PGA Tour Priority Rankings

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1. Winner of PGA Championship or U.S. Open prior to 1970 or in the last 10
calendar years. (Beginning in 1998, this is a five-year exemption.):
2. Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last 10 calendar years.
(Beginning in 1998, this is a five-year exemption.):
3. Winners of the Masters Tournament in the last 10 calendar years.
(Beginning in 1998, this is a five-year exemption.):
4. Winners of the British Open in the last 10 calendar years. (Beginning in
1998, this is a five-year exemption.):
5. Winners of the World Series of Golf in the last 10 calendar years.
(Beginning in 1998, this is a three-year exemption.):
6. THE TOUR Championship winners of the last three years, beginning with
the 2001 winner:
7. Winners of World Golf Championship events. (Beginning in 2001, this is
a three-year exemption.):
8. The leader in PGA TOUR official earnings in each of the last five calendar
years.
9. Winners of PGA TOUR cosponsored or approved events (except team
events) within the last two calendar years, or during the current year;
winners receive an additional year of exemption for each additional win,
up to five years:
10. A. Member of the last-named U.S. Presidents Cup Team.
B. Member of the last-named International Presidents Cup Team.
C. Member of the last-named U.S. Ryder Cup team.
D. Member of the last-named European Ryder Cup Team.
11. Leaders in official PGA TOUR career earnings, as follows:
A. Players among the top 50 in career earnings as of the end of the
preceding calendar year may elect to use a one-time, one-year
exemption for the next year.
B. Players among the Top 25 in career earnings as of the end of the
preceding calendar year may elect to use this special exemption for a
second year, provided that the player remains among the Top 25 on
the career money list:
12. Sponsor exemptions (a maximum of eight, which may include amateurs
with scratch handicaps or less), on the following basis:
A. Not less than two sponsor invitees shall be PGA TOUR members not
otherwise exempt.
B. Not less than two of the top 30 finishers and ties from the last
Qualifying Tournament, as well as 2-20 from the 2003 Nationwide
Tour money list, if not all of them can otherwise be accommodated.
(Note: PGA TOUR members may receive an unlimited number of
sponsor invitations. Non-TOUR members may receive a maximum of
seven per year).
13. Two international players designated by the Commissioner.
14. The current PGA Club Professional Champion for a maximum of three
open events, in addition to any sponsor selections.
15. PGA Section Champion or Player of the Year of the Section in which the
tournament is played.
16. Two members of the PGA Section in which the tournament is played,
who qualify through sectional qualifying competitions.
17. Four low scorers at Open Qualifying which shall normally be held on
Monday of tournament week.
18. Past champions of the particular event being contested that week, if cosponsored
by the PGA TOUR and the same tournament sponsor (except
for Team events), as follows:
A. Winners prior to July 28, 1970: unlimited exemptions for such events.
B. Winners after July 28, 1970 and prior to Jan. 1, 2000: 10 years of
exemptions for such events.
C. Winners after Jan. 1, 2000: five years of exemptions for such events.
19. Life Members (who have been active members of the PGA TOUR for 15
years and have won at least 20 co-sponsored events).
20. Top 125 on previous years Official Money List: If not exempt under
Special Exemptions, the top 125 PGA TOUR members on the previous
years Official Money List, in order of their position:
21. Players who finished in the Top 125 on 2003 PGA TOUR Money List as
non-members:
22. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise
eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension:
23. Leading Money Winners and any other three-time winners from the 2003
Nationwide Tour:
24. Top 10 and Ties among professionals from the previous open tournament
whose victory has official status are exempt into the next open
tournament whose victory has official status.
25. Top 30 and Ties from the previous years PGA TOUR Qualifying
Tournament, in order of their finish, and players 2-20 on the 2003
Nationwide Tour money list:
26. Players winning three Nationwide Tour events in the current year, in
priority determined by the date they win their third event.
27. Minor Medical Extension:
28. Next 25 members after the Top 125 members from previous years
Official Money List. If needed to fill the field, the next 25 PGA TOUR
members after the top 125 PGA TOUR members from the previous years
Official Money List, in order of their position on the list:
29. Non-Exempt, Major Medical Extension:
30. Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members
Beyond 150 on Money List: If not otherwise eligible and as needed to fill
the field, Past Champion members, Team Tournament Winners and
Veteran members beyond 150th place on the previous years Money List,
in order of their combined official PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour
earnings in the previous year.
31. Past Champion Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill
the field, Past Champion members, in order of the total number of cosponsored
or approved events won, excluding Team events. If two or
more players are tied, the player who is higher on the PGA TOUR Career
Money List shall be eligible.
32. Special Temporary: If during the course of a PGA TOUR season, a nonmember
of the PGA TOUR wins an amount of official money (e.g., by
playing in PGA TOUR events through sponsor exemptions, Open
Qualifying, etc.) equal to the amount won in the preceding year by the
150th finisher on the official money list, he will be eligible for the
remainder of the year.
33. Team Tournament Winners: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill
the field, winners of co-sponsored team championships, in order of the
total number of team championship tournaments won. If two or more
players are tied based on the number of such tournaments won, the
player who is higher on the official PGA TOUR Career Money List shall
be eligible.
34. Veteran Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field,
Veteran members (players who have made a minimum of 150 cuts during
their career), in order of their standing on the PGA TOUR Career Money List.