PGA TOUR Overview

The name of our organization is the PGA TOUR, a tax-exempt membership group of professional golfers that plays approximately 130 official-money tournaments on six tours—the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Our headquarters are located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, southeast of Jacksonville.

We should be referred to as the PGA TOUR or TOUR (on second reference), but not the PGA, as we are a different organization than the PGA of America. The PGA is the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, a membership organization for the nation’s club professionals. The PGA runs the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, among other championships. The PGA headquarters are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The PGA TOUR and PGA of America were affiliated until 1968, when the tournament players, a small subset of the total PGA membership, broke away to form the Tournament Players Division and gain more control of their finances and tournament schedule. The Tournament Players Division was renamed the PGA TOUR in 1975.

Three other golf organizations are involved in men’s professional tournament play, independent of the TOUR but with their marquee events included on the TOUR schedule as non-TOUR co-sponsored tournaments. The United States Golf Association, with headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey, oversees the national championships (U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur, etc.) and administers the Rules of Golf for the United States and Mexico, among other duties. The Augusta (Georgia) National Golf Club hosts the Masters Tournament. The R&A based in St. Andrews, Scotland, oversees The Open Championship and administers the world’s golf rules jointly with the USGA.
The PGA TOUR is the world’s foremost golf tour, with 2018-19 FedExCup events beginning in October 2018 and ending in August 2019. This is the 13th season of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition culminating with the FedExCup Playoffs.
2018-19 Membership:
88 international players, 25 countries
Competition Awards:
FedExCup (season-long points), Wyndham Rewards Top 10 Regular Season Champion, Jack Nicklaus Award (Player of the Year), Arnold Palmer Award (leading money-winner), Byron Nelson Award (scoring average), Courage Award, Rookie of the Year

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. The Charles Schwab Cup will celebrate its 19th season in 2019.
2018 Membership:
21 international players, 14 countries
Competition Awards:
Charles Schwab Cup, Jack Nicklaus Award (Player of the Year), Arnold Palmer Award (leading money winner), Byron Nelson Award (scoring average), Rookie of the Year.

The Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR, whereby all 50 TOUR cards come via the Tour’s Regular Season and the season-ending Tour Finals. More than 500 PGA TOUR titles – including 23 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships – have been won by former Tour players, while three out of four 2018-19 PGA TOUR members have Tour roots. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Tour.
2019 Membership:
59 international players, 21 countries
Competition Awards:
Jack Nicklaus Award (Player of the Year), Rookie of the Year

PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is a professional golf tour created in 2012 by the PGA TOUR in collaboration with promoters, clubs and national golf federations in Latin America. The inaugural season in 2012 featured 11 tournaments in seven countries in the Latin American region. Since then, it has grown to include 17 events in 11 countries in 2018. The tour currently visits Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and the United States and features the first match-play event played on any of the PGA TOUR’s international tours, the Bupa Match Play held every summer outside Cancun.
Competition Awards:
The leading money winner at the end of each season is awarded the Roberto De Vicenzo Award, and the top-five money winners from the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit earn Tour status for the following season.
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada is a professional golf tour played across Canada. An organized professional golf circuit began in Canada with the Peter Jackson Tour, in 1971. The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada has evolved since its inception in 2013 into a high-caliber, coast-to-coast training ground for professionals. In its seventh year in 2019, the Mackenzie Tour continues as a part of the path to the PGA TOUR, providing access to the Tour for the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit and exposing golf fans throughout Canada to top-level professional golf.
Competition Awards:
Player of the Year, Top five on the Order of Merit earn Tour status

PGA TOUR Series-China is a professional golf tour that made its debut in 2014. PGA TOUR Series-China provides playing opportunities for natives of China, based on their ranking within the China Golf Association. It attracts other players mainly from Asia and other Pacific Rim countries, although membership includes players from five continents. The top-five money winners from the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit earn Tour status for the following season. The Series wasn’t held in 2017 but returned to the golf calendar in 2018. The events are contested throughout mainland China and in Hong Kong and Macau.
2018 membership:
186 international players, 14 countries