The PGA Golf Tour


Wyatt Boyett (Junior), Reporter

The PGA Golf Tour is a membership-based group of Professional Golfers who are competing yearly in order to win 75 million dollars.

“How does the PGA Golf Tour work,” said Junior Kendrick Welty

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.

“I have heard about the European Golf Tour, what is the difference between that and the PGA Golf Tour,” said Wayman Younts.

The total prize money available on the European Tour is approximately half that of the PGA Tour. However, this includes the majors and World Golf Championships, which are the most lucrative on the schedule, so the difference for regular tournaments is substantially higher.

“If I wanted to compete, how should I get started,” said Junior Alex Emenhiser.

There is a lot of steps you must take in order to begin competing at a professional level of golf, first of all you need to get really good. The next step would be to compete in amateur events and if you begin to do really well, you should give up your amateur career and begin to compete professionally.

The upcoming tournament which is “The Players Championship” starts tomorrow March 10th, at 6:45 in the morning, which is the earliest tee time.

The golfers will be competing for $20,000,000 over the next four days. The tournament will be broadcasted on NBC and the GOLF Networks on tv, if interested you are interested in watching it.

“How much are the professional golfers paying to play at the tournaments,” asked Kendrick Welty.

A PGA Tour player who’s exempt from qualifying doesn’t have to pay entry fees for tour events. He does pay a $100 initiation fee, then $100 in annual dues. The only expense he must pay to play in a tournament is a mandatory $50 locker room fee.

To win the PGA Tour is such a sought-after achievement for many professional golfers making it such an interesting topic for many of the people who follow the Tour.