PGA Tour Pros Won’t Lose Status in 2020 if Outside Top 125

PGA Tour players outside of the top 125 in 2020 will not lose their status due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

There will be now relegation from the PGA Tour this season and only limited promotion from the Korn Ferry Tour. 

“Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in 13 events from the 2019-20 PGA Tour season to be canceled or postponed, the PGA Tour has extended eligibility for exempt 2019-20 PGA Tour members for the 2020-21 season, unless the member’s priority ranking at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season would rank higher in the updated eligibility categories,” said the PGA Tour in a statement Thursday night. 

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The Tour adds, “While the Korn Ferry Tour will not have a graduating class in 2020 due to the PGA Tour eligibility changes, we have established a performance benefit for the top 10 from the final Korn Ferry Tour points list following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Those players will be granted access into all PGA Tour additional events for the 2020-21 season.” 

According to the Tour, additional details regarding the Korn Ferry Tour will be announced on Monday, May 4. 

The PGA Tour is set to return on June 11 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas. 

“This eligibility update, contingent upon the planned restart of the season at the Charles Schwab Challenge the week of June 8, was deemed the best and most equitable solution for the membership at large after research by our competitions department and significant conversations with the Policy Board and Player Advisory Council,” said the PGA Tour. 

The Korn Ferry Tour’s plan is to also restart on June 11 at an unnamed event at TPC Sawgrass. 

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