How to earn a PGA Tour card through the Tour in 2019 and beyond with a new points system
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How to earn a PGA Tour card through the Tour in 2019 and beyond with a new points system

Starting in 2019, the Tour will no longer use their money list to determine the 25 players who earn PGA Tour cards at season's end. Now, the Tour top 25 will be determined through a new points list that's much like the FedEx Cup.

In an effort to equalize the importance of each regular season event, the Tour now awards standardized points through every regular-season tournament before the regular season finale at the WinCo Foods Portland Open. The winner of each regular season event will earn 500 Tour points, with each of the players in the top 65 and ties after 36 holes earning points. In the Portland regular season-ender, the winner will receive 600 points, and the 20 percent increase in points will flow through the rest of the distribution.

The top 25 players in the points list at the end of the Portland Open will receive PGA Tour status for the next season. However, the priority order by which those 25 players gets into PGA Tour events out the gate, through the first PGA Tour reshuffle, will be based on how many points the players earn in the regular season and the three Tour Finals events.

In the Tour Finals, the points for each of the three events are doubled, with 1,000 points going to the winner.

The Tour is a nearly 30-event grind to get as many points as humanly possible. Every single point matters. Even if a player earns a PGA Tour card in the top 25, the priority order they carry into the PGA Tour has a big hand in determining how good of a chance they have of holding onto their status.

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