Complete Knowledge of the PGA Tour
PGA Tour events, contracts with equipment companies, and how to become a PGA Tour representative are a few topics this article covers. You will also learn more about the average day for a PGA Tour rep, how to get started with the PGA tour, and the minimum number of tournaments a PGA tour member is required to participate in.
PGA Tour events
One of the most significant changes on the PGA Tour is announcing the 17 tournament series for the 2023 season. These will feature every player on tour. This will result in over $340 million in purses for the season.
The PGA Tour announced this schedule change after a meeting with players. Previously, the season was scheduled to end in September. But that will now be changed to a calendar year schedule. A complete set of events will be held from January through August, with the FedEx Cup playoffs at the end of the season.
In addition, the PGA Tour will be expanding its formal events. The tour has 17 formal events that rotate through existing PGA Tour tournaments. Most of these will have increased purses of $20 million.
These new elevated events will include the Travelers Championship, RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, and the Wells Fargo Championship. There are four more elevated tournaments yet to be determined.
Contracts with equipment companies
One of the essential things about golf equipment is the ball itself; when you’re playing at the highest level of the game, the ball matters.
PGA Tour has contracts with various manufacturers of golf equipment. Some players use free equipment, while others rely on guaranteed money.
Golf sponsorship contracts typically require a player to carry a certain number of sponsor-branded clubs in his bag, as well as other requirements. For instance, the company might require the player to display the logo of its brand on a shirt or hat.
In recent years, some PGA Tour players have signed new equipment deals. However, some have also opted to forego the guaranteed money.
Last season, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau did not reach the threshold of 15-18 PGA Tour events. Players outside this range will have to compete in alternate tournaments to boost their standing for the following season.
The PGA Tour has signed an agreement with MasterCard worth an estimated $36 million. It’s ranked seventh among the ten most prominent active sponsors in golf in 2022.
The average day for a rep
The average tour rep is one of many in town. Despite the adversity of the playing field, there are many unsung heroes in golf attire. They are often the first to show up in the morning and the last to leave late at night. A good one will never forget the name of their benefactor and will go the extra mile to earn your loyalty and trust. It’s no wonder the PGA Tour ranks among the top professional golf tours in the country. Having a dedicated staffer to assist with the myriad of tasks and questions is a luxury few players take for granted. So, congratulations on a job well done, and may the PGA Tour continue to bless you for years to come. Please make the most of it. Oh, and remember to drink the booze. You can’t have too much of a good thing. Oh, and the beer too.
PGA Tour member’s minimum number of tournaments
The minimum number of professional golfers must play the tournaments to maintain their status as a member. This usually translates to 20-30 matches a season.
The Tour’s priority ranking system is used to determine the fields for most of the tournaments on tour. Each year, the categories are reordered based on a player’s FedEx Cup points from the previous season.
The top 125 players on the FedEx Cup points list retain their tour cards through the end of the season. In addition, 75 players on the list are eligible to compete in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
While the FedEx Cup points list is the main priority for a tour player, the PGA Tour does recognize other events. These events are often called the “Silly Season” or “Challenge Season.”
Tournaments that the Tour does not recognize are considered alternate events. Generally, they have lower prize money than most PGA Tour tournaments. However, they are considered a better chance for players to move up on the priority list.
- Roger Hoit