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PGA Tour: All change in 2024 at the US's flagship golf tour

The PGA Tour is the body that organises professional golf in the US and across North America and has been successfully doing so for well over a century.

Most of the greatest names in golf have been members of the PGA Tour, which runs week-to-week professional events culminating in the multi-million dollar, season-ending Tour Championship.

WhatPGA Tour 2024
WhereNorth and Central America, plus France and Scotland
WhenJanuary – December 2024
How to watchSky Sports Golf

What is the PGA Tour?

The PGA Tour runs most of the professional golf events across the US and North America. It also runs events for a number of other tours, including the Champions Tour, the annual series for senior players, plus the Presidents Cup.

It does not run any of the four majors, the Ryder Cup or women's golf, nor does it run the game of golf in America. That is done by the United States Golf Association.

When is the PGA Tour?

For the last decade the PGA Tour, the annual series of weekly events which culminates in the season-ending Tour Championship, has been a wraparound season. 

It has tended to start in September and finish the following late August or early September at the Tour Championship, staged annually at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia.

For 2024, however, the PGA Tour is reverting to a calendar schedule, starting in Hawaii with The Sentry at Kapalua from 4th January 2024 and running beyond the Tour Championship (29th August- 1st September1) into the Fall Season, a series of events which will run through to November.

Can I watch the PGA Tour?

Absolutely. The PGA Tour is a staple of Sky Sports coverage, mostly via the dedicated golf channel. 

How long has the PGA Tour been in existence?

The roots of the PGA Tour date back to 1916 though it was in late 1968 that top tour players, frustrated at the number of club professionals being involved, decided to form an "elite" body which would eventually become the PGA Tour we know today.

Besides the weekly wins, is there an overall trophy on the PGA Tour?

There is and it's called the FedEx Cup, earned via a play-off system first introduced in 2007, continuously tweaked ever since, and culminating in the Tour Championship at East Lake featuring the top 30 players in the season-long money list.

The current champion is Viktor Hovland, the Norwegian lifting the trophy for the first time with a five-stroke success over Xander Schauffele.

Who are the great names of the PGA Tour?

Top of the pile has to be Tiger Woods, the leading money winner on the PGA Tour a record 10 times and twice winner of the FedEx Cup.

The 15-time major winner has won a record 82 PGA Tour events, though it's not a record he holds on his own. Sam Snead, one of the old-time legends of the game, also won 82 titles between 1936 and 1965.

Jack Nicklaus, whose record 18 majors will surely never be beaten, is next on the list of number of PGA Tour wins with 73.

Woods hardly plays these days but can tee it up any week he wants as a lifetime member of the PGA Tour, an honour bestowed upon anyone with 20 or more career wins.

Who are the most successful non-Americans on the PGA Tour?

Fiji's Vijay Singh, the 2000 Masters champion, has 34 PGA Tour wins to his name. Harry Cooper is the most successful Englishman with 129 wins between the Wars.

Rory McIlroy, who has won more FedEx Cups than anyone else with three, has 24 PGA Tour wins, the same number as South African legend Gary Player.

What are the big changes to the 2024 PGA Tour?

Returning to the calendar-based schedule is the major change while there will be eight signature events (previously called designated events) with smaller fields, bigger purses and not always a 36-hole cut.

Among the signature events in 2024 are the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Memorial Tournament. 

There is an Olympic Games golf competition in Paris in August which is sanctioned by the PGA Tour but will not carry points towards the FedEx Cup.

And the prize money for winning the FedEx Cup has been hiked from $18m to an eye-watering $25m.

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