nov 11 Mayakoba Golf Classic Mexico United States Matt Kuchar (8) 40 7,200,000 1,296,000
Nov 18 RSM Classic Georgia United States Charles Howell III (3) 24 6,400,000 1,152,000
Jan 6 Sentry Tournament of Champions Hawaii United States Xander Schauffele (4) 56 6,500,000 1,300,000 Winners-only event
Jan 13 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii United States Matt Kuchar (9) 50 6,400,000 1,152,000
Jan 20 Desert Classic California United States Adam Long (1) 42 5,900,000 1,062,000 Celebrity pro-am
Jan 27 Farmers Insurance Open California England Justin Rose (10) 60 7,100,000 1,278,000
Feb 3 Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona United States Rickie Fowler (5) 56 7,100,000 1,278,000
Feb 11[n 1] AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am California United States Phil Mickelson (44) 46 7,600,000 1,368,000 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 17 Genesis Open California United States J. B. Holmes (5) 64 7,400,000 1,332,000
Feb 24 WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico United States Dustin Johnson (20) 72 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Feb 24 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico United States Martin Trainer (1) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Mar 3 The Honda Classic Florida United States Keith Mitchell (1) 48 6,800,000 1,224,000
Mar 10 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida Italy Francesco Molinari (3) 64 9,100,000 1,638,000 Invitational
Mar 17 The Players Championship Florida Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (15) 80 12,500,000 2,250,000 Flagship event
Mar 24 Valspar Championship Florida England Paul Casey (3) 50 6,700,000 1,206,000
Mar 31 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Texas United States Kevin Kisner (3) 76 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Mar 31 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship Dominican Republic Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell (4) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Apr 7 Valero Texas Open Texas Canada Corey Conners (1) 40 7,500,000 1,350,000 Won as a Monday qualifier
Apr 14 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Tiger Woods (81) 100 11,500,000 2,070,000 Major championship
Apr 21 RBC Heritage South Carolina Taiwan Pan Cheng-tsung (1) 58 6,900,000 1,242,000 Invitational
Apr 28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana n/a 7,500,000 1,080,000
(each)
Team event
May 5 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina 7,900,000 1,422,000
May 12 AT&T Byron Nelson Texas 7,900,000 1,422,000
May 19 PGA Championship New York 100 11,000,000 1,980,000 Major championship
May 26 Charles Schwab Challenge Texas 7,300,000 1,314,000 Invitational
Jun 2 The Memorial Tournament Ohio 9,100,000 1,638,000 Invitational
Jun 9 RBC Canadian Open Ontario 7,600,000 1,368,000
Jun 16 U.S. Open California 100 12,000,000 2,160,000 Major championship
Jun 23 Travelers Championship Connecticut 7,200,000 1,296,000
Jun 30 Rocket Mortgage Classic Michigan 7,300,000 1,314,000 New tournament
Jul 7 3M Open Minnesota 6,400,000 1,152,000 New tournament
Jul 14 John Deere Classic Illinois 6,000,000 1,080,000
Jul 21 The Open Championship Northern Ireland 100 10,500,000 1,890,000 Major championship
Jul 21 Barbasol Championship Kentucky 24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Jul 28 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Tennessee 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Jul 28 Barracuda Championship Nevada 24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Aug 4 Wyndham Championship North Carolina 6,200,000 1,166,000
Aug 11 The Northern Trust New Jersey 9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 18 BMW Championship Illinois 9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 25 Tour Championship Georgia 9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
  1. ^ Finished on Monday due to darkness.

Unofficial events[edit]

The following events do not carry FedEx Cup points or official money.

Date Tournament Location Winner(s) OWGR
points
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Nov 23 Tiger vs. Phil[12] Nevada United States Phil Mickelson n/a 9,000,000 9,000,000
2 man event
Nov 25 World Cup of Golf Australia  Belgium
Thomas Pieters & Thomas Detry
n/a 7,000,000 1,120,000
(each)
28 two-man teams
Dec 2 Hero World Challenge Bahamas Spain Jon Rahm 48 3,500,000 1,000,000 18-player field
Dec 9 QBE Shootout Florida United States Patton Kizzire &
United States Brian Harman
n/a 3,300,000 410,000
(each)
12 two-player teams
Dec 16 PNC Father-Son Challenge Florida United States Davis Love III
& Dru Love
n/a 1,085,000 200,000 20 two-player teams

Location of tournaments[edit]

FedEx Cup[edit]

Points distribution[edit]

The distribution of points for 2019 PGA Tour events is:

Finishing position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 20th 30th 40th 50th 60th
Majors & Players Championship 600 330 210 150 120 110 100 94 88 82 51 32 18 10 6
World Golf Championships 550 315 200 140 115 105 95 89 83 78 51 32 18 10 6
Other PGA Tour events 500 300 190 135 110 100 90 85 80 75 45 28 16 8.5 5
Team event (each player) 400 163 105 88 78 68 59 54 50 46 17 5 2 0 0
Alternate events 300 165 105 80 65 60 55 50 45 40 28 17 10 5 3
Playoff events 2000 1200 760 540 440 400 360 340 320 300 180 112 64 34 20

Tour Championship starting strokes, based on position in the FedEx Cup rankings after the BMW Championship:

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th–10th 11th–15th 16th–20th 21st–25th 26th–30th
Starting strokes −10 −8 −7 −6 −5 −4 −3 −2 −1 Par

Leaders[edit]

FedEx Cup standing of the 30 leading players correct as at April 21, 2019 (after completion of the RBC Heritage):

Pos. Player Players & Majors World Golf Championships Top 10s in other PGA Tour events Reg. season
points
Playoffs[a] Tour Champ.[b] Tmts Money ($m)[c]
Nat. Name Ply Mas PGA USO Opn Cha Mex MP Inv 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NoTr BMW Points Start Final Basic Top10 FedEx
1 United States Kuchar T26 T12 A 50th 2nd 1st 1st T4 T7 2nd 2,030 13 5.39
2 United States Schauffele CUT T2 1st T14 T24 1st T10 1,562 12 4.49
3 Northern Ireland McIlroy 1st T21 T54 2nd T9 T4 T5 T4 T6 1,457 9 4.85
4 England Casey CUT CUT T16 T3 T9 2nd 1st 1,261 12 3.2
5 United States D Johnson T5 T2 T30 1st T40 T4 T9 T6 1,242 10 3.97
6 United States Koepka T56 T2 T16 T27 T56 1st T2 1,112 9 3.53
7 United States Woodland T30 T32 A T17 T17 T5 2nd T10 2nd T9 T7 1,102 14 3.02
8 United States Fowler T47 T9 A T36 A T4 1st T2 1,088 10 2.85
9 United States Howell III T35 T32 A T14 T24 T5 1st T8 6th 1,086 15 2.6
10 United States Thomas T35 T12 A 9th T24 T5 3rd 3rd 2nd 1,064 11 2.75
11 Australia Leishman CUT T49 A T62 T9 1st T4 T3 T4 1,050 12 2.68
12 Italy Molinari T56 T5 T43 T17 3rd 1st 909 8 3.03
13 United States Cantlay CUT T9 T7 T6 T24 2nd T9 T3 905 11 2.32
14 United States Kisner T22 T21 A T27 1st T7 893 13 2.54
15 United States Woods T30 1st A T10 T5 888 6 2.8
16 United States Mickelson CUT T18 A T39 T40 T2 1st 886 10 2.29
17 England Rose T8 CUT 3rd A T9 1st 877 7 2.43
18 Canada Conners T41 T46 A A A 2nd T3 1st 857 15 2.27
19 United States DeChambeau T20 T29 A T56 T40 1st 7th T10 815 10 2.12
20 United States Mitchell T47 T43 A A T40 1st T6 772 15 2.02
21 United States Holmes CUT T62 A A T17 9th 1st 764 13 1.94
22 South Korea Im CUT A A A A T4 T7 T3 T4 T7 745 19 1.82
23 Spain Rahm T12 T9 T22 T45 T24 T8 6th T5 T10 T9 T6 736 11 2.02
24 South Korea SW Kim T56 T21 A A T61 T10 T4 3rd T4 710 16 1.83
25 United States Finau T22 T5 2nd T25 T40 701 12 2.17
26 Taiwan Pan T72 A T22 A A 1st 693 15 1.68
27 United States Furyk 2nd A A A T17 T6 T9 692 11 2.19
28 United States Tway CUT T36 A A A 1st 671 14 1.52
29 United States Kokrak T47 A A A A T9 T10 T2 T7 670 13 1.61
30 United States Glover CUT A A A A T7 T7 T4 T10 662 13 1.63
  1. ^ The top 125 point scorers in the regular season retain their tour card for the following season, and qualify for The Northern Trust. The top 70 points scorers after The Northern Trust qualify for the BMW Championship.
  2. ^ The top 30 point scorers after the BMW Championship qualify for the Tour Championship. Each player begins with a score adjustment to par determined by their point ranking, the lowest scorers in the Tour Championship in addition to this adjustment win the FedEx Cup.
  3. ^ In addition to tournament prize money, the top ten regular season point scorers receive a share of a $10m bonus, and the $70m FedEx Cup bonus money is distributed based upon standings after the Tour Championship.

Ref:[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Shedloski, Dave (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "P.G.A. Championship Will Move from August to May in 2019". The New York Times. Reuters. August 8, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Herrington, Ryan (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "2018-19 PGA Tour golf schedule sees major changes, including big events being moved". CBS Sports. July 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Senior Players Champ. replacing WGC at Firestone". Golf Channel. April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Northern Trust to call New York/New Jersey home in 2019, Boston home in 2020". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Herrington, Ryan (December 3, 2018). "Nine changes in the new Rules of Golf you absolutely need to know for 2019". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "FedEx Cup Purse Rises to $70 Million, Winner to Take Home $15 Million". Sports Illustrated. September 18, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "Understand the risk. Realise the reward". Aon. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "PGA Tour unveils significantly revamped 2018-19 Season schedule". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Murray, Ewan (November 22, 2018). "Woods v Mickelson is a $9m vulgar marketing exercise". The Guardian. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "FedExCup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 24, 2019.

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