PGA Tour changes how 50 Tour Finals cards are allocated
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PGA Tour changes how 50 Tour Finals cards are allocated

Halfway through the second season of the Tour Finals concept, the PGA Tour has changed the rules.

Golf Channel reports the 50 cards allocated last year through the Tour money list and Tour Finals series will essentially doled out separately. The top 25 players on the money list at the end of the regular season will continue to earn PGA Tour cards for the next season. Another 25 cards will be earned by the top 25 players on the cumulative money list for the four-event Tour Finals series.

Unlike last year, however, the Tour Finals money list will not determine the priority order for all 50 cards. Rather, the sets of 25 will "zipper" together to form the priority order.

The regular-season money earned by the top 25 players will "carry over" to the Tour Finals and combined with earnings for the four-event series to determine the priority order for those players. The top 25 regular season players will still be rewarded for a year of work, but also will be rewarded for continuing to play through the Tour Finals with the carrot of improving their priority order for next season.

The player who earns the most full-season money will have top priority, followed by the top player on the Tour Finals money list. Then the second player on the full-season money list, followed by the runner-up of the Tour Finals money list, all the way down to the 25th player to earn a card through the four-event series.

Of the 50 combined players to earn PGA Tour cards via the Tour last season. the 15 lowest-ranked players in the priority ranking were those who earned cards as a result of their position on the regular season money list. This change provides more of a reward to players who spend a whole season earning their PGA Tour position instead of struggling players from the PGA Tour who could get hot for four weeks.

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