How To Get A PGA Tour Card? – Explained!

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For many young golfers out there, the ultimate dream is to obtain a legendary PGA Tour Card. Needless to say, getting a PGA Tour card is reserved to some of the greatest golfers in the world.

No matter where you are from, or where you live, obtaining a PGA Tour Card is no small feat. If getting a PGA Tour Card is your dream, then you may wonder: how do you get a PGA Tour Card?

In this article, we will tell you exactly how you can get a PGA Tour Card.

How To Get A PGA Tour Card?

There are multiple challenging paths to getting a PGA Tour Card. These ways include winning 3 Korn Ferry Tour events, finishing Top 25 in earnings in either the Korn Ferry regular season or finals. Alternatively, you can win 1 PGA Tour event, or finish Top 125 in the FedEx Cup. There are more ways to earn a PGA Tour Card not mentioned here.

There are many ways that exist in order to obtain your very own PGA Tour card, but they all involve you being a seriously good golfer in professional or semi-professional circuits.

You can get a PGA Tour Card in a few ways, such as finishing Top 25 in earnings in the Korn Ferry Tour regular season, or Top 25 in earnings in the finals. Other ways include winning 3 Korn Ferry Tour events, a single PGA Tour event, or finishing Top 125 in the FedEx Cup.

The way the PGA is structured is that the most common way to get into the PGA is to go through the Korn Ferry Tour. It is common for fringe professional PGA Tour players to be relegated to the Korn Ferry Tour if they do not have good performances in the PGA one year.

A PGA Tour Card basically allows you guaranteed admittance to most PGA Tour tournaments without having to go through pre-tournament qualifier events. If you own a PGA Tour Card, you are essentially an established PGA Tour golfer.

It is still possible to play in PGA tournaments without having a PGA Tour Card.

However, even though obtaining a PGA Tour Card difficult, keeping it is a whole other story, as the PGA Tour Card only lasts 1 up to a few years in most cases.

If you are interested in learning more about how long a PGA Tour Card lasts until it expires, read our guide: What Is A PGA Tour Card?.

Down below are the main pathways to obtaining your very own PGA Tour Card.

Korn Ferry Tour

In the Korn Ferry Tour, there are multiple ways to obtain a PGA Tour Card. However, the number of golfers on the Korn Ferry Tour who get a PGA Tour Card stands at around 50 golfers per year.

Down below, you can read up on the different ways to get a PGA Tour Card in the Korn Ferry Tour, listed in point form:

-Finish Top 25 in earnings on the Korn Ferry Tour, during the regular season to earn a PGA Tour Card membership for 1 year.

-Finish Top 25 in earnings on the Korn Ferry Tour, during the finals to earn a PGA Tour Card membership for 1 year.

-Gather 3 tournament wins in a single Korn Ferry Tour season (3-Win Promotion). Even if you finish outside of the Top 25 in earnings, you will receive a PGA Tour Card. Less than 20 players achieved the 3-Win Promotion in the last 25 years.

PGA Tour

In the PGA Tour, there are more ways to receive or maintain ownership of a PGA Tour Card than in the Korn Ferry Tour.

Remember that even if you have a PGA Tour Card, it expires after one or more years depending on how you obtained it. This means you need to keep winning PGA Tour Card ownership, or you will lose it. You can read about PGA Tour Card expiration periods here.

Down below, you can read up on the different ways to get or keep a PGA Tour Card in the PGA Tour, listed in point form:

-Finish Top 125 in points in the FedEx Cup (the FedEx Cup is the PGA Tour Championship) to earn a PGA Tour Card membership for 1 year. Finishing outside of the Top 125 lets you compete in the Korn Ferry Tour finals for a second chance at a PGA Tour Card.

-Win 1 PGA Tour event to earn a PGA Tour Card membership for 2 years. For any given PGA Tour event, there can only be 1 winner, and that winner deserves to be rewarded. Each additional win adds 1 year to the membership, up to a limit of 5 years.

-Finish in the Top Career Earnings in the PGA Tour.

-Win 21 PGA Tour events for a lifetime PGA Tour Card membership.

-Win a Major PGA Tour Championship (e.g. FedEx Cup, The Players Championship) for a 5-year PGA Tour Card membership.

Conclusion

There you go! After reading this article, you learned exactly which paths are available to you to obtain a legendary PGA Tour Card. We sincerely hope one or more of our readers end up getting their very own PGA Tour Card! Why could it not be you?

Follow the keys to a successful golf career, and you might just wake up one day with a PGA Tour Card.

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