PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

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The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, also known as Qualifying School or Q-School, was historically the main method by which golfers earned PGA Tour playing privileges, commonly known as a Tour card. Beginning in 2013, Q-School grants privileges only for the Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA Tour's official developmental circuit.


At the PGA of America's annual meeting in 1963 Earl Stewart, a club professional from Dallas, first brought up the idea of having a qualifying school. Two years later at the inaugural q-school he explained to the press on the purpose of the event. "It is designed to take the burden of making a judgement on a proposed player's talent away from the local level," he said. "Formerly the various sections were responsible for screening and qualifying a man for the tour, but all they do now is screen and recommend for the new qualifying tournament."[1]

In several early years (1968–69, 1975–81), two separate tournaments were played, one in the spring and one in the fall.[2] The format of the tournament has changed several times, ranging from a 72-hole tournament to a 144-hole tournament.[2] The current format (in place since 1982) is 108 holes over six days in late November and early December.[2] Before 2013, the top 25 players and ties earned their tour cards.[2] The next set of fifty finishers earned full Korn Ferry Tour cards.[3] The remaining participants received conditional Korn Ferry Tour status.

The 2012 Qualifying Tournament was the last to grant playing privileges for the PGA Tour. On March 20, 2012, the tour announced radical changes to its season structure and qualifying process,[4] and announced further details on July 10 of that year.[5]

The 2013 season ended with The Tour Championship in September, and the 2014 season began the following month. Since then, the Qualifying Tournament only grants playing privileges for the Korn Ferry Tour (known as the Nationwide Tour at the time of the March 2012 announcement). A new series of three tournaments known as the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, held in September, grants 50 PGA Tour cards to a field consisting of the top 75 on the Korn Ferry Tour money list and the golfers placed 126 to 200 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list. The top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour money list before the Finals receive PGA Tour cards, with total money earned in the Finals determining the remaining 25 card earners.[5]


Year Winner Country Cards
2012 Lee Dong-hwan  South Korea 26
2011 Brendon Todd  United States 29
2010 Billy Mayfair  United States 29
2009 Troy Merritt  United States 25
2008 Harrison Frazar  United States 28
2007 Frank Lickliter  United States 26
2006 George McNeill  United States 40
2005 J. B. Holmes  United States 32
2004 Brian Davis  England 35
2003 Mathias Grönberg  Sweden 34
2002 Jeff Brehaut  United States 38
2001 Pat Perez  United States 36
2000 Stephen Allan  Australia 36
1999 Blaine McCallister  United States 40
1998 Mike Weir  Canada 41
1997 Scott Verplank  United States 38
1996 Allen Doyle
Jimmy Johnston
 United States
 United States
1995 Carl Paulson  United States 42
1994 Woody Austin  United States 46
1993 Ty Armstrong
Robin Freeman
Dave Stockton Jr.
 United States
 United States
 United States
1992 Skip Kendall
Masahiro Kuramoto
Perry Moss
Brett Ogle
Neale Smith
 United States
 United States
1991 Mike Standly  United States 48
1990 Duffy Waldorf  United States 49
1989 David Peoples  United States 59
1988 Robin Freeman  United States 52
1987 John Huston  United States 54
1986 Steve Jones  United States 53
1985 Tom Sieckmann  United States 50
1984 Paul Azinger  United States 50
1983 Willie Wood  United States 57
1982 Donnie Hammond  United States 50
Fall 1981 Tim Graham
Robert Thompson
 United States
 United States
Spring 1981 Billy Glisson  United States 25
Fall 1980 Bruce Douglass  United States 27
Spring 1980 Jack Spradlin  United States 27
Fall 1979 Tom Jones  United States 27
Spring 1979 Terry Mauney  United States 25
Fall 1978 John Fought
Jim Thorpe
 United States
 United States
Spring 1978 Wren Lum  United States 28
Fall 1977 Ed Fiori  United States 34
Spring 1977 Phil Hancock  United States 26
Fall 1976 Keith Fergus  United States 29
Spring 1976 Woody Blackburn
Bob Shearer
 United States
Fall 1975 Jerry Pate  United States 25
Spring 1975 Joey Dills  United States 13
1974 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 19
1973 Ben Crenshaw  United States 23
1972 John Adams
Larry Stubblefield
 United States
 United States
1971 Bob Zender  United States 23
1970 Robert Barbarossa  Canada 18
Fall 1969 Doug Olson  United States 12
Spring 1969 Bob Eastwood  United States 12
Fall 1968 Grier Jones  United States 30
Spring 1968 Bob Dickson  United States 15
1967 Bobby Cole  South Africa 30
1966 Harry Toscano  United States 32
1965 John Schlee  United States 17


  1. ^ Wilson, Johnny (October 26, 1965). "PGA Sends Pros To School". The Miami News. p. 5B. Retrieved June 21, 2021 – via
  2. ^ a b c d "Past champions: PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament". PGA Tour. December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Q-School Finals - Tournament Information". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "PGA Tour announces changes". ESPN. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Dell, John (July 10, 2012). " impact expanded with qualifying changes". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 5, 2013.

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