2011 PGA Tour

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The 2011 PGA Tour, the 44th season since the Tour became independent from the PGA of America, will consist of a total of 49 sanctioned events running from early January to late November.[1] The schedule, announced on December 2, 2010,[2] has four phases:

  • Regular season — Consisting of 37 events (one less than in 2010), starting on January 6 with the limited-field Hyundai Tournament of Champions (known as the SBS Championship in 2010) and ending with the Wyndham Championship on August 21.
  • FedEx Cup Playoffs — As in previous seasons, this will be a series of four tournaments, starting with The Barclays on August 25–28 and ending with The Tour Championship on September 22–25.
  • Fall Series — After The Tour Championship, the principal portion of the season ends with a series of four tournaments (down from five last season).[2] These tournaments, generally passed on by elite players, offer an additional opportunity for players to secure their tour cards for the following season by finishing in the top 125 on the money list, or to gain a two-year exemption by winning a tournament with a slightly weaker field than usual.
  • After the main season, the 2011 tour will go on an Asia-Pacific swing consisting of four events, none of which offers official prize money.

The regular season will include all four major championships and three of the World Golf Championships events. All four majors and all four WGC events are also sanctioned by the European Tour.

Comparison between 2010 and 2011[edit]

In late 2009, after the 2010 schedule had been announced, it was noted by golf media that most of the Tour's contracts for sponsorship of individual tournaments were locked in through that season. However, it was speculated that the expiration of those sponsorship contracts in 2011 would see substantial changes in the PGA Tour landscape.[3]

As it turned out, the 2011 schedule was largely the same as in 2010. The number of official money events was reduced by one with the demise of the Turning Stone Resort Championship, but the tour's total prize money will remain virtually the same. Seventeen tournaments will increase their prize money by a total of $3.8 million, almost completely offsetting the loss of the $4 million prize fund at Turning Stone. Assuming that the majors maintain their 2010 prize funds, the tour will offer a total of $288 million in purses.[4]

Changes for 2011[edit]

The Tour announced several changes from the 2010 schedule. Apart from the aforementioned demise of the Turning Stone Resort Championship, switches in scheduling of existing tournaments, and changes in sponsorships, the most important changes are:[2]

FedEx Cup off week[edit]

The off week for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which had previously been the week prior to The Tour Championship, will move to the week before the BMW Championship. This alleviates concerns about a short turnaround after the second playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, which is the only tournament on the schedule that normally ends on Monday (specifically on Labor Day).

Match Play Championship final[edit]

The final of the Accenture Match Play Championship will be reduced from 36 holes to 18.

Fall Series[edit]

With the move of the Viking Classic into the regular season, specifically opposite The Open Championship, the Fall Series has been reduced to four events.


The following table lists the main season events for 2011. "Date" is the ending date of each event. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event. For an explanation of the "Status" column, see PGA Tour event categories.

Date Tournament Location Winner OWGR[5] Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Jan 9 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Hawaii United States Jonathan Byrd (5) 50 5,600,000 1,120,000 Winners-only event
Jan 16 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii United States Mark Wilson (3) 48 5,500,000 990,000
Jan 23 Bob Hope Classic California Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas (1) 32 5,000,000 900,000 Celebrity pro-am
Jan 30 Farmers Insurance Open California United States Bubba Watson (2) 48 5,800,000 1,044,000
Feb 7[N 1] Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona United States Mark Wilson (4) 50 6,100,000 1,098,000
Feb 13 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California United States D. A. Points (1) 42 6,300,000 1,134,000 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 20 Northern Trust Open California Australia Aaron Baddeley (3) 62 6,500,000 1,170,000
Feb 27 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Arizona England Luke Donald (3) 76 8,500,000 1,400,000 World Golf Championships
Feb 27 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Mexico United States Johnson Wagner (2) 24 3,700,000 666,000 Alternate event
Mar 6 The Honda Classic Florida South Africa Rory Sabbatini (6) 54 5,700,000 1,026,000
Mar 13 WGC-Cadillac Championship Florida United States Nick Watney (3) 74 8,500,000 1,400,000 World Golf Championships
Mar 13 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico United States Michael Bradley (4) 24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Mar 20 Transitions Championship Florida United States Gary Woodland (1) 52 5,500,000 990,000
Mar 27 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida Scotland Martin Laird (2) 58 6,000,000 1,080,000 Invitational
Apr 3 Shell Houston Open Texas United States Phil Mickelson (39) 52 5,900,000 1,062,000
Apr 10 Masters Tournament Georgia South Africa Charl Schwartzel (1) 100 8,000,000 1,440,000 Major championship
Apr 17 Valero Texas Open Texas United States Brendan Steele (1) 28 6,200,000 1,116,000
Apr 24 The Heritage South Carolina United States Brandt Snedeker (2) 50 5,700,000 1,026,000 Invitational
May 1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana United States Bubba Watson (3) 46 6,400,000 1,152,000
May 8 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina United States Lucas Glover (3) 58 6,500,000 1,170,000
May 15 The Players Championship Florida South Korea K. J. Choi (8) 80 9,500,000 1,710,000 Flagship event
May 22 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Texas United States David Toms (13) 46 6,200,000 1,116,000 Invitational
May 29 HP Byron Nelson Championship Texas United States Keegan Bradley (1) 38 6,500,000 1,170,000
Jun 5 The Memorial Tournament Ohio United States Steve Stricker (10) 62 6,200,000 1,116,000 Invitational
Jun 12 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee United States Harrison Frazar (1) 38 5,600,000 1,008,000
Jun 19 U.S. Open Maryland Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2) 100 8,000,000 1,440,000 Major championship
Jun 26 Travelers Championship Connecticut Sweden Fredrik Jacobson (1) 44 6,000,000 1,080,000
Jul 3 AT&T National Pennsylvania United States Nick Watney (4) 44 6,200,000 1,116,000 Invitational
Jul 10 John Deere Classic Illinois United States Steve Stricker (11) 30 4,500,000 810,000
Jul 17 The Open Championship (British Open) England Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (3) 100 8,067,100 1,452,078 Major championship
Jul 17 Viking Classic Mississippi United States Chris Kirk (1) 24 3,600,000 648,000 Alternate event
Jul 24 RBC Canadian Open British Columbia, Canada United States Sean O'Hair (4) 46 5,200,000 936,000
Jul 31 Greenbrier Classic West Virginia United States Scott Stallings (1) 32 6,000,000 1,080,000
Aug 7 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Ohio Australia Adam Scott (8) 76 8,500,000 1,400,000 World Golf Championships
Aug 7 Reno-Tahoe Open Nevada United States Scott Piercy (1) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Aug 14 PGA Championship Georgia United States Keegan Bradley (2) 100 8,000,000 1,445,000 Major championship
Aug 21 Wyndham Championship North Carolina United States Webb Simpson (1) 38 5,200,000 936,000
Aug 27[N 2] The Barclays New Jersey United States Dustin Johnson (5) 70 8,000,000 1,440,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Sep 5 Deutsche Bank Championship Massachusetts United States Webb Simpson (2) 70 8,000,000 1,440,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Sep 18 BMW Championship Illinois England Justin Rose (3) 66 8,000,000 1,440,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Sep 25 Tour Championship Georgia United States Bill Haas (3) 54 8,000,000 1,440,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Oct 2 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada United States Kevin Na (1) 24 4,400,000 792,000 Fall Series
Oct 9 Frys.com Open California United States Bryce Molder (1) 24 5,000,000 900,000 Fall Series
Oct 16 McGladrey Classic Georgia United States Ben Crane (4) 42 4,000,000 720,000 Fall Series
Oct 23 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Florida England Luke Donald (4) 32 4,700,000 846,000 Fall Series
Oct 30 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia Malaysia United States Bo Van Pelt (n/a) 30 6,100,000 1,300,000 Unofficial event
Nov 6 WGC-HSBC Champions China Germany Martin Kaymer (n/a) 62 7,000,000 1,200,000 World Golf Championships
Unofficial event
Nov 20 Presidents Cup Australia United States U.S. Team n/a Team event
Nov 27 Omega Mission Hills World Cup China  United States
(Matt Kuchar & Gary Woodland)
n/a 7,500,000 2,400,000 Team event
Dec 4 Chevron World Challenge California United States Tiger Woods (n/a) 44 5,000,000 1,200,000 Unofficial event
  1. ^ The tournament was scheduled to end on February 6, but the end of the final round was pushed back to the following day due to delays for frost and frozen greens on three of the four scheduled days.
  2. ^ The tournament was scheduled to end on August 28, but was shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene.

Money leaders[edit]

This shows the final money leaders for the 2011 PGA Tour season. These figures do not include FedEx Cup bonus money.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ($)
1 Luke Donald  England 19 6,683,214
2 Webb Simpson  United States 26 6,347,353
3 Nick Watney  United States 22 5,290,673
4 K. J. Choi  South Korea 22 4,434,691
5 Dustin Johnson  United States 21 4,309,961
6 Matt Kuchar  United States 24 4,233,920
7 Bill Haas  United States 26 4,088,637
8 Steve Stricker  United States 19 3,992,785
9 Jason Day  Australia 21 3,962,647
10 David Toms  United States 23 3,858,090

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.


Award Winner Country
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Luke Donald  England
PGA Player of the Year Luke Donald  England
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Luke Donald  England
Scoring leader (PGA - Vardon Trophy) Luke Donald  England
Scoring leader (PGA Tour - Byron Nelson Award) Luke Donald  England
Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley  United States
Comeback Player of the Year None[6]
FedEx Cup Bill Haas  United States

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 PGA Tour schedule" (Press release). PGA Tour. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "2011 schedule includes key change during the Playoffs" (Press release). PGA Tour. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Sobel, Jason and Harig, Bob (November 3, 2009). "With 2010 status quo, 2011 up in the air". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (December 2, 2010). "PGA Tour releases '11 schedule". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Rankings points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale. The major championships and the Players Championship have fixed allocations, but the points of the other tournaments depend on the strength of the field so they are not available in advance.
  6. ^ No comeback player award this season

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