PGA Tour Priority Rankings

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 1, 2004, 5:00 pm
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
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
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.
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McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

12/1: Tony Finau

14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

20/1: Francesco Molinari

25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

Her overall assessment of her day?

“It was a great experience,” she said.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

“Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.

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“I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

“It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

“It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”