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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. The 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs will begin on August 8, and conclude on August 25, 2019.

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

Contents

Changes from the previous seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

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]

EventsEdit

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]

RulesEdit

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 moneyEdit

As well as changes to individual tournament prize funds, the FedEx Cup postseason bonus money increased by $25 million to $60 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). The Tour Championship will no longer have its own separate prize fund.

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]

ScheduleEdit

Official eventsEdit

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   Kevin Tway (1) 28 6,400,000 1,152,000
Oct 14 CIMB Classic Malaysia   Marc Leishman (4) 48 7,000,000 1,260,000 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
Oct 21 CJ Cup South Korea   Brooks Koepka (5) 54 9,500,000 1,710,000
Oct 28 WGC-HSBC Champions China   Xander Schauffele (3) 66 10,000,000 1,700,000 World Golf Championships
Oct 28 Sanderson Farms Championship Mississippi   Cameron Champ (1) 24 4,400,000 792,000 Alternate event
Nov 4 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada   Bryson DeChambeau (5) 40 7,000,000 1,260,000
Nov 11 Mayakoba Golf Classic Mexico   Matt Kuchar (8) 40 7,200,000 1,296,000
Nov 18 RSM Classic Georgia   Charles Howell III (3) 24 6,400,000 1,152,000
Jan 6 Sentry Tournament of Champions Hawaii   Xander Schauffele (4) 56 6,500,000 1,300,000 Winners-only event
Jan 13 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii   Matt Kuchar (9) 50 6,400,000 1,152,000
Jan 20 Desert Classic California   Adam Long (1) 42 5,900,000 1,062,000 Celebrity pro-am
Jan 27 Farmers Insurance Open California   Justin Rose (10) 60 7,100,000 1,278,000
Feb 3 Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona   Rickie Fowler (5) 56 7,100,000 1,278,000
Feb 11[n 1] AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am California   Phil Mickelson (44) 46 7,600,000 1,368,000 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 17 Genesis Open California   J. B. Holmes (5) 64 7,400,000 1,332,000
Feb 24 WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico   Dustin Johnson (20) 72 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Feb 24 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico   Martin Trainer (1) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Mar 3 The Honda Classic Florida   Keith Mitchell (1) 48 6,800,000 1,224,000
Mar 10 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida   Francesco Molinari (3) 64 9,100,000 1,638,000 Invitational
Mar 17 The Players Championship Florida   Rory McIlroy (15) 80 12,500,000 2,250,000 Flagship event
Mar 24 Valspar Championship Florida   Paul Casey (3) 50 6,700,000 1,206,000
Mar 31 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Texas   Kevin Kisner (3) 76 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Mar 31 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship Dominican Republic   Graeme McDowell (4) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Apr 7 Valero Texas Open Texas   Corey Conners (1) 40 7,500,000 1,350,000 Won as a Monday qualifier
Apr 14 Masters Tournament Georgia   Tiger Woods (81) 100 11,500,000 2,070,000 Major championship
Apr 21 RBC Heritage South Carolina   Pan Cheng-tsung (1) 58 6,900,000 1,242,000 Invitational
Apr 28 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana   Ryan Palmer (4) &
  Jon Rahm (3)
n/a 7,300,000 1,051,200
(each)
Team event
May 5 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina   Max Homa (1) 50 7,900,000 1,422,000
May 12 AT&T Byron Nelson Texas   Kang Sung-hoon (1) 40 7,900,000 1,422,000
May 19 PGA Championship New York   Brooks Koepka (6) 100 11,000,000 1,980,000 Major championship
May 26 Charles Schwab Challenge Texas   Kevin Na (3) 54 7,300,000 1,314,000 Invitational
Jun 2 The Memorial Tournament Ohio   Patrick Cantlay (2) 68 9,100,000 1,638,000 Invitational
Jun 9 RBC Canadian Open Ontario   Rory McIlroy (16) 48 7,600,000 1,368,000
Jun 16 U.S. Open California   Gary Woodland (4) 100 12,500,000 2,250,000 Major championship
Jun 23 Travelers Championship Connecticut   Chez Reavie (2) 58 7,200,000 1,296,000
Jun 30 Rocket Mortgage Classic Michigan   Nate Lashley (1) 46 7,300,000 1,314,000 New tournament
Jul 7 3M Open Minnesota   Matthew Wolff (1) 44 6,400,000 1,152,000 New tournament
Won on sponsor exemption
Jul 14 John Deere Classic Illinois   Dylan Frittelli (1) 24 6,000,000 1,080,000
Jul 21 The Open Championship
(British Open)
Northern Ireland   Shane Lowry (2) 100 10,750,000 1,935,000 Major championship
Jul 21 Barbasol Championship Kentucky   Jim Herman (2) 24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Jul 28 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Tennessee   Brooks Koepka (7) 72 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Jul 28 Barracuda Championship Nevada   Collin Morikawa (1) 24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Aug 4 Wyndham Championship North Carolina   J. T. Poston (1) 44 6,200,000 1,116,000
Aug 11 The Northern Trust New Jersey   Patrick Reed (7) 76 9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 18 BMW Championship Illinois   72 9,250,000 1,665,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 25 Tour Championship Georgia   (none)[n 2] FedEx Cup Playoffs
  1. ^ Finished on Monday due to darkness.
  2. ^ The Tour Championship has no stand-alone purse and does not carry official money; the tournament directly determines the assignment of the FedEx Cup bonus pool money, including $15,000,000 to the winner.[12]

Unofficial eventsEdit

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 The Match: Tiger vs. Phil[13] Nevada   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   Jon Rahm 48 3,500,000 1,000,000 18-player field
Dec 9 QBE Shootout Florida   Patton Kizzire &
  Brian Harman
n/a 3,300,000 410,000
(each)
12 two-player teams
Dec 16 PNC Father-Son Challenge Florida   Davis Love III
& Dru Love
n/a 1,085,000 200,000 20 two-player teams

Location of tournamentsEdit

FedEx CupEdit

Points distributionEdit

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

LeadersEdit

FedEx Cup standing of the 30 leading players correct as at August 11, 2019 (after completion of The Northern Trust):

Pos. Player Players & Majors World Golf Champ. Top 10s in other PGA Tour events Regular
season
points
Playoffs[a] Total
points
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 Start Final Basic Wynd.
Top10
FedEx
Bonus
1   Koepka T56 T2 1st 2nd T4 T16 T27 T56 1st 1st T2 4th 2,887 T30 2,980 19 9.61 2.00[d]
2   Reed T47 T36 CUT T32 10th T7 T14 T24 T12 T5 774 1st 2,774 23 3.48
3   McIlroy 1st T21 T8 T9 CUT T54 2nd T9 T4 T4 T5 T4 T6 T9 1st 2,315 T6 2,670 17 7.67 1.50
4   Kuchar T26 T12 T8 T16 T41 A 50th 2nd T43 1st 1st T4 T7 2nd T4 2,313 CUT 2,313 20 6.27 1.20
5   Rahm T12 T9 CUT T3 T11 T22 T45 T24 7th T8 6th T5 T10 T9 T6 1st 1,447 T3 2,097 18 4.64 0.50
6   Cantlay CUT T9 T3 T21 T41 T7 T6 T24 T12 2nd T9 T3 1st 1,730 T12 1,957 19 5.12 0.85
7   Schauffele CUT T2 T16 T3 T41 1st T14 T24 T27 1st T10 1,858 CUT 1,858 19 5.50 1.10
8   Ancer T12 A T16 T49 CUT A T39 T17 A T5 T4 T8 622 2nd 1,822 25 2.62
9   Woodland T30 T32 T8 1st CUT A T17 T17 T55 T5 2nd T10 2nd T9 T7 1,795 T52 1,820 22 5.63 1.00
10   D Johnson T5 T2 2nd T35 T51 T30 1st T40 T20 T4 T9 T6 1,686 T24 1,819 17 5.51 0.70
11   Simpson T16 T5 T29 T16 T30 A T39 T56 2nd 3rd T8 T2 2nd 1,619 T18 1,807 19 4.61 0.55
12   Rose T8 CUT T29 T3 T20 3rd A T9 11th 1st 3rd 1,423 T10 1,713 15 4.34
13   Casey CUT CUT T29 T21 T57 T16 T3 T9 T27 2nd 1st T4 T5 1,629 A 1,629 20 4.18 0.60
14   Scott T12 T18 T8 T7 CUT T18 A A T40 T10 2nd T7 2nd 1,124 5th 1,564 16 3.83
15   Thomas T35 T12 A CUT T11 A 9th T24 T12 T5 3rd 3rd 2nd 1,247 T12 1,475 18 3.35
16   Leishman CUT T49 CUT T35 CUT A T62 T9 3rd 1st T4 T3 T4 5th 1,415 CUT 1,415 19 3.77
17   Fowler T47 T9 T36 T43 T6 A T36 A A T4 1st T2 T4 1,391 CUT 1,391 18 3.75
18   Reavie CUT A T14 T3 CUT T35 T65 T56 T27 T7 T3 T4 1st 1,309 T38 1,373 26 3.64
19   Finau T22 T5 T64 CUT 3rd 2nd T25 T40 T27 2nd 1,279 T30 1,371 23 3.90
20   DeChambeau T20 T29 CUT T35 CUT A T56 T40 T48 1st 7th T10 T8 T2 1,203 T24 1,336 19 3.16
21   Kisner T22 T21 CUT T49 T30 A T27 1st T27 T7 T5 1,098 T12 1,325 23 3.23
22   Snedeker T5 CUT T16 77th CUT T30 A T24 T27 T2 T4 T5 934 T6 1,289 25 2.77
23   Howell III T35 T32 T41 T52 A A T14 T24 A T5 1st T8 6th T6 1,279 CUT 1,279 25 3.00
24   Fleetwood T5 T36 T48 T65 2nd T7 T19 T24 T4 T3 2nd 1,193 T43 1,234 16 3.66
25   Lowry CUT CUT T8 T28 1st A T62 T24 A T3 T2 1,137 T52 1,162 13 3.47
26   Im CUT A CUT A CUT A A A A T4 T7 T3 T4 T7 7th T6 1,097 T38 1,161 33 2.66
27   Conners T41 T46 T64 A CUT A A A T27 2nd T3 1st 962 T21 1,126 26 2.62
28   Oosthuizen T56 T29 T60 T7 T20 A T25 T5 T20 T5 T2 754 T6 1,109 17 2.34
29   Varner III CUT A T36 A A A A A A T6 T10 458 T3 1,108 25 1.53
30   Putnam CUT A T78 T43 T32 T4 A T40 T24 2nd T3 873 T12 1,100 22 2.41
  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 $60m FedEx Cup postseason bonus money is distributed based upon standings after the Tour Championship.
  4. ^ Koepka also won a further $1m by topping the Aon Risk Reward Challenge standings.

Ref:[14][15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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