PGA Tour playoffs: Format and playoff holes for each tournament
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PGA Tour playoffs: Format and playoff holes for each tournament


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On the PGA Tour, about 10 tournaments each season are expected to end up in a tie after 72 holes, requiring a playoff to determine a winner. With the exception of The Players, the PGA Tour's playoff format is a classic, sudden-death format.

Players in the playoff keep competing one hole at a time, trying to make the lowest score possible. Any ties for the best score mean another hole for those players, and any playoff competitors that don't tie the low score are eliminated and lock up a share of second-place money. Once there is a hole where one player scores lower for that hole than any of the other remaining players, that low player is declared champion.



In The Players, there is a three-hole, aggregate-score playoff on holes 16, 17 and 18 at TPC Sawgrass' Players Stadium Course. The player with the lowest total score wins. If there are ties, the players then go to sudden-death to determine a champion.

Some tournaments have more thrilling playoffs than others. In part, that's because some tournaments choose to vary the playoff holes while others tend to play the same hole over and over again, making a lengthy playoff boring.

So, here's a look at the sudden-death playoff holes for each PGA Tour event.

PGA Tour playoff holes, by event

  • Safeway Open - 18, 18, 11, 17, 18
  • CIMB Classic - 18 over and over
  • WGC-HSBC Champions - TBD
  • Sanderson Farms Championship - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • Shriners Hospitals Open in Vegas - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • OHL Classic at Mayakoba - 18, 18, 10, 18, 10
  • The RSM Classic - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • Tournament of Champions - 18 over and over
  • Sony Open in Hawaii - 18, 18, 10, 11, 18
  • CareerBuilder Challenge - 18, 18, 10, 18
  • Farmers Insurance Open - 18 (South Course)
  • Waste Management Phoenix Open - 18, 18, 10, 17, 18
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • Genesis Open - 18, 18, 10, 14, 18
  • The Honda Classic - TBD
  • WGC-Mexico Championship - 18, 17, 18, 17
  • Valspar Championship - 18, 18, 16, 17, 18
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational - 18, 18, 16, 17
  • Puerto Rico Open - 18 over and over
  • Shell Houston Open - 18, 18, 1, 18
  • RBC Heritage - 18, 17, 18
  • Valero Texas Open - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • Zurich Classic of New Orleans - 18, 18, 9, 18
  • Wells Fargo Championship - 18, 18, 11, 18
  • AT&T Byron Nelson - 18, 18, 17, 18, 18
  • Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial - 18, 16, 17, 18
  • the Memorial Tournament - 18, 18, 10, 14
  • FedEx St. Jude Classic - 18, 18, 12, 18
  • Travelers Championship - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • Quicken Loans National - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • The Greenbrier Classic - 18, 17, 18
  • John Deere Classic - 18, 18, 16, 17, 18
  • Barbasol Championship - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • RBC Canadian Open - 18, 18, 17, 18
  • Barracuda Championship - 18 over and over
  • Wyndham Championship - 18, 18, 10, 18, 10, 18


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