2018 PGA Professional Championship: What's at stake, TV schedule and more

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Here are the dates, television schedule, prize money and more things to know about the 2018 PGA Professional Championship at the Bayonet Black Horse Resort in Seaside, California.

Presented by: Club Car and OMEGA

Dates: June 17-20, 2018 Site: Bayonet Black Horse Resort in Seaside, California.

Exclusive Media Partner: Golf Channel

Contributing Partner: PGA Tour

Defending Champion: Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas

Television Schedule: Golf Channel (All Times EDT)
First Round: Sunday, June 17 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Second Round: Monday, June 18 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Replay: 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Third Round: Tuesday, June 19 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Replay: 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Final Round: Wednesday, June 20 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Replay: 1:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

RELATED: The complete PGA Professional Championship field

Prize Money, Awards & Exemptions

The 2018 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA, features a $550,000 purse. The 2018 Champion will have his name inscribed on the base of the Walter Hagen Cup. The 2018 PGA Professional Champion receives exemptions for the following:

• 2018 PGA Championship
• 2019 PGA Cup
• Six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period

The low 20 scorers in the Championship earn a berth in the 2018 PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.


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, Tour (eGolf Tour), The Safari Tour, The Sunshine Tour and 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.

PAR AND YARDAGES: Bayonet and Black Horse courses will be used during the Championship’s first two rounds. Bayonet will host the final two rounds, and play to 7,084 yards for men and 6,226 yards for women, and to a par of 36-36-72. Black Horse will play to 6,904 yards for men; 6,037 yards for women, and to a par of 36-36-72.

About the courses:

Named after the Army’s 7th Infantry Division - the first major unit to occupy Fort Ord, as well as the last. The famed Light Fighters (nicknamed the “Bayonet Division”) marched for the last time during inactivation ceremonies in 1993 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). With 7,104 yards of oak and cypress-lined fairways, Bayonet Golf Course was designed in 1954 by General Robert McClure, the Commanding Officer of the post at that time. Gen. McClure, a left-handed golfer with a severe slice, designed the course to fit his game. This is evidenced by holes #11-15, a series of sharp doglegs, widely known as “Combat Corner.” Notoriously known for its magnificently manicured, long, and narrow fairways, Bayonet is one tough, but rewarding 18-hole adventure. With four sets of tees, the course is a par 72, with a slope of 139 and a rating of 74.8.
Named in honor of the 11th Cavalry Regiment (nicknamed “Black Horse”) which was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey from 1919-1940. Black Horse was designed in 1964 by General Edwin Carnes, the Commanding General of Fort Ord from April 1963 until June of 1965. With the most breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay imaginable, the most recent renovations transformed Black Horse into a longer, more challenging “championship golf course.” With long rolling fairways, “championship golf tees,” and alluring panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, Black Horse will not only take your game through its paces, it will also captivate your soul. Black Horse is now 7,024 yards long, with four sets of tees; a par 72, with a slope of 141 and a rating of 73.7.

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 50 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 50 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 51st 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.

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