2020–21 PGA Tour
The 2020–21 PGA Tour is the 106th season of the PGA Tour, and the 54th since separating from the PGA of America. The season began on September 10, 2020. The 2021 FedEx Cup Playoffs will begin on August 12, and conclude on August 29, 2021.
|Duration||September 10, 2020– August 29, 2021|
|Number of official events||50|
Because of rescheduling during the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be six major championships during the 2020–21 season, with two editions of both the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament, as well as the Tokyo Summer Olympics. As such, the PGA Tour is marketing this season as a "super season".
Changes from the previous seasonEdit
As a result of changes made due to COVID-19 pandemic, there are several changes to membership criteria for the 2020–21 season:
- The 2020–21 season and the preceding 2019–20 season will be regarded as one season for exemption purposes. This means that all players exempt for 2019–20 will retain the same exemption status for 2020–21, and existing exemptions for tournament and FedEx Cup winners will be extended by one season.
- With the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season having been extended through 2021, there are no graduates to the PGA Tour for 2020–21. However the leading 10 players in the Korn Ferry Tour points standings through the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship will be granted exemption to play in the Puerto Rico Open, the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship during 2021.
- Following the cancellation of ten tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA Tour announced that for 2021 the field of the Sentry Tournament of Champions would be expanded to include the 30 players qualifying for the 2020 Tour Championship in addition to tournament winners during the 2020 calendar year.
- The Puerto Rico Open, the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in March 2021, the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship will have their fields increased to 132 players.
- Due to concerns with the ongoing pandemic the pro-am sections of The American Express and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were canceled, with the tournaments being held as regular events over two courses instead of the usual three.
Status and FedEx Cup points changesEdit
- The 2020 editions of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship and the Bermuda Championship were elevated to full FedEx Cup point events, with winners earning a 2021 Masters Tournament invitation. The Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, held twice during the season, reverts to alternate event status in March 2021, when it will be held opposite the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
- The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament will offer 550 Fedex Cup points, increased from 500 points, the same as the World Golf Championships.
- The first two playoff events, The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship, will revert to four times the points of regular events, having been reduced to three times in the 2019–20 season after several tournaments were canceled.
- The Valspar Championship, which since 2007 had been held in March as part of a run of tournaments in Florida, was moved to late April, finishing on May 2.
No longer on the scheduleEdit
- The 2020 edition of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier was cancelled; the PGA Tour and the Greenbrier Resort also agreed to cancel the remainder of their contract, which had been set to end in 2026.
- The 2020 edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three of the major championships, the first two FedEx Cup playoff events and the RBC Canadian Open are routinely played at a different host course each year. For several other tournaments with regular host courses, there was also a change in venue for the 2020–21 season, some of them temporary.
- The Houston Open moves to Memorial Park Golf Course having been held at the Golf Club of Houston since 2003, and the AT&T Byron Nelson moves to TPC Craig Ranch having been held at Trinity Forest Golf Club since 2018.
- The Wells Fargo Championship, intended to be moved to a temporary host venue at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, will remain at its regular home of Quail Hollow Club in 2021; this is due to the President's Cup that is to be played at Quail Hollow being postponed until 2022.
- The CJ Cup was relocated from Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island, South Korea to Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada; the move was expected to be for one season only, owing to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- The Zozo Championship was played at Sherwood Country Club instead of Japan; the move, due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, was expected to be for one season only.
- Except for the major championships, which have fixed points allocations, points listed for tournaments that have not been completed are official projections based on the expected field and/or minimum points allocations. Final allocations are usually published the day after completion of all tournaments eligible for ranking points that week.
- Tournament originally part of the 2019–20 season before rescheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Pro-Am canceled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Moved from Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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 $15,000,000 to the winner.
The following events do not carry FedEx Cup points or official money.
|Ryder Cup||Wisconsin||Postponed||n/a||Two 12-man teams|
Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic
|Hero World Challenge||Bahamas||Canceled||–||–||–||18-player field|
|Dec 13||QBE Shootout||Florida|| Harris English &
|12 two-player teams|
|Aug 1||Olympic Games||Japan||n/a||60-player field|
Location of tournamentsEdit
The distribution of points for 2020–21 PGA Tour events is as follows:
|Majors & Players Championship||600||330||210||150||120||110||100||94||88||82||51||32||18||10||6|
|WGCs, Genesis, Arnold Palmer, and Memorial||550||315||200||140||115||105||95||89||83||78||51||32||18||10||6|
|Other PGA Tour events||500||300||190||135||110||100||90||85||80||75||45||28||16||8.5||5|
|Team event (each player)||400||163||105||88||78||68||59||54||50||46||17||5||2||0||0|
|Pos.||Player||Majors & The Players||WGCs, Genesis, Arnold Palmer, and Memorial||Top 10s in other PGA Tour events||Regular
|Tour C'ship[b]||Tmts||Money ($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.
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- Leonard, Tod (August 31, 2020). "Tour moves Zozo Championship from Japan to site of six Tiger Woods wins, Sherwood CC". Golf Digest. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
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