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The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the main professional golf tours in the United Statesmarker. It is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Floridamarker, a suburb of Jacksonvillemarker. Its name is officially rendered in all-capital letters as "PGA TOUR".

The PGA Tour became a separate entity in 1968, branching off from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of club professionals. Tournament players formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG).Later in 1968, the tournament players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division," a fully autonomous division under the supervision of a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board. The name would officially change to the "PGA Tour" in 1975.

In 1981, the PGA Tour had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. Beginning in late August 1981, it became the TPA Tour, for the "Tournament Players Association." The disputed issues were resolved within seven months and the tour's name was changed back to the "PGA Tour" in March 1982.

Due to a multiplicity of similar names, it is worth emphasizing what the PGA Tour does and does not organize. The PGA Tour does not run any of the four major golf tournaments or the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, runs the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organizes the Ryder Cup with the PGA European Tour. The PGA Tour is not involved with the women's tours in the U.S.; they are controlled by the LPGA. The PGA Tour is also not the governing body for the game of golf in the United States; this, instead, is the role of the USGA, which organizes the U.S. Open. What the PGA Tour does organize are the remaining 43 (in 2009) week-to-week events, including The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup events, as well as the biennial Presidents Cup.

Tours operated by the PGA Tour

The PGA Tour operates the following three tours, all of which are primarily contested in the U.S.marker:

The PGA Tour also conducts an annual Qualifying Tournament (known colloquially as Q-School), a six-round tournament held each fall; the top 25 finishers, including ties, receive privileges to play on the following year's PGA Tour. Remaining finishers in the top 75, plus ties, receive full privileges on the Nationwide Tour.

The top 25 money-winners on the Nationwide Tour also receive privileges on the following year's PGA Tour. A golfer who wins three events on that tour in a calendar year earns a "performance promotion" (informally a "battlefield promotion") which garners PGA Tour privileges for the remainder of the year plus the following full season.

At the end of each year, the top 125 money-winners on the PGA Tour receive a tour card for the following season, which gives them exemption from qualifying for most of the next year's tournaments. However at some events, known as invitationals, exemptions apply only to the previous year's top 70 players. Players who are ranked between 126-150 receive a conditional tour card, which gives them priority for places that are not taken up by players with full cards.

Winning a PGA Tour event provides a tour card for a minimum of two years, with an extra year added for each additional win with a maximum of five years. Winning a World Golf Championships event or The Tour Championship provides a three-year exemption. Winners of the major championships and The Players Championship earn a five-year exemption. Other types of exemptions include lifetime exemptions for players with twenty wins on the tour; one-time, one year exemptions for players in the top fifty on the career money earnings list who are not otherwise exempt; two-time, one year exemptions for players in the top twenty-five on the career money list; and medical exemptions for players who have been injured, which give them an opportunity to regain their tour card after a period out of the tour.

Similar to other major league sports, there is no rule limiting PGA Tour players to "men only." In 2003, Annika Sörenstam and Suzy Whaley played in PGA Tour events, and Michelle Wie did so in each year from 2004 through 2008. None of these three made the cut, although Wie missed by only one stroke in 2004.

The LPGA like all other women's sports, is limited to female participants only.

The PGA Tour places a strong emphasis on charity fundraising, usually on behalf of local charities in cities where events are staged. With the exception of a few older events, PGA Tour rules require all Tour events to be non-profit; the Tour itself is also a non-profit company. In 2005, it started a campaign to push its all-time fundraising tally past one billion dollars ("Drive to a Billion"), and it reached that mark one week before the end of the season. However, monies raised for charities derive from the tournaments' positive revenues (if any), and not any actual monetary donation from the PGA Tour, whose purse monies and expenses are guaranteed.

There is also a PGA European Tour, which is separate from either the PGA Tour or the PGA of America; this organization runs a tour, mostly in Europe but with events throughout the world outside of North America, that is second only to the PGA Tour in worldwide prestige. There are several other regional tours around the world. However, the PGA Tour, European Tour, and many of the regional tours co-sponsor the World Golf Championships. These, along with the major championships, usually count toward the official money lists of each tour as well as the Official World Golf Rankings.

Television and radio coverage

In January 2006, the PGA Tour announced a new set of television deals covering 2007 to 2012. CBS Sports will remain the main carrier of PGA Tour golf, and will increase its events from 16 to 19 per season. NBC Sports will increase its coverage from 5 to 10 events. The Golf Channel will be the Tour's cable partner on a 15-year contract, providing early round coverage of all official money events and four round coverage of a few events at the beginning and towards the end of the season. These deals do not cover the major championships as the PGA Tour does not own the rights to them. The broadcast television rights to the majors are held by CBS (The Mastersmarker and PGA Championship), NBC (U.S. Open), and ESPN (The Open Championship). (NBC is the only major broadcast network to offer four days of major coverage over the air.) Beginning in 2010, ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of the British Open. ESPN and Turner Sports are the broadcast networks' cable partners for the other majors, with ESPN providing coverage of the first and second rounds of The Masters and U.S. Open and TNT covering the PGA Championship.

The fees involved were not mentioned in the press release, but it stated, "total prize money and other financial benefits to players will increase approximately $600 million over the term as compared to the previous six years, a 35-percent increase".

The PGA Tour is also covered extensively outside the United States. In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports was the main broadcaster of the tour for a number of years up to 2006. However, Setanta Sports won exclusive UK and Ireland rights for six years from 2007 for a reported cost of £103 million. The deal includes Champions Tour and the Nationwide Tour events, but like the U.S. television deals it does not include the major championships, and unlike the U.S. deal, it does not include the World Golf Championships. Setanta set up the Setanta Golf channel to present its coverage. On June 23, 2009 Setanta's UK arm went into administration and ceased broadcasting. Eurosport picked up the television rights for the remainder of the 2009 season. In South Koreamarker, SBSmarker, which has been the tour's exclusive TV broadcaster in that country since the mid-1990s, agreed in 2009 to extend its contract with the PGA Tour through 2019. As a part of that deal, it will sponsor the season's opening tournament, a winners-only event that will be renamed the SBS Championship effective in 2010. The Indianmarker broadcaster NEO Sports obtained exclusive rights to the PGA Tour on the Indian subcontinent in 2008, and has since extended its deal through the 2015 season.

In the United States and Canada, radio coverage of the PGA Tour is available on XM Satellite Radio, on the PGA Tour Network, channel 146.

The structure of the PGA Tour season

Outline of the season

The table below illustrates the structure of the PGA Tour season.

Three of the four majors take place in eight weeks between June and August. In the past, this has threatened to make the last two and a half months of the season anti-climactic, as some of the very top players competed less from that point on. In response, the PGA Tour has introduced a new format, the FedEx Cup. From January through mid-August players compete in "regular season" events and earn FedEx Cup points, in addition to prize money. At the end of the regular season, the top 125 FedEx Cup points winners are eligible to compete in the "playoffs," four events taking place from mid-August to mid-September. The field sizes for these events are reduced from 125 to 100 to 70 and finally the traditional 30 for the Tour Championship. Additional FedEx Cup points are earned in these events. At the end of the championship, the top point winner is the season champion. To put this new system into place, the PGA Tour has made significant changes to the traditional schedule.

In 2007 The Players Championship moved to May so as to have a marquee event in five consecutive months. The Tour Championship moved to mid-September, with an international team event (Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup) following at the end of September. The schedule was tweaked slightly in both 2008 and 2009. After the third FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship, the Tour takes a full week off. In 2008, the break came before the Ryder Cup, with the Tour Championship the week after that. In 2009, the break will be followed by the Tour Championship, with the Presidents Cup taking place two weeks after that.

The Tour will continue through the fall, with the focus on the scramble of the less successful players to earn enough money to retain their tour cards. A circuit known as the Fall Series, originally with seven tournaments but now with five, was introduced in 2007. In its inaugural year, its events were held in seven consecutive weeks, starting the week after the Tour Championship. As was the case for the FedEx Cup playoff schedule, the Fall Series schedule was also tweaked in 2008 and 2009. The first 2008 Fall Series event was held opposite the Ryder Cup, and the Fall Series took a week off for the Tour Championship before continuing with its remaining six events.

The Fall Series saw major changes for 2009, with one of its events moving to May and another dropping off the schedule entirely. It will return to its original start date of the week after the Tour Championship. Then, as in 2008, it will take a week off, this time for the Presidents Cup. It will then continue with events in three consecutive weeks, take another week off for the HSBC Champions (now elevated to World Golf Championships status), and conclude the week after that.

2007 saw the introduction of a tournament in Mexico, an alternate event staged the same week as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. A tournament in Puerto Rico was introduced in 2008 as an alternate event staged opposite the WGC-CA Championship.


The 2009 regular season was originally intended to feature 48 events in 45 weeks, of which 46 are official money events, including four alternate events played the same week as a higher status tournament. The 47th event is the Presidents Cup team event, and the 48th is the HSBC Champions, which will not be an official PGA Tour event in 2009 despite its elevation to World Golf Championships status. One tournament, the Viking Classic, was canceled when several weeks of nearly continuous rain made the course unplayable. Most members of the tour play between 20 and 30 tournaments in the season. The geography of the tour is determined by the weather. It starts in Hawaiimarker in January and spends most of its first two months in Californiamarker and Arizonamarker during what is known as the "West Coast Swing," and then moves to the American Southeast for the "Southern Swing." Each swing culminates in a significant tour event. In April, tour events begin to drift north. The summer months are spent mainly in the Northeast and the Midwest, and in the fall (autumn) the tour heads south again.

In most of the regular events on tour, the field is either 132, 144 or 156 players, depending on time of year (and available daylight hours). All players making the cut earn money for the tournament with the winner usually receiving 18% of the total purse.

In 2008, the PGA Tour Policy Board approved a change in the number of players that will make the cut. The cut will continue to be low 70 professionals and ties, unless that results in a post-cut field of more than 78 players. Under that circumstance, the cut score will be selected to make a field as close to 70 players as possible without exceeding 78. Players who are cut in such circumstances but who have placed 70th or better will get credit for making the cut and will earn official money and FedEx Cup points. This policy affected two of the first three events with cuts, the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Buick Invitational. In late February, the Policy Board announced a revised cut policy, effective beginning with the Honda Classic. The new policy calls for 36-hole cut to the low 70 professionals and ties and, if that cut results in more than 78 players, a second 54-hole cut to the low 70 professionals and ties.

2009 schedule

The following table lists the main season events for 2009. The designations in the "Status" column are explained in the notes below the table. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event.
Date Tournament Location Status Winner OWGR
Jan 11 Mercedes-Benz Championship Hawaiimarker Unique Geoff Ogilvy (5) 44
Jan 18 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaiimarker Regular Zach Johnson (5) 44
Jan 25 Bob Hope Classic Californiamarker Regular Pat Perez (1) 32
Feb 1 FBR Open Arizonamarker Regular Kenny Perry (13) 54
Feb 8 Buick Invitational Californiamarker Regular Nick Watney (2) 44
Feb 15 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Californiamarker Regular Dustin Johnson (2) 46
Feb 22 Northern Trust Open Californiamarker Regular Phil Mickelson (35) 62
Mar 1 Accenture Match Play Championship Arizonamarker WGC Geoff Ogilvy (6) 76
Mar 1 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Mexicomarker Alternate Mark Wilson (2) 24
Mar 8 The Honda Classic Floridamarker Regular Y.E. Yang (1) 46
Mar 15 CA Championship Floridamarker WGC Phil Mickelson (36) 78
Mar 15 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico Alternate Michael Bradley (3) 24
Mar 22 Transitions Championship Floridamarker Regular Retief Goosen (7) 46
Mar 29 Arnold Palmer Invitational Floridamarker Regular Tiger Woods (66) 60
Apr 5 Shell Houston Open Texasmarker Regular Paul Casey (1) 62
Apr 12 Masters Tournamentmarker Georgiamarker Major Ángel Cabrera (2) 100
Apr 19 Verizon Heritage South Carolinamarker Regular Brian Gay (2) 48
Apr 26 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisianamarker Regular Jerry Kelly (3) 38
May 3 Quail Hollow Championship North Carolinamarker Regular Sean O'Hair (3) 68
May 10 The Players Championship Floridamarker Unique Henrik Stenson (2) 80
May 17 Valero Texas Open Texasmarker Regular Zach Johnson (6) 26
May 24 HP Byron Nelson Championship Texasmarker Regular Rory Sabbatini (5) 44
May 31 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Texasmarker Regular Steve Stricker (5) 58
Jun 7 The Memorial Tournament Ohiomarker Regular Tiger Woods (67) 62
Jun 14 St. Jude Classic Tennesseemarker Regular Brian Gay (3) 46
Jun 22 U.S. Open Championship New Yorkmarker Major Lucas Glover (2) 100
Jun 28 Travelers Championship Connecticutmarker Regular Kenny Perry (14) 48
Jul 5 AT&T National Marylandmarker Regular Tiger Woods (68) 50
Jul 12 John Deere Classic Illinoismarker Regular Steve Stricker (6) 34
Jul 19 The Open Championship (British Open) Scotlandmarker Major Stewart Cink (6) 100
Jul 19 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee Wisconsinmarker Alternate Bo Van Pelt (1) 24
Jul 26 RBC Canadian Open Canadamarker Regular Nathan Green (1) 34
Aug 2 Buick Open Michiganmarker Regular Tiger Woods (69) 36
Aug 9 Bridgestone Invitational Ohiomarker WGC Tiger Woods (70) 76
Aug 9 Legends Reno-Tahoe Open Nevadamarker Alternate John Rollins (3) 24
Aug 16 PGA Championship Minnesotamarker Major Y.E. Yang (2) 100
Aug 23 Wyndham Championship North Carolinamarker Regular Ryan Moore (1) 32
Aug 30 The Barclays New Jerseymarker Playoffs Heath Slocum (3) 70
Sep 7 Deutsche Bank Championship Massachusettsmarker Playoffs Steve Stricker (7) 70
Sep 13 BMW Championship Illinoismarker Playoffs Tiger Woods (71) 68
Sep 27 The Tour Championship Georgiamarker Playoffs Phil Mickelson (37) 56
Oct 5 Turning Stone Resort Championship New Yorkmarker Fall Series Matt Kuchar (2) 30
Oct 11 Presidents Cup Californiamarker Team n/a
Oct 18 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevadamarker Fall Series Martin Laird (1) 40
Oct 25 Open Arizonamarker Fall Series Troy Matteson (2) 28
Nov 1 Viking Classic Mississippimarker Fall Series Tournament cancelled
Nov 8 HSBC Champions Chinamarker WGC Phil Mickelson (unofficial) 66
Nov 15 Children's Miracle Network Classic Floridamarker Fall Series / Stephen Ames (4) 24

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  4. PGA Tour to conduct official-money event in Mexico
  5. Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Rankings points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale. The major championships and the Players Championship have fixed allocations, but the points of the other tournaments depend on the strength of the field so they are not available in advance.
  6. Viking Classic cancelled due to course conditions
  7. No comeback player of year in '09

Event categories

  • Majors: The four leading annual events in world golf are the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, The (British) Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. These events each automatically receive 100 OWGR points.
  • World Golf Championships (WGC): A set of events co-sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours which attract the leading golfers from all over the world, including those who are not members of the PGA Tour. Note that the HSBC Champions was made a WGC event mid-season. It will not count as an official money event or an official win, but the winner will be invited to the 2010 winners-only SBS Championship (previously known as the Mercedes-Benz Championship).
  • Unique: Two tournaments rate as unique, for different reasons:
    • The Mercedes-Benz Championship, the first tournament of the season, has a field consisting of winners from the previous season's competition only (as reflected in its title from 1953-1993: "Tournament of Champions"). This results in a field much smaller than any other tournament except for The Tour Championship, with no cut after 36 holes of play. Effective in 2010, it will be renamed the SBSmarker Championship due to a sponsorship change.
    • The Players Championship is the only event, apart from the majors and the World Golf Championships, which attracts entries from almost all of the world's elite golfers. Official recognition is given to its unique position in the sport by the Official World Golf Rankings. Like a major tournament, it is allocated a fixed number of OWGR points (80), albeit 20% less than for a major. (The number of points allocated to "regular" events is dependent on the rankings of the players who enter each year, and is only determined once the entry list is finalized.) For purposes of the FedEx Cup standings, The Players has had an identical point allocation to that of the majors since the Cup was instituted in 2007. In North America, some people would like to make the tournament an official major with a ranking equal to the current majors in the OWGR. However there is little support for this in the rest of the world, and any revision to the points system for the world rankings would require a global consensus.
This is the trophy to be presented to the winners of the playoffs.
  • Playoff event: The last four tournaments of the FedEx Cup have fields based on the FedEx Cup rankings. The top 125 players on the points list are entered in the Barclays Classic. Each week after that fields are cut: Deutsche Bank Championship to the top 100 players; BMW Championship to 70 players; The Tour Championship to 30 players.
This is the Ryder Cup trophy, which is between men of Europe and the USA every two years now in odd numbered years.
  • Team: A United States team of 12 elite players competes in the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup in alternate years. The Ryder Cup, pitting a team of U.S. golfers against a European team, is arguably the highest profile event in golf, outranking the majors. The Presidents Cup, which matches a team of U.S. golfers against an international team of golfers not eligible for the Ryder Cup, is less well established, but is still the main event of the week when it is played. There is no prize money in these events, so they are irrelevant to the money list, but an immense amount of pride rides on the results.
  • Regular: Routine weekly tour events. The "regular" events vary somewhat in status, but this is fairly subjective and not usually based on the size of the purse. Some of the factors which can determine the status of a tournament are:
    • Its position in the schedule, which influences the number of leading players that choose to enter.
    • Its age and the distinction of its past champions.
    • The repute of the course on which it is played.
    • Any associations with "legends of golf". Six events in particular have such associations:
  • Invitational: These events are similar to the regular ones, but have a slightly smaller (around 100-120 players), selective field. The top 70 on the previous year's money list can automatically take part in invitationals, as well as past champions of the event. There is an increased amount of sponsor's exemptions as well, and some invitationals allow the defending champion to invite one or several amateurs to compete. Invitational tournaments include the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Verizon Heritage, the Memorial Tournament and others. The tournaments usually do have an association with a golf legend, or in the case of the Verizon Heritage, a famous course.
  • Alternate: Events which are played in the same week as a higher status tournament and therefore have weakened fields and reduced prize money. They are often considered an opportunity for players on the bubble (near or below 125th or 150th) in the money list to move up more easily or to attempt an easier two-year exemption for winning a tournament. Because of their weaker fields, these events usually receive the minimum amount of points reserved for PGA Tour events (24 points).
  • Fall Series: After the final playoff event of the FedEx Cup season (The Tour Championship), the season concludes with this series of events, usually passed on by the higher-status players. This provides an opportunity for players low on the Money List to increase their season's earnings enough to rank in the "magic" 125 and thus secure their "card" for the following season without having to re-qualify through Q-School.

There are also a number of events which are recognized by the PGA Tour, but which do not count towards the official money list. Most of these take place in the off season (November and December). This slate of unofficial, often made-for-TV events (which includes the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, the Franklin Templeton Shootout, the Skins Game, etc.) is referred to as the "Challenge Season" or more disapprovingly as the "Silly Season".

2009 money leaders

This shows the final money leaders for the 2009 PGA Tour season, which ended on November 15, 2009.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ($)
1 Tiger Woods 17 10,508,163
2 Steve Stricker 22 6,332,636
3 Phil Mickelson 18 5,332,755
4 Zach Johnson 26 4,714,813
5 Kenny Perry 24 4,445,562
6 Sean O'Hair 23 4,316,493
7 Jim Furyk 23 3,946,515
8 Geoff Ogilvy 20 3,866,270
9 Lucas Glover 26 3,692,580
10 Y.E. Yang 23 3,489,516

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.

Money winners and most wins leaders

Players who lead the money list on the PGA Tour win the Arnold Palmer Award (since 1981).

Year Money winner Earnings (US$) Most wins
2009 Tiger Woods 10,508,163 6: Tiger Woods
2008 Vijay Singh 6,601,094 4: Tiger Woods
2007 Tiger Woods 10,867,052 7: Tiger Woods
2006 Tiger Woods 9,941,563 8: Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods 10,628,024 6: Tiger Woods
2004 Vijay Singh 10,905,166 9: Vijay Singh
2003 Vijay Singh 7,573,907 5: Tiger Woods
2002 Tiger Woods 6,912,625 5: Tiger Woods
2001 Tiger Woods 5,687,777 5: Tiger Woods
2000 Tiger Woods 9,188,321 9: Tiger Woods
1999 Tiger Woods 6,616,585 8: Tiger Woods
1998 David Duval 2,591,031 4: David Duval
1997 Tiger Woods 2,066,833 4: Tiger Woods
1996 Tom Lehman 1,780,159 4: Phil Mickelson
1995 Greg Norman 1,654,959 3: Lee Janzen, Greg Norman
1994 Nick Price 1,499,927 6: Nick Price
1993 Nick Price 1,478,557 4: Nick Price
1992 Fred Couples 1,344,188 3: John Cook; Fred Couples; Davis Love III
1991 Corey Pavin 979,430 2: 8 players (note 1)
1990 Greg Norman 1,165,477 4: Wayne Levi
1989 Tom Kite 1,395,278 3: Tom Kite; Steve Jones
1988 Curtis Strange 1,147,644 4: Curtis Strange
1987 Curtis Strange 925,941 3: Paul Azinger; Curtis Strange
1986 Greg Norman 653,296 4: Bob Tway
1985 Curtis Strange 542,321 3: Curtis Strange; Lanny Wadkins
1984 Tom Watson 476,260 3: Tom Watson; Denis Watson
1983 Hal Sutton 426,668 2: 8 players (note 2)
1982 Craig Stadler 446,462 4: Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Calvin Peete
1981 Tom Kite 375,699 4: Bill Rogers
1980 Tom Watson 530,808 7: Tom Watson
1979 Tom Watson 462,636 5: Tom Watson
1978 Tom Watson 362,429 5: Tom Watson
1977 Tom Watson 310,653 5: Tom Watson
1976 Jack Nicklaus 266,439 3: Ben Crenshaw, Hubert Green
1975 Jack Nicklaus 298,149 5: Jack Nicklaus
1974 Johnny Miller 353,022 8: Johnny Miller
1973 Jack Nicklaus 308,362 7: Jack Nicklaus
1972 Jack Nicklaus 320,542 7: Jack Nicklaus
1971 Jack Nicklaus 244,491 6: Lee Trevino
1970 Lee Trevino 157,037 4: Billy Casper
1969 Frank Beard 164,707 3: 4 players (note 3)
1968 Billy Casper 205,169 6: Billy Casper
1967 Jack Nicklaus 188,998 5: Jack Nicklaus
1966 Billy Casper 121,945 4: Billy Casper
1965 Jack Nicklaus 140,752 5: Jack Nicklaus
1964 Jack Nicklaus 113,285 5: Tony Lema
1963 Arnold Palmer 128,230 7: Arnold Palmer
1962 Arnold Palmer 81,448 8: Arnold Palmer
1961 Gary Player 64,540 6: Arnold Palmer
1960 Arnold Palmer 75,263 8: Arnold Palmer
1959 Art Wall, Jr. 53,168 5: Gene Littler
1958 Arnold Palmer 42,608 4: Ken Venturi
1957 Dick Mayer 65,835 4: Arnold Palmer
1956 Ted Kroll 72,836 4: Mike Souchak
1955 Julius Boros 63,122 6: Cary Middlecoff
1954 Bob Toski 65,820 4: Bob Toski
1953 Lew Worsham 34,002 5: Ben Hogan
1952 Julius Boros 37,033 5: Jack Burke, Jr., Sam Snead
1951 Lloyd Mangrum 26,089 6: Cary Middlecoff
1950 Sam Snead 35,759 11: Sam Snead
1949 Sam Snead 31,594 7: Cary Middlecoff
1948 Ben Hogan 32,112 10: Ben Hogan
1947 Jimmy Demaret 27,937 7: Ben Hogan
1946 Ben Hogan 42,556 13: Ben Hogan
1945 Byron Nelson 63,336 18: Byron Nelson
1944 Byron Nelson 37,968 8: Byron Nelson
1943 No records kept - 1: Sam Byrd, Harold McSpaden, Steve Warga
1942 Ben Hogan 13,143 6: Ben Hogan
1941 Ben Hogan 18,358 7: Sam Snead
1940 Ben Hogan 10,655 6: Jimmy Demaret
1939 Henry Picard 10,303 8: Henry Picard
1938 Sam Snead 19,534 8: Sam Snead
1937 Harry Cooper 14,139 8: Harry Cooper
1936 Horton Smith 7,682 3: Ralph Guldahl, Jimmy Hines, Henry Picard
1935 Johnny Revolta 9,543 5: Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta
1934 Paul Runyan 6,767 7: Paul Runyan
1933 N/A N/A 9: Paul Runyan
1932 N/A N/A 4: Gene Sarazen
1931 N/A N/A 4: Wilfred Cox
1930 N/A N/A 8: Gene Sarazen
1929 N/A N/A 8: Horton Smith
1928 N/A N/A 7: Bill Mehlhorn
1927 N/A N/A 7: Johnny Farrell
1926 N/A N/A 5: Bill Mehlhorn, Macdonald Smith
1925 N/A N/A 5: Leo Diegel
1924 N/A N/A 5: Walter Hagen
1923 N/A N/A 5: Walter Hagen, Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
1922 N/A N/A 4: Walter Hagen
1921 N/A N/A 4: Jim Barnes
1920 N/A N/A 4: Jock Hutchison
1919 N/A N/A 5: Jim Barnes
1918 N/A N/A 1: Patrick Doyle, Walter Hagen, Jock Hutchison
1917 N/A N/A 2: Jim Barnes, Mike Brady
1916 N/A N/A 3: Jim Barnes

  1. Players with 2 wins in 1991: Billy Andrade, Mark Brooks, Fred Couples, Andrew Magee, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Tom Purtzer, Ian Woosnam
  2. Players with 2 wins in 1983: Seve Ballesteros, Jim Colbert, Mark McCumber, Gil Morgan, Calvin Peete, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins, Fuzzy Zoeller
  3. Players with 3 wins in 1969: Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Dave Hill, Jack Nicklaus

Multiple money list titles

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2009:

Player and rookie of the year awards

PGA Tour players compete for two player of the year awards. The PGA Player of the Year award dates back to 1948 and is awarded by the PGA of America. Since 1982 the winner has been selected using a points system with marks awarded for wins, money list position and scoring average. The PGA Tour Player of the Year award, also known as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, is administered by the PGA Tour and was introduced in 1990; the recipient is selected by the tour players by ballot, although the results are not released other than to say who has won. More often than not the same player wins both awards; in fact, as seen in the table below, the PGA and PGA Tour Players of the Year have been the same every year from 1992 through 2008. The Rookie of the Year award was also introduced in 1990. Players are eligible in their first season of PGA Tour membership; several of the winners had a good deal of international success before their PGA Tour rookie season, and some have been in their thirties when they won the award.

Year PGA Player of the Year PGA Tour Player of the Year PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Comeback Player of the Year
2009 Tiger Woods None
2008 Pádraig Harrington Pádraig Harrington Andrés Romero Dudley Hart
2007 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Brandt Snedeker Steve Stricker
2006 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Trevor Immelman Steve Stricker
2005 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Sean O'Hair Jay Haas
2004 Vijay Singh Vijay Singh Todd Hamilton John Daly
2003 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Ben Curtis Peter Jacobsen
2002 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Jonathan Byrd Gene Sauers
2001 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Charles Howell III Joe Durant
2000 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Michael Clark II Paul Azinger
1999 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Carlos Franco Steve Pate
1998 Mark O'Meara Mark O'Meara Steve Flesch Scott Verplank
1997 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Stewart Cink Bill Glasson
1996 Tom Lehman Tom Lehman Tiger Woods Steve Jones
1995 Greg Norman Greg Norman Woody Austin Bob Tway
1994 Nick Price Nick Price Ernie Els Hal Sutton
1993 Nick Price Nick Price Vijay Singh Howard Twitty
1992 Fred Couples Fred Couples Mark Carnevale John Cook
1991 Corey Pavin Fred Couples John Daly Bruce Fleisher, D. A. Weibring
1990 Nick Faldo Wayne Levi Robert Gamez -

Year PGA Player of the Year
1989 Tom Kite
1988 Curtis Strange
1987 Paul Azinger
1986 Bob Tway
1985 Lanny Wadkins
1984 Tom Watson
1983 Hal Sutton
1982 Tom Watson
1981 Bill Rogers
1980 Tom Watson
1979 Tom Watson
1978 Tom Watson
1977 Tom Watson
1976 Jack Nicklaus
1975 Jack Nicklaus
1974 Johnny Miller
1973 Jack Nicklaus
1972 Jack Nicklaus
1971 Lee Trevino
1970 Billy Casper
1969 Orville Moody
1968 No award
1967 Jack Nicklaus
1966 Billy Casper
1965 Dave Marr
1964 Ken Venturi
1963 Julius Boros
1962 Arnold Palmer
1961 Jerry Barber
1960 Arnold Palmer
1959 Art Wall, Jr.
1958 Dow Finsterwald
1957 Dick Mayer
1956 Jack Burke, Jr.
1955 Doug Ford
1954 Ed Furgol
1953 Ben Hogan
1952 Julius Boros
1951 Ben Hogan
1950 Ben Hogan
1949 Sam Snead
1948 Ben Hogan

Multiple Player of the Year Awards

The following players have won more than one PGA Player of the Year Award through 2009:

The following players have won more than one PGA Tour Player of the Year Award through 2008:

Career money leaders

The table shows the top ten career money leaders on the PGA Tour as of the end of the 2009 season. Due to increases in prize funds over the years, this list consists entirely of current players. The figures are not the players' complete career prize money as they do not include FedEx Cup bonuses, winnings from unofficial money events, or earnings on other tours such as the European Tour. In addition, elite golfers often earn several times as much from endorsements and golf-related business interests as they do from prize money.

Rank Player Country Prize money ($)
1 Tiger Woods 92,862,539
2 Vijay Singh 61,986,127
3 Phil Mickelson 55,855,656
4 Jim Furyk 42,756,341
5 Davis Love III 38,947,951
6 Ernie Els 35,810,558
7 David Toms 31,758,263
8 Kenny Perry 30,642,004
9 Justin Leonard 29,341,837
10 Stewart Cink 27,877,024

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.

See also

Notes and references

  1. - history - 1960-69
  2. - history - 1970-79
  3. Broadcaster is seeking £200m for TV soccer. The Sunday Times, 1 July 2006.
  4. PGA Tour to conduct official-money event in Mexico
  5. Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Rankings points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale. The major championships and the Players Championship have fixed allocations, but the points of the other tournaments depend on the strength of the field so they are not available in advance.
  6. Viking Classic cancelled due to course conditions
  7. No comeback player of year in '09

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