2019–20 PGA Tour

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2019–2020 PGA Tour season
DurationSeptember 12, 2019 (2019-09-12) – September 7, 2020 (2020-09-07)
Number of official events36 (originally 49)

The 2019–2020 PGA Tour is the 105th season (53rd since separating from the PGA of America) of the United States-based elite men's professional golf circuit. The season started on September 12, 2019, and is due to conclude with the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs which last from August 20 until September 7, 2020.

Several tournaments were suspended or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, including all four of the Majors, the Players Championship, and the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Changes from the previous season[edit]

Events[edit]

Date changes: The Houston Open was moved back six months, from April to October. The Greenbrier Classic was moved back two months, from July to September. Due to the scheduling changes, neither tournament had been on the 2018–19 schedule. The 3M Open moved back three weeks, from early July to late July. The Sanderson Farms Championship moved up five weeks, from late October to mid September. The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open moved up four weeks, from early November to early October. The Rocket Mortgage Classic moved up four weeks, from late June to late May. And the tandem of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Barracuda Championship moved up three weeks, from late July to early July to accommodate the 2020 Summer Olympics.

New: The Zozo Championship in Japan, and the Bermuda Championship, created as a new alternate event to the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Status changes: The Sanderson Farms Championship was upgraded from an alternate event to a full FedEx Cup point event. The Genesis Open gained invitational status and was renamed the Genesis Invitational; Tiger Woods became the tournament host.

No longer on schedule: The CIMB Classic, which was based in Malaysia.

Cut rules[edit]

The number of players making a 36-hole cut was reduced from top 70 and ties to top 65 and ties. The 54-hole secondary cut, previously in effect when more than 78 players made a 36-hole cut, was eliminated.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

Coronavirus pandemic[edit]

The tournament schedule has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour played the first round of the 2020 Players Championship on March 12, and stated that subsequent rounds and tournaments would continue behind closed doors.[3] However, the PGA Tour later announced that, "based on the rapidly changing situation", the rest of the tournament had been cancelled, as well as the next three events on the schedule (the Valspar Championship, WGC Match Play, and Valero Texas Open).[4] On March 13, Augusta National Golf Club announced that it would postpone the Masters Tournament—the first men's major of the golf season; the tournament was to begin April 9.[5] On March 17, the tour announced the cancellation of all scheduled tournaments through May 10 (the RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Wells Fargo Championship and AT&T Byron Nelson) and confirmed the postponement of the PGA Championship, scheduled to begin May 14, by the PGA of America.[6]

On April 16, the tour announced several changes to the remaining schedule, with the intention of restarting with the Charles Schwab Challenge, which was moved from May 18–24 to June 11–14. Several tournaments were also rescheduled, including the RBC Heritage (which had earlier been canceled) the Memorial Tournament and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and others were canceled, including the RBC Canadian Open. Furthermore, the tour also announced that three invitationals (Colonial, Heritage, Memorial) would be expanded from the usual 120-player field to become full-field (144 golfer) events.[7]

A charity skins game, TaylorMade Driving Relief, was held at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida on May 17, featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.[8][9]

Official events[edit]

The following table lists official events for 2019–20.[10]

Date Tournament Location Winner[a] OWGR
points
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Sep 15 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier West Virginia Chile Joaquín Niemann (1) 32 7,500,000 1,350,000
Sep 22 Sanderson Farms Championship Mississippi Colombia Sebastián Muñoz (1) 26 6,600,000 1,188,000
Sep 29 Safeway Open California United States Cameron Champ (2) 48 6,600,000 1,188,000
Oct 6 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada United States Kevin Na (4) 54 7,000,000 1,260,000
Oct 13 Houston Open Texas United States Lanto Griffin (1) 24 7,500,000 1,350,000
Oct 20 CJ Cup South Korea United States Justin Thomas (11) 52 9,750,000 1,755,000
Oct 28[b] Zozo Championship Japan United States Tiger Woods (82) 64 9,750,000 1,755,000 New tournament
Co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour
Nov 3 WGC-HSBC Champions China Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (18) 60 10,250,000 1,745,000 World Golf Championships
Nov 3 Bermuda Championship Bermuda United States Brendon Todd (2) 24 3,000,000 540,000 New tournament
Alternate event
Nov 18[c] Mayakoba Golf Classic Mexico United States Brendon Todd (3) 34 7,200,000 1,296,000
Nov 24 RSM Classic Georgia United States Tyler Duncan (1) 28 6,600,000 1,188,000
Jan 5 Sentry Tournament of Champions Hawaii United States Justin Thomas (12) 48 6,700,000 1,340,000 Winners-only event
Jan 12 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii Australia Cameron Smith (2) 46 6,600,000 1,188,000
Jan 19 The American Express California United States Andrew Landry (2) 40 6,700,000 1,206,000 Pro-am
Jan 26 Farmers Insurance Open California Australia Marc Leishman (5) 54 7,500,000 1,350,000
Feb 2 Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona United States Webb Simpson (6) 54 7,300,000 1,314,000
Feb 9 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am California Canada Nick Taylor (2) 42 7,800,000 1,404,000 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 16 Genesis Invitational California Australia Adam Scott (14) 70 9,300,000 1,674,000 Invitational
Feb 23 WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico United States Patrick Reed (8) 70 10,500,000 1,820,000 World Golf Championships
Feb 23 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico Norway Viktor Hovland (1) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Mar 1 The Honda Classic Florida South Korea Im Sung-jae (1) 46 7,000,000 1,260,000
Mar 8 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida England Tyrrell Hatton (1) 66 9,300,000 1,674,000 Invitational
Mar 15 The Players Championship Florida Canceled after round one 15,000,000 2,700,000 Flagship event
Mar 22 Valspar Championship Florida Canceled 6,900,000 1,242,000
Mar 29 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Texas Canceled 10,500,000 1,820,000 World Golf Championships
Apr 5 Valero Texas Open Texas Canceled 7,700,000 1,386,000
Apr 26 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana Canceled 7,400,000 1,069,300
(each)
Team event
May 3 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina Canceled 8,100,000 1,458,000
May 10 AT&T Byron Nelson Texas Canceled 8,100,000 1,458,000
Jun 14 RBC Canadian Open Ontario Canceled[d] 7,800,000 1,404,000
Jun 14
May 24[e]
Charles Schwab Challenge Texas 7,500,000 1,350,000
Jun 21
Apr 19[e]
RBC Heritage South Carolina 7,100,000 1,278,000
Jun 28 Travelers Championship Connecticut 7,400,000 1,332,000
Jul 5
May 31[e]
Rocket Mortgage Classic Michigan 7,500,000 1,350,000
Jul 12[f] John Deere Classic Illinois Canceled 6,200,000 1,116,000
Jul 19 The Open Championship
England Canceled[g] 10,750,000 1,935,000 Major championship
Jul 19 Barbasol Championship Kentucky Canceled[d] 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Jul 19
Jun 7[e]
Memorial Tournament Ohio 9,300,000 1,674,000
Jul 26 3M Open Minnesota 6,600,000 1,188,000
Aug 2
Jul 5[e]
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Tennessee 10,500,000 1,820,000 World Golf Championships
Aug 2
Jul 5[e]
Barracuda Championship Nevada 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Aug 9
May 17[h]
PGA Championship California 100 11,000,000 1,980,000 Major championship
Only major of season
Aug 16
Aug 9
Wyndham Championship North Carolina 6,400,000 1,152,000
Aug 23
Aug 16
The Northern Trust Massachusetts 9,500,000 1,710,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 30
Aug 23
BMW Championship Illinois 9,500,000 1,710,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Sep 7
Aug 30
Tour Championship Georgia n/a[i] FedEx Cup Playoffs
Tournaments postponed into 2020–21 season
Sep 20
Jun 21[h]
U.S. Open New York 100 12,500,000 2,250,000 Major championship
Sep 27
Mar 29[e]
Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship Dominican Republic 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Nov 15
Apr 12[h]
Masters Tournament Georgia 100 11,500,000 2,070,000 Major championship
  1. ^ Numbers in parenthesis next to player's name note official PGA Tour career wins, including any which may have occurred in previous seasons as well as current season.
  2. ^ Finished on Monday due weather.
  3. ^ Finished on Monday due weather.
  4. ^ a b Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.[7]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic.[7]
  6. ^ Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.[11]
  7. ^ Canceled due to coronavirus pandemic.[12]
  8. ^ a b c Rescheduled due to coronavirus pandemic.[12]
  9. ^ The Tour Championship has no stand-alone purse and does not carry official money; the tournament directly determines the assignment of the FedEx Cup bonus pool money, including $15,000,000 to the winner.[13]

Unofficial events[edit]

The following events do not carry FedEx Cup points or official money.

Date Tournament Location Winner(s) OWGR
points
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Oct 21 The Challenge: Japan Skins Japan Australia Jason Day n/a 350,000 210,000 4-player field
Part of Zozo Championship events
Dec 7 Hero World Challenge Bahamas Sweden Henrik Stenson 46 3,500,000 1,000,000 18-player field
Dec 15 Presidents Cup Australia United States U.S. Team n/a Two 12-man teams
Dec 15 QBE Shootout Florida Slovakia Rory Sabbatini &
United States Kevin Tway
n/a 3,300,000 410,000
(each)
12 two-player teams
May 17 TaylorMade Driving Relief Florida United States Dustin Johnson &
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
n/a 2 two-player teams
May 24 The Match: Champions for Charity Florida United States Tiger Woods &
United States Peyton Manning
n/a[a] 2 two-player teams
Aug 2 Olympic Games Japan Postponed n/a 60-player field
Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic
  1. ^ $10 million in charitable donations being made to COVID-19 charities.

Location of tournaments[edit]

FedEx Cup[edit]

Points distribution[edit]

The distribution of points for 2020 PGA Tour events is:

Finishing position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 20th 30th 40th 50th 60th
Majors & Players Championship 600 330 210 150 120 110 100 94 88 82 51 32 18 10 6
World Golf Championships 550 315 200 140 115 105 95 89 83 78 51 32 18 10 6
Other PGA Tour events 500 300 190 135 110 100 90 85 80 75 45 28 16 8.5 5
Team event (each player) 400 163 105 88 78 68 59 54 50 46 17 5 2 0 0
Alternate events 300 165 105 80 65 60 55 50 45 40 28 17 10 5 3
Playoff events 2000 1200 760 540 440 400 360 340 320 300 180 112 64 34 20

Tour Championship starting strokes, based on position in the FedEx Cup rankings after the BMW Championship:

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th–10th 11th–15th 16th–20th 21st–25th 26th–30th
Starting strokes −10 −8 −7 −6 −5 −4 −3 −2 −1 Even

Leaders[edit]

Standing of players within the Top 30 FedEx Cup rankings (through 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational):

Pos. Player Players & Majors World Golf Champ. Top 10s in other PGA Tour events Regular
season
points
Playoffs[a] Total
points
Tour Champ.[b] Tmts Money ($m)[c]
Nat. Name Ply Mas PGA USO Opn Cha Mex MP Inv 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NoTr BMW Start Final Basic Wynd.
Top10
FedEx
Bonus
1 South Korea Im C
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2
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2
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T11 T29 C
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2nd T3 T10 1st 3rd 1,458 14
2 United States Thomas T6 T4 1st 1st T3 1,403 8
3 Northern Ireland McIlroy 1st 5th T3 T3 T5 T5 1,179 6
4 United States Todd 37 1st 1st 4th 1,110 14
5 United States Simpson T61 T7 2nd 3rd 1st 1,083 5
6 United States Reed T8 1st T2 T6 1,077 8
7 Australia Leishman T42 3rd 1st 2nd 1,059 9
8 United States Griffin T29 1st T7 T9 1,026 16
9 Colombia Muñoz T14 T7 1st 3rd 1,006 15
10 Japan Matsuyama T11 T6 T3 2nd T5 869 11
11 United States Na T9 1st 827 12
12 United States Schauffele 2nd T14 T10 T2 804 8
13 Australia Smith T60 T22 T3 1st 787 10
14 England Hatton T14 T6 T6 1st 751 4
15 United States Champ 1st 727 11
16 United States DeChambeau 2nd T4 T5 4th 721 7
17 Chile Niemann 1st T5 704 12
18 Canada Taylor T10 1st 692 12
19 United States Scheffler T26 T7 T3 T5 3rd 691 13
20 Australia Scott T11 T26 1st 685 7
21 Spain Rahm T3 2nd T9 657 5
22 United States Hoge 2nd T6 5th 654 13
23 South Korea An 44th T29 3rd T6 T8 T9 T4 646 13
24 United States English T3 T6 T4 5th T9 630 11
25 Mexico Ancer T4 T12 T8 2nd 617 11
26 Mexico Ortiz T16 T4 T4 T2 598 13
27 United States Duncan 1st 592 15
28 United States Woods 1st T9 571 3
29 United States Cantlay 2nd 4th 561 5
30 United States Landry 1st 559 12
  1. ^ The top 125 point scorers in the regular season retain their tour card for the following season, and qualify for The Northern Trust. The top 70 points scorers after The Northern Trust qualify for the BMW Championship.
  2. ^ The top 30 point scorers after the BMW Championship qualify for the Tour Championship. Each player begins with a score adjustment to par determined by their point ranking, the lowest scorers in the Tour Championship in addition to this adjustment win the FedEx Cup.
  3. ^ In addition to tournament prize money, the top ten regular season point scorers receive a share of a $10m bonus, and the $60m FedEx Cup postseason bonus money is distributed based upon standings after the Tour Championship.

Ref:[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wacker, Brian (July 28, 2019). "PGA Tour to implement new cut line in 2019–20". Golf Digest. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ McAllister, Mike (September 3, 2019). "Fall Preview 2019–20 PGA Tour Season". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Golden, Jessica (2020-03-12). "PGA Tour won't allow fans for foreseeable future due to coronavirus". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  4. ^ Harig, Bob (2020-03-13). "PGA Tour cancels Players Championship after first round". ESPN. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  5. ^ Harig, Bob (2020-03-13). "Augusta announces Masters will be postponed". ESPN. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  6. ^ "PGA Tour statement regarding additional tournament cancellations". PGA Tour. March 17, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "PGA Tour announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 FedExCup season, releases fall portion of 2020-21 PGA Tour Regular Season schedule". PGA Tour. April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Seminole Golf Club, one of golf's most exclusive enclaves, is ready for its TV debut". Golf Digest. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  9. ^ "Televised charity skins match pitting Rory-DJ vs. Fowler-Wolff set for May 17". Golf Digest. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  10. ^ "PGA Tour 2019–2020 schedule". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "2020 John Deere Classic canceled due to area restrictions, related concerns". PGA Tour. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  12. ^ a b "The Open cancelled; Masters, US Open & US PGA Championship rescheduled". BBC Sport. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  13. ^ "How it works: Tour Championship". PGA Tour. August 18, 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "FedExCup Standings". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

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