As the spring season in men’s college golf gears up, many upperclassmen have their eyes not only on wins and NCAA titles but also PGA Tour University.
To recap, PGA Tour U will award the top five seniors in its ranking after the NCAA Championship this summer with Korn Ferry Tour status. Nos. 6-15 in the final ranking will have the option to play this summer on the Mackenzie Tour or PGA Tour Latinoamerica (PGA Tour China was canceled this year). Nos. 1-5 will also advance to straight to final stage of KFT Q-School later this year while Nos. 6-15 will be exempt to second stage.
On Monday, the Tour added some updates to its rules for PGA Tour U. Here is a breakdown of the highlights:
• Players must compete in a Division I regional to be eligible for PGA Tour U. Those that qualify for the national championship must play that, as well, or be dropped from the ranking.
• The minimum divisor for events for this year’s inaugural class will be 13. This includes all college/PGA Tour events starting with the Spring 2019 season.
• Players who finish outside the top 15 in this year’s final ranking will be able to re-enter the program the following season as long as they have their extra year of eligibility remaining.
• Players will not be able to compete in Q-Schools for Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica while in school and remain eligible for PGA Tour U their senior year. The same rule applies to Mackenzie Tour with one exception: seniors can play Mackenzie Tour Q-School and still be in PGA Tour U. To further clarify, if a fourth-year senior plays Mackenzie Tour Q-School this year and finishes outside the top 15 in PGA Tour U this year, that player can return for his extra year and still compete in both PGA Tour U and Mackenzie Tour Q-School in 2022.