The PGA Professional Championship

Hole No. 16 on Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver Golf Club.

PGA Professional Championship 2017 FAQs

Here are the dates, television schedule, prize money and more things to know about the 2017 PGA Professional Championship at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Presented by: Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA

Dates: June 18-21, 2017 Site: Sunriver Resort – Sunriver, Oregon Crosswater Club & Meadows Course (Crosswater Club – site of final two rounds)

Exclusive Media Partner: Golf Channel Contributing Partner: PGA Tour Defending Champion: Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, New Hampshire

Television Schedule: Golf Channel (All Times EDT) First Round: Sunday, June 18 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Second Round: Monday, June 19 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Replay: 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Third Round: Tuesday, June 20 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Replay: 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. Final Round: Wednesday, June 21 7:00- 10:00 p.m. Replay: 1:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

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Prize Money, Awards & Exemptions

The 2017 PGA Professional Championship features a $600,000 purse. The 2017 Champion’s name will be inscribed on the Walter Hagen Cup, which is enshrined at the PGA Gallery at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The 2017 PGA Professional Champion receives exemptions for the following: • The 2017 PGA Championship • Six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period The low 20 scorers in the Championship earn a berth in the 2017 PGA Championship, Aug. 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Walter Hagen Cup

Presented to the PGA Professional Champion, the Walter Hagen Cup is named after the legendary golfer, five-time PGA Champion and one of the 35 charter members of the PGA of America. Hagen elevated the role of the PGA Professional throughout his career. Hagen’s inspirational career is reflected by today’s PGA Professionals in the national championship – displaying playing skills under a national spotlight while also serving their respective clubs and golf communities as managers, merchandisers, and respected teachers of the game. The PGA Professional Champion receives a replica of the crystal Walter Hagen Cup, which is 14½ inches high, 12 inches wide, and weighs 17½ pounds.

Method of Play

Stroke play, four rounds, 18 holes daily on two courses. The entire field of 312 will compete on each course once in the first two rounds, with the final two rounds played at Crosswater Club. Following the first 36 holes of play, the field will be reduced to the low 90 scorers and ties. Following 54 holes, the field will again be reduced to the low 70 scorers and ties. In the event of a tie for first place upon completion of play, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff starting on the 18th hole. If still tied, players will advance to Hole No. 10 and continue through the 17th hole. That process will be repeated until a Champion is determined. The playoff for the top 20 berths in the 2017 PGA Championship will be a hole-by-hole format beginning approximately 15 minutes after the completion of play. The playoff will begin on Hole No. 10, and if still tied, continue on Holes 11-18. The rotation will be repeated until all 20 positions and alternates are determined.

Eligibility

The field of 312 will be limited to those PGA members who are eligibly employed as PGA Professionals and in certain pre-established membership classifications as of May 9, 2017. The PGA of America reserves the right to determine whether or not any applicant is so employed and to reject any applicant who does not meet the requirements.

No player will be eligible if he or she has played in more than ten 10 combined Adams Golf Pro Tours, All American Gateway Tours, Asian Tour, Australia/New Zealand Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, Dakotas Tour, eGolf Professional Tours, European Challenge Tour, European Senior Tour, European Tour, JPGA Senior Tour, JPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour (LET), LPGA Futures Tour (Symetra Tour), LPGA Tour, Mackenzie Tour Canada, OnCore Gateway Tour (eGolf Gateway Tour), PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, PGA TOUR LatinoAmerica, SwingThought.com Tour (eGolf Tour), The Safari Tour, The Sunshine Tour and web.com TOUR tournaments between May 10, 2016 and May 9, 2017. The U. S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship are not included in the 10-tournament count.

The National Car Rental PGA Assistant Champion will be exempt into the national field, provided that he or she was a PGA member at the time he or she won the Championship, and is eligibly employed or in an eligible PGA classification at the time of entry into the PGA Professional Championship.

Rules and Regulations

The Rules of Golf, which govern play, are determined by the United States Golf Association and applied by the PGA of America Rules Committee. The PGA Professional Championship is subject to the overall supervision of the board and the PGA Rules Committee.

The PGA Professional Championship returns to Central Oregon –

Crosswater Club and Meadows Course Challenge Nation’s Finest PGA Professionals Sunriver Resort, one of the country’s most scenic golf destinations, featuring acclaimed Crosswater Club, will host the 50th PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, in June 2017. This will be the fourth visit to Oregon by the PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA Professionals. The Championship will bring a field of 312 to the Central Oregon resort, utilizing both Crosswater Club and Meadows Golf Course that hosted the 2001, ’07 and ’13 National Championships. Crosswater Club, ranked by Golf Digest as one of “America’s Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses,” was the site of the Champions Tour’s JELD-WEN Tradition from 2007-10; the 2006 NCAA men’s Division I Championship and the 1998 Western PGA Professional Championship. The Meadows Course also served as host of the 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Sunriver’s 605-acre resort is positioned between the Big Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers. Inspired by the Scottish highlands, Crosswater Club opened for play in 1995 as a heathland-style course that offers an ideal blend of strategy and aesthetics. Designed by Bob Cupp, the par-72 Crosswater Golf Club played to 7,530 yards in 2013; while the par-71 Meadows Golf Course, a collaborative effort between Fred Federspiel and John Fought, was played at 6,969 yards in the same championship.

PAR AND YARDAGES: Crosswater Club and the Meadows Course will be used during the Championship’s first two rounds. Crosswater will host the final two rounds, and play to 7,530 yards for men and 6,390 yards for women, and to a par of 36-36-72. Meadows will play to 6,974 yards for men; 5,963 yards for women, and to a par of 35-36-71.

PGA Professional Championship – The PGA Professional’s Showcase

The PGA Professional Championship began in 1968, to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. In more than three decades, it has become a showcase event for PGA Professionals, featuring some of the finest players in the Association. Formerly a 360-player field, the format of the PGA Professional Championship was converted from 1997-2005 to a larger nationwide event featuring the finest 156 players at the peak of their games.

Previously, the Championship was contested after the golf season had ended across much of the United States. In 1997, local Sectional PGA Professional Championships were created, along with four new Regional PGA Professional Championships. The Championship then moved its dates to one month prior to the PGA Championship. Following the 2004 fall season, the Regional PGA Professional Championships were discontinued, focusing more on the Section Championships and PGA Professional Championship.

The Championship has been conducted in 16 states in the previous 49 years: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

The list of Champions over the past 49 years includes: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Ed Dougherty, Bruce Fleisher; Larry Gilbert; Rex Baxter Jr., Don Massengale, Laurie Hammer, Larry Webb, Bob Boyd, Brett Upper, Bruce Zabriski, Mike Small and Matt Dobyns.

In 1997, the 30th PGA Professional Championship was the first to be televised live by Golf Channel to millions of viewers across the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, the Middle East, Scandinavia and Singapore. This year’s PGA Professional Championship has a potential audience of 110 million.

The 50th PGA Professional Championship features a field of 312 players who have advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with eligible past Champions. The final 36 holes, conducted on one course, features the low 90 scorers and ties after 36 holes; followed by a 54-hole cut to the 70 scorers and ties prior to the final round. The Championship will distribute a total purse of more than $1.7 million, which will be awarded in both the Section and PGA Professional Championships.