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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)
Most wins3 (tie):
United States Dustin Johnson
United States Justin Thomas
FedEx Cup winnerUnited States Dustin Johnson
Money LeaderUnited States Justin Thomas
Player of the YearUnited States Dustin Johnson
Rookie of the YearUnited States Scottie Scheffler

The 2019–2020 PGA Tour was 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. The 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs began on August 20, and concluded on September 7, 2020, with Dustin Johnson winning the FedEx Cup.

The season was effectively suspended on March 12 with the cancellation of the Players Championship after the first round due to growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Several more tournaments were later canceled or postponed, including all four major championships, the two remaining World Golf Championships and the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The tour resumed on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge, with measures in place to mitigate the risk of virus transmission. The following week at the RBC Heritage, Nick Watney became to first player to test positive for coronavirus.[1]

Changes from the previous season[edit]

Rule changes[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.[2][3]

Tournament changes[edit]

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.[4] 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).[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

During the hiatus, two charity exhibition matches were held. The first was a skins game, titled TaylorMade Driving Relief, held at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida on May 17, featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.[9][10] The second was a better ball pro-celebrity match play, titled The Match: Champions for Charity, featuring Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

The tour resumed without spectators in mid-June with the Charles Schwab Challenge. The Memorial Tournament in mid-July was planned to be the first event to welcome back fans, but those plans were canceled the week before the tournament.[11] On July 13, the tour announced that the remainder of the season would be played behind closed doors.[12]

Official events[edit]

The following table lists official events for 2019–20.[13]

Date Tournament Location Winner[a] OWGR
points[b]
Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
Other
tours[c]
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[d] Zozo Championship Japan United States Tiger Woods (82) 64 9,750,000 1,755,000 JPN New
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; alternate event
Nov 18[e] 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
Mar 29[f] Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship Dominican Republic Postponed into 2020–21 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Apr 5 Valero Texas Open Texas Canceled 7,700,000 1,386,000
April 12[g] Masters Tournament Georgia Postponed into 2020–21 100 11,500,000 2,070,000 Major championship
Apr 26 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana Canceled 7,400,000 1,069,300
(each)
Pairs 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[h] 7,800,000 1,404,000
Jun 14[i] Charles Schwab Challenge Texas United States Daniel Berger (3) 72 7,500,000 1,350,000
Jun 21[j] U.S. Open New York Postponed into 2020–21 100 12,500,000 2,250,000 Major championship
Jun 21[k] RBC Heritage South Carolina United States Webb Simpson (7) 72 7,100,000 1,278,000
Jun 28 Travelers Championship Connecticut United States Dustin Johnson (21) 68 7,400,000 1,332,000
Jul 5[l] Rocket Mortgage Classic Michigan United States Bryson DeChambeau (6) 48 7,500,000 1,350,000
Jul 12 John Deere Classic Illinois Canceled[m] 6,200,000 1,116,000
Jul 12 Workday Charity Open[18][19] Ohio United States Collin Morikawa (2) 62 6,200,000 1,116,000 New
Jul 19 The Open Championship
England Canceled[n] 10,750,000 1,935,000 Major championship
Jul 19 Barbasol Championship Kentucky Canceled[h] 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Jul 19[o] Memorial Tournament Ohio Spain Jon Rahm (4) 76 9,300,000 1,674,000
Jul 26 3M Open Minnesota United States Michael Thompson (2) 38 6,600,000 1,188,000
Aug 2[p] WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Tennessee United States Justin Thomas (13) 76 10,500,000 1,820,000 World Golf Championships
Aug 2[q] Barracuda Championship Nevada United States Richy Werenski (1) 24 3,500,000 630,000 Alternate event
Aug 9[r] PGA Championship California United States Collin Morikawa (3) 100 11,000,000 1,980,000 Major championship
Aug 16[s] Wyndham Championship North Carolina United States Jim Herman (3) 50 6,400,000 1,152,000
Aug 23[t] The Northern Trust Massachusetts United States Dustin Johnson (22) 76 9,500,000 1,710,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Aug 30[u] BMW Championship Illinois Spain Jon Rahm (5) 70 9,500,000 1,710,000 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Sep 7[v] Tour Championship Georgia United States Dustin Johnson (23) 58[w] n/a[x] FedEx Cup Playoffs
  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. ^ Except for the major championships, which have fixed points allocations, points listed for tournaments that have not been completed are official projections based on the expected field and/or minimum points allocations. Final allocations are usually published the day after completion of all tournaments eligible for ranking points that week.[14][15]
  3. ^ The major championships and World Golf Championships are sanctioned by all the major tours. In addition, regular season tournaments may be hosted under co-sanctioning agreements with other tours: JPN – Japan Golf Tour
  4. ^ Finished on Monday due to bad weather.
  5. ^ Finished on Monday due to bad weather.
  6. ^ Rescheduled to September 24–27 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  7. ^ Rescheduled from November 12–15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]
  8. ^ a b Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  9. ^ Rescheduled from May 21–24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  10. ^ Rescheduled to September 17–20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]
  11. ^ Rescheduled from April 16–19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  12. ^ Rescheduled from May 28–31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  13. ^ Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17]
  14. ^ Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]
  15. ^ Rescheduled from June 4–7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  16. ^ Rescheduled from July 2–5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  17. ^ Rescheduled from July 2–5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]
  18. ^ Rescheduled from May 14–17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]
  19. ^ Rescheduled from August 6–9.
  20. ^ Rescheduled from August 13–16.
  21. ^ Rescheduled from August 20–23.
  22. ^ Rescheduled from August 27–30.
  23. ^ OWGR points at the Tour Championship are awarded based on aggregate scores only (see Tour Championship format). As a result Xander Schauffele, who had the lowest aggregate score, received the 58 points; Johnson, who tied for the third-lowest aggregate score, received 20.3 points.
  24. ^ 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.[20]

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 MGM Resorts 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]

The tournament locations below represent the original schedule, before any changes due to COVID-19.

FedEx Cup[edit]

Points distribution[edit]

The distribution of points for 2019–20 PGA Tour events was as follows:

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[a] 1500 900 570 405 440 330 270 255 240 225 135 84 48 25.5 15

Tour Championship starting score (to par), 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 score −10 −8 −7 −6 −5 −4 −3 −2 −1 Even

Leaders[edit]

Final FedEx Cup standings of the 30 qualifiers for the Tour Championship:

Pos. Player Players & Majors World Golf Champ. Top 10s in other PGA Tour events Regular
season
points
Playoffs[b] Total
points
Tour Champ.[c] Tmts Money ($m)[d]
Nat. Name Ply Mas PGA USO Opn Cha Mex MP Inv 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NTrst BMW Start Final Basic Wynd.
Top10
FedEx
Bonus
1 United States D. Johnson C
A
N
C
E
L
E
D
P
O
S
T
P
O
N
E
D

T
O

2
0
2
0
-
2
0
2
1

S
E
A
S
O
N
T2 P
O
S
T
P
O
N
E
D

T
O

2
0
2
0
-
2
0
2
1

S
E
A
S
O
N
C
A
N
C
E
L
E
D
T48 C
A
N
C
E
L
E
D
T12 T7 T10 1st 1,071 1st 2nd 3,471 –10 –21 13 5.84 15.00
T2 United States Schauffele T10 2nd T14 T6 T10 T2 T3 1,258 T25 T25 1,449 –3 –18 17 3.81 4.50
T2 United States Thomas T37 T6 1st T4 1st 1st T3 T10 T8 2nd 2,458 T49 T25 2,570 –7 –18 17 7.34 2.00 4.50
4 Spain Rahm T13 T3 T52 2nd T9 1st 1,295 T6 1st 3,080 –8 –17 14 5.96 0.50 3.00
5 United States Scheffler T4 T26 T15 T7 T3 T5 3rd 900 T4 T20 1,391 –2 –14 22 2.83 2.50
6 United States Morikawa 1st T42 T12 T10 T7 T9 2nd 1st 1,902 CUT T20 2,025 –5 –13 20 5.26 1.50 1.90
7 England Hatton CUT T14 T6 T69 T6 1st T3 T4 1,025 T25 T16 1,275 –2 –12 10 3.43 1.30
T8 Northern Ireland McIlroy T33 1st 5th T47 T3 T3 T5 T5 1,327 T65 T12 1,516 –3 –11 14 4.41 0.60 0.96
T8 Colombia Muñoz CUT T14 T7 1st 3rd 1,045 T18 T8 1,421 –3 –11 25 2.86 0.96
T8 United States Reed T13 T8 1st T47 T2 T6 T7 T10 T9 1,426 T49 T40 1,485 –3 –11 19 4.25 0.85 0.96
11 South Korea Im CUT T11 T29 T35 2nd T3 T10 1st 3rd T10 T9 1,633 CUT T56 1,650 –4 –10 25 4.34 1.00 0.75
T12 United States English T19 T3 T6 T4 5th T9 867 2nd T40 1,805 –4 –9 19 3.30 0.68
T12 United States Simpson T37 T61 T12 T7 2nd 3rd 1st 1st T8 T3 1,878 T6 2,163 –6 –9 13 5.10 1.20 0.68
14 Canada Hughes T58 T44 2nd T3 T6 842 T13 T10 996 E –8 21 2.08 0.62
T15 United States Berger T13 T2 T9 T5 T4 1st T3 1,347 3rd T25 2,007 –4 –7 16 4.44 0.70 0.58
T15 Japan Matsuyama T22 T11 T6 T20 T3 2nd T5 1,030 T29 T3 1,587 –4 –7 19 3.67 0.58
17 United States Finau T4 T53 T65 T9 T6 2nd 8th T3 907 CUT T5 1,237 –2 –6 19 2.93 0.55
T18 Mexico Ancer T43 T4 T12 T15 T8 2nd 2nd 1,099 CUT T33 1,159 –1 –5 19 2.90 0.53
T18 United States Griffin T19 T29 1st T7 T9 1,159 T58 T10 1,392 –2 –5 26 3.19 0.53
T20 Norway Hovland T33 T59 T10 1st 3rd 842 T18 T40 1,009 E –4 19 1.98 0.50
T20 United States Todd T17 37 T15 1st 1st 4th 1,316 64th T8 1,576 –3 –4 24 3.39 0.55 0.50
22 United States DeChambeau T4 2nd T30 T4 T5 4th T3 T8 T6 1st 1,657 CUT T50 1,682 –4 –3 16 5.00 1.10 0.48
23 United States Kisner T19 T28 T18 T25 T4 3rd T3 710 T4 T25 1,169 –1 –1 20 2.27 0.47
T24 United States Champ T10 T25 1st 951 CUT T65 963 E E 19 2.29 0.45
T24 United States Palmer T43 T15 T4 T8 2nd 837 T8 T40 1,116 –1 E 18 2.72 0.45
T24 Australia Smith T43 T60 T22 T59 T3 1st 807 T18 T20 1,059 E E 18 2.37 0.45
T27 United States Na CUT T9 T35 1st 5th 9th 1,036 T39 T51 1,102 –1 +1 20 2.79 0.42
T27 Chile Niemann CUT T52 1st T5 T5 878 CUT T3 1,366 –2 +1 22 2.91 0.42
29 Australia Leishman CUT T42 T52 3rd 1st 2nd 1,086 CUT 69th 1,096 –1 +2 17 3.11 0.41
30 United States Horschel T43 T24 T9 T25 T6 T8 T9 T7 2nd 893 CUT T33 953 E +4 21 2.38 0.40

Ref:[22][23]

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Dustin Johnson  United States
PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas  United States
Money winner Justin Thomas  United States
Scoring leader (PGA – Vardon Trophy) Webb Simpson  United States
Scoring leader (PGA Tour – Byron Nelson Award) Webb Simpson  United States
Rookie of the Year (Arnold Palmer Award) Scottie Scheffler  United States
FedEx Cup Dustin Johnson  United States

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to the shortened regular-season schedule, points awarded in FedEx Cup playoff events were reduced to 3 times those of a regular event (usually 4 times).[21]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.

References[edit]

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  16. ^ a b c d "The Open cancelled; Masters, US Open & US PGA Championship rescheduled". BBC Sport. April 6, 2020. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
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