The PGA TOUR Champions is a highly competitive league.
The Senior PGA Tour is now called the PGA TOUR Champions. Many of the greatest players of all time, including Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, have played this tour for golfers 50 and older. To play in such elite company, you have to survive a tough qualifying process.
TOUR Champions Qualifying
Go to the TOUR Champions website to download the qualifying application. Along with your application, you must provide a copy of your birth certificate, results from a minimum of two tournaments held within the last year, and two letters of reference from a Class A PGA pro or a PGA TOUR or TOUR Champions member.
Mail your application and a check for $2,500 (before deadline) or $3,000 (after deadline) to:
Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament
112 PGA TOUR Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Current Tour members or applicants that have played in the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament over the past 5 years can also send an application online through the PlayerLink Handicapping Service or through pgatour.com. Otherwise, a hard copy is required as indicated above.
Play in the Regional Qualifying Stage. Unless you are an exempt player, you must compete in the 72-hole qualifying tournament. The number of successful qualifiers is announced during the Regional Qualifying Stage.
Successful qualifiers and exempt players then compete in the Final Qualifying Stage. The field size in the Final Qualifying Stage is 78 players. All 78 players play 72 holes.
Finish in the top 12 players at the Final Qualifying Stage. The top five players will receive full exemption status, and the next seven will be conditionally exempt. Conditionally exempt players are accepted in tournaments on a space-available basis.