How Tour Q-school works: Format, purse, cards available
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How Tour Q-school works: Format, purse, rules, cards available

The Tour Q-school final stage, which rotates around each year, offers exempt status on the Tour to 40 or so players each year.

Since 2015, the tournament has been reduced from six rounds to four (72 holes). There is no cut in this event, with each player getting two rounds on both host courses.

Who gets Tour cards

All players earn conditional status on the Tour, practically assuring them of at least one start. However, finishing inside the top 40 and ties (was once the top 25 and ties) offers more starts and full status for the year:

  • The medalist is exempt for the full season and exempt from reshuffles
  • Players finishing 2nd through 10th place and ties earn exempt status for the first 12 events of the season or the third reshuffle, which is done several times during the season to give better access to players who perform well during the Tour season
  • Players finishing 11th through 40th place and ties earn exempt status for the first eight events or through the second reshuffle
  • The remaining players earn conditional Tour status for the season, alternating with the players who finished 76th through 100th on the prior Tour regular season money list, as well the players who finished 2nd through 5th on the money lists of PGA Tour Latinoamerica, PGA Tour China and the Mackenzie Tour Tour Q-School finals purse

There's also a $480,000 purse for the event, with the winner getting $50,000. With the Q-school entry fee ranging from $3,500-$4,500, each player who earns a status in the top 40 and ties will at least double their money.

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