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Priority Rankings


Each PGA TOUR member has earned a position on the priority ranking system that will be used to select tournament fields.
The complete ranking system, in order of priority, is as follows:

1.
Winner of PGA Championship or U.S. Open prior to 1970 or in the last five seasons and the current season:

Jack Burke, Jr.
Jason Day
Jason Dufner
Dow Finsterwald
Raymond Floyd
Doug Ford
Al Geiberger
Don January
Dustin Johnson
Gene Littler
Rory McIlroy
Bobby Nichols
Jack Nicklaus
Gary Player
Justin Rose
Webb Simpson
Jordan Spieth
Lee Trevino
Jimmy Walker
2.
Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last five seasons and the current season:

Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar
Tiger Woods
3.
Winners of the Masters in the last five seasons and the current season:

Adam Scott
Bubba Watson
Danny Willett
4.
Winners of The Open Championship in the last five seasons and the current season:

Ernie Els
Zach Johnson
Phil Mickelson
Henrik Stenson
5.
Winners of the TOUR Championship in the last three seasons and current season:

Billy Horschel
6.
Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three seasons and current season:

Russell Knox
Shane Lowry
Patrick Reed
7.
Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament in the last three seasons
and the current season, beginning with the 2015 winners:

Matt Every
David Lingmerth
William McGirt
8.
Leader from the final FedExCup Points' List in each of the last five seasons:

Brandt Snedeker
9.
Leader from the final PGA TOUR Money List in each of the last five seasons:
10.
Winners of PGA TOUR co-sponsored or approved events (except team events) within the last two seasons, or during the current season; winners receive an additional season of exemption for each additional win, up to five seasons:

Aaron Baddeley
Sangmoon Bae
Daniel Berger
Steven Bowditch
Keegan Bradley
Alex Cejka
Greg Chalmers
Tony Finau
Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia
Fabian Gomez
Branden Grace
Emiliano Grillo
Bill Haas
James Hahn
Padraig Harrington
J.J. Henry
Jim Herman
Charley Hoffman
J.B. Holmes
Billy Hurley III
Smylie Kaufman
Si Woo Kim
Chris Kirk
Kevin Kisner
Brooks Koepka
Danny Lee
Davis Love III
Hunter Mahan
Peter Malnati
Ben Martin
Hideki Matsuyama
Graeme McDowell
Troy Merritt
Ryan Moore
Scott Piercy
Charl Schwartzel
Robert Streb
Steve Stricker
Brian Stuard
Vaughn Taylor
Nick Taylor
Justin Thomas
Jhonattan Vegas
11a.
Players among the top 50 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use a one-time exemption for the next season:

Geoff Ogilvy
Carl Pettersson
Bo Van Pelt
11b.
Players among the Top 25 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use this special one-time exemption for the next season.

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12.
Sponsor Exemptions (a maximum of eight, which may include amateurs with handicaps of 0 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 2016 Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour, if not all 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 up to six open events (three must be opposite The Open Championship and World Golf Championships events), in addition to any sponsor selections.

Rich Berberian, Jr.
15.
PGA section champion or Player of the Year of the section in which the tournament is played:
16.
Four low scorers at Open Qualifying which shall normally be held on Monday of tournament week.
17.
Past champions of the particular event being contested that week, if co-sponsored by the PGA TOUR
and the same tournament sponsor, as follows:
    A. Winners prior to July 28, 1970: Unlimited exemptions for such events.
    B. Winners after January 1, 2000: Five seasons of exemptions for such events.
18.
Life Members (who have been active members of the PGA TOUR for 15 years and have won at least 20 co-sponsored events).

Vijay Singh
Tom Watson
19.
Top 125 on the previous season's FedExCup points list:

Paul Casey
Kevin Chappell
Gary Woodland
Roberto Castro
Sean O'Hair
Kevin Na
Jason Kokrak
Ryan Palmer
Louis Oosthuizen
Harris English
Jamie Lovemark
Charles Howell III
Brian Harman
David Hearn
Luke Donald
Kevin Streelman
Kyle Reifers
Brendan Steele
Hudson Swafford
Daniel Summerhays
Jon Curran
Marc Leishman
Ricky Barnes
Jerry Kelly
Chad Campbell
Patrick Rodgers
Harold Varner III
Martin Laird
Johnson Wagner
Colt Knost
Scott Brown
Chez Reavie
Patton Kizzire
Adam Hadwin
Russell Henley
John Senden
Bryce Molder
Freddie Jacobson
K.J. Choi
Spencer Levin
John Huh
Sung Kang
Jason Bohn
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Derek Fathauer
Blayne Barber
Lucas Glover
Jonas Blixt
Brett Stegmaier
Robert Garrigus
Zac Blair
Francesco Molinari
Cameron Tringale
Andrew Loupe
Boo Weekley
Mark Hubbard
Kyle Stanley
Ben Crane
Michael Kim
Anirban Lahiri
Graham DeLaet
Luke List
Shawn Stefani
David Toms
Seung-Yul Noh
20.
Top 125 on previous year's official money list through the Wyndham Championship:

Ken Duke
Steve Marino
Bud Cauley
Retief Goosen
Chad Collins
Morgan Hoffmann
21.
Players who finished greater than or equal to top 125 on the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Official Season FedExCup points list or top 125 on the 2015-16 official season money list through the Wyndham Championship as non-members:

Jon Rahm
Byeong Hun An
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Soren Kjeldsen
22.
Major medical extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, special medical extension:

Nick Watney
Kevin Stadler
Ian Poulter
Pat Perez
Tim Clark
Brian Gay
Bob Estes
Chris Couch
Ryo Ishikawa
Troy Kelly
Briny Baird
Harrison Frazar
Charlie Beljan
John Peterson
23.
Leading money winner from the previous season’s Top 25 regular season players using combined money earned
on the official Web.com Tour Regular Season money list and Web.com Tour Finals money list , leading money
winner from the previous season’s Web.com Tour Finals and three-time winners from previous season Web.com Tour.

Wesley Bryan
Grayson Murray
24.
Leading money winner from Web.com Tour medical:
25.
Top 10 and ties, not otherwise exempt, among professionals from the previous open tournament whose victory has
official status are exempt into the next open tournament whose victory has official status.
26.
Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour:
Finishers 2-25 from the previous season’s Top 25 Web.com Tour Regular season players using combined money
earned on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list and money earned in the Web.com Tour Finals and the
top 25 players and ties on the Web.com Tour Finals money list at the conclusion of the Finals who are not already exempt.

Michael Thompson
J.J. Spaun
Bryson DeChambeau
Richy Werenski
Cameron Smith
Martin Flores
Miguel Angel Carballo
Ryan Brehm
Andres Gonzales
Ollie Schniederjans
Scott Stallings
Nicholas Lindheim
Zack Sucher
Julian Etulain
Will MacKenzie
Trey Mullinax
Kevin Tway
C.T. Pan
Andrew Johnston
Seamus Power
Rod Pampling
Dominic Bozzelli
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
J.T. Poston
Ryan Blaum
Mackenzie Hughes
Steven Alker
Jonathan Randolph
Xander Schauffele
Ryan Armour
Brett Drewitt
Brad Fritsch
D.A. Points
Brian Campbell
Whee Kim
Rick Lamb
Kelly Kraft
Cody Gribble
Brandon Hagy
Max Homa
Rory Sabbatini
Mark Anderson
Bobby Wyatt
Sebastian Munoz
Tag Ridings
Joel Dahmen
Cameron Percy
Tim Wilkinson

Note: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open, thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
27.
Top Finishers from the Web.com Tour medical:

Brian Davis
Kris Blanks
Will Claxton
Bobby Gates
Lee Williams
Shane Bertsch
Neal Lancaster
David Berganio, Jr.
Patrick Cantlay

Note: This category will be reordered with the above category #26.
28.
Players winning three Web.com Tour events in the current season:
29.
Minor Medical Extension:

Jeff Overton
Will Wilcox
30.
Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior season's FedExCup points list (126-150):

Matt Jones
Bronson Burgoon
Chris Stroud
Steve Wheatcroft
Tyler Aldridge
Stuart Appleby
Tom Hoge
Hiroshi Iwata
Sam Saunders
Greg Owen

Note: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays
of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
31.
Nonexempt, Major Medical/Family Crisis:

Nicholas Thompson
Michael Putnam
S.J. Park

Note: This category will be reordered with the above category #30.
32.
Reorder Categories 33-37

Jhonattan Vegas
Aaron Baddeley
D.J. Trahan
Cameron Beckman
Jonathan Byrd
Andres Romero
Vaughn Taylor
Marc Turnesa
Tim Herron
Michael Bradley
D.A. Points
Greg Chalmers
Ted Purdy
John Merrick
Billy Mayfair
Frank Lickliter II
Steve Flesch
Tim Petrovic
Tommy Gainey
Mark Hensby
Eric Axley

Note: Categories 33-37 Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.

33.
Past Champions, team tournament winners and veteran members beyond 150 on the FedExCup points 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 season’s FedExCup points list in order of their
combined official PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour earnings in the previous season.

Chesson Hadley
Camilo Villegas
Jason Gore
Brendon de Jonge
Tim Herron
Mark Wilson
Justin Leonard
Angel Cabrera
D.J. Trahan
George McNeill
John Merrick
Andres Romero
Derek Ernst
Jonathan Byrd
Eric Axley
Ted Potter, Jr.
Marc Turnesa
Dicky Pride
John Rollins
Bernhard Langer
Brendon Todd
Michael Bradley
Cameron Beckman
Craig Barlow
Bill Lunde
Ted Purdy
Billy Mayfair
Steve Flesch
Troy Matteson
Charlie Wi
Rocco Mediate
Frank Lickliter II
Arjun Atwal
Robert Allenby
Larry Mize
Mark O'Meara
Trevor Immelman
Marco Dawson
Fred Funk
Tim Petrovic
Shaun Micheel
Rich Beem
Mark Hensby
Peter Lonard
Ben Curtis
Tommy Gainey
Chris Smith
Len Mattiace
Kent Jones
Omar Uresti
Matt Bettencourt
Richard S. Johnson
Brett Wetterich
34.
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.
35.
Special Temporary Members: If during the course of a PGA TOUR season, a nonmember of the PGA TOUR wins an amount of points (e.g., by playing in PGA TOUR events through sponsor exemptions, Open Qualifying, etc.) equal to the amount won in the preceding season by the 150th finisher on the FedExCup points list, he will be eligible to become a special temporary member for the remainder of the season.
36.
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.
37.
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.