2019 PGA Tour
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.
|Duration||October 4, 2018– August 25, 2019|
|Number of official events||46|
Changes from the previous seasonEdit
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The following table lists official events for 2018–19.
- Finished on Monday due to darkness.
- 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 $15,000,000 to the winner.
The following events do not carry FedEx Cup points or official money.
|Nov 23||The Match: Tiger vs. Phil||Nevada||Phil Mickelson||n/a||9,000,000||9,000,000
||2 man event|
|Nov 25||World Cup of Golf||Australia|| Belgium
Thomas Pieters & Thomas Detry
|28 two-man teams|
|Dec 2||Hero World Challenge||Bahamas||Jon Rahm||48||3,500,000||1,000,000||18-player field|
|Dec 9||QBE Shootout||Florida|| Patton Kizzire &
|12 two-player teams|
|Dec 16||PNC Father-Son Challenge||Florida|| Davis Love III
& Dru Love
|n/a||1,085,000||200,000||20 two-player teams|
Location of tournamentsEdit
The distribution of points for 2019 PGA Tour events is:
|Majors & Players Championship||600||330||210||150||120||110||100||94||88||82||51||32||18||10||6|
|World Golf Championships||550||315||200||140||115||105||95||89||83||78||51||32||18||10||6|
|Other PGA Tour events||500||300||190||135||110||100||90||85||80||75||45||28||16||8.5||5|
|Team event (each player)||400||163||105||88||78||68||59||54||50||46||17||5||2||0||0|
|Pos.||Player||Players & Majors||World Golf Champ.||Top 10s in other PGA Tour events||Regular
|Tour Champ.[b]||Tmts||Money ($m)[c]|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Koepka also won a further $1m by topping the Aon Risk Reward Challenge standings.
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- Shedloski, Dave (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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- Herrington, Ryan (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
- "2018-19 PGA Tour golf schedule sees major changes, including big events being moved". CBS Sports. July 10, 2018.
- "Senior Players Champ. replacing WGC at Firestone". Golf Channel. April 12, 2018.
- "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.
- 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.
- "FedEx Cup Purse Rises to $70 Million, Winner to Take Home $15 Million". Sports Illustrated. September 18, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- "Understand the risk. Realise the reward". Aon. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- "PGA Tour unveils significantly revamped 2018-19 Season schedule". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018.
- "Explaining how the PGA Tour handles the new Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup bonus money". Golf News Net. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- Murray, Ewan (November 22, 2018). "Woods v Mickelson is a $9m vulgar marketing exercise". The Guardian. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- "FedExCup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- "Official Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 24, 2019.