What's at stake in the 2017 PGA Professional Championship

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There are a lot of great perks that come with winning the PGA Professional Championship, something defending champ Rich Berberian Jr. can attest to.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 1:15 p.m.

SUNRIVER, Oregon -- The 50th PGA Professional Championship teed off Sunday morning at the breathtaking Sunriver Resort.

Under perfect blue skies, barely a breath of wind and temperatures that were expected to top out at 84 degrees, the field of 312 players set out to tackle both the resort's Meadows and Crosswater courses in their respective bid to take home the Walter Hagen Cup.

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The first two rounds will be played at both courses -- a round each for every player in the field. After the 36-hole cut reduces the field to the top-90 and ties, the final two rounds move over to Crosswater.

A 54-hole cut will knock the field down to the top-70 and ties for Wednesday's final round.

So what's at stake this week?

For starters, the top 20 finishers will advance to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., August 10-13.

Along with a spot in the PGA Championship field, the winner of the PPC will earn a berth on the 2017 PGA Cup team and will also have six PGA Tour exemptions to be used over the next 12 months.

The winner will also collect $50,000 and receive a lifetime exemption into the PGA Professional Championship.  

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.