Tiger Woods' exemption status for majors, WGCs and The Players
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Tiger Woods’ exemption status for majors, WGCs and The Players


Tiger Woods is coming back at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, and there's some uncertainty for his schedule. There are some questions out there about Tiger Woods' PGA Tour exemption, as well how long Woods is exempt in the majors, World Golf Championships and The Players. We wanted to clear up those questions.

Can Tiger Woods lose his PGA Tour Card? 

No, if a player has 20 or more PGA Tour wins, they're not only exempt for life, but they have their own exemption category (18th in the pecking order). Right now, Woods is exempt as a current PGA Tour winner. He got a five-year exemption for winning the 2013 Players Championship. That would be his category in 2018, guaranteeing him access to most common PGA Tour events, in priority category No. 2. The category for lifetime members is No. 18. In between are all kinds of other categories, for major winners, WGC winners, PGA Tour winners, the top 125 in the FedEx Cup, lifetime money list exemption players, etc.

What's Tiger Woods' status for the majors?

  • Masters: As a past winner (actually, four times), he can play pretty much for life.
  • U.S. Open: Woods' 10-year exemption as the 2008 winner ran through 2018, and he's now exempt for the 2019 US Open by getting into the 2018 Tour Championship
  • Open Championship: Open champions can play until they're 60 without problem.
  • PGA Championship: PGA champions can play pretty much forever.

What's Tiger Woods' status for the World Golf Championships?

  • Mexico Championship: Must be inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking or get in the top 10 in FedEx Cup points before the event
  • Match Play Championship: Must be inside the top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking before the event
  • FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Must be inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking before the event or win a PGA Tour event with world-ranking value of higher than 115 (basically any event)
  • HSBC Champions: This event has a ton of convoluted criteria, but getting into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking is good enough

What's Tiger Woods' status for The Players Championship:

As the 2013 winner, Woods is in for five years from his win, so through 2018.


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