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There's a lot on the line at the National Championship
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The PGA Professional National Championship is the ultimate tournament within a tournament.
During today's final round, there's a lot to play for. For a lucky few, a chance to hoist the coveted Walter Hagen Cup as National Champion hangs in the balance.
- The winner automatically earns a spot on the 2015 U.S. PGA Cup Team.
- The winner also earns six exemptions into PGA Tour events over the next 12 months.
- The winner takes home a check for $75,000.
But for others who may not exactly have a chance to win, there's still very much something left to play for.
- Players who made the cut will earn points toward qualification for the 2015 U.S. PGA Cup team.
- The top-20 finishers and ties will qualify for the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship at The Cricket Club in Philadelphia next June.
- The top-20 finishers -- 20 on the number, no ties -- earn a berth in the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., this August.
To clarify that last point, if there is a tie for the 20th position at the conclusion of 72 holes, all those players tied -- no matter the number -- will immediately go back out on the course to determine the final spots for the 2014 PGA Championship.
For example, in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship, six players tied for 18th at the end of 72 holes with a total of 23 players at 1-over 288 or better. The six players tied for 18th went right back out for a six-way playoff to determine the final three PGA Championship berths.