Winning on the PGA Tour: What golfers get when they win a tournament

By Dan McDonald
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Winning on the PGA Tour: What golfers get when they win a tournament

Winning a PGA Tour event is a life-changing event for any golfer, but it’s especially important to those golfers who aren’t consistently toward the top of leaderboards or don’t have their full Tour card.
Of course, we’re all aware of the big million-dollar payday that comes with winning a tournament, but there are plenty of other perks that mean more in the long run in helping to keep a Tour card.
Here’s a breakdown of what comes with a win at a non-opposite event. Non-opposite PGA Tour events that are those that are not held the same week as a World Golf Championship event or major championship:
  • First-place prize money, which exceeds $1 million at each non-opposite PGA Tour event. 
  • Multi-season extension of playing privileges. A regular PGA Tour event extends a player’s Tour card for two years after the current season. The Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament and World Golf Championships provide a three-year exemption. Winning a major championship or The Players provides a five-year exemption. Winning multiple times in a year adds an extra year for each additional win with a maximum of five years.
  • FedEx Cup points: 500 for a regular PGA Tour event, 550 for a World Golf Championship, 600 for a major championship or The Players.
  • Spot in the field at the Sentry Tournament of Champions
  • Exemption into the next Masters Tournament
  • Exemption into the next PGA Championship
  • Exemption into the next Players Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Invitational.