The Tour is going to use a points system starting in 2019
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The Tour is going to use a points system starting in 2019

Since its inception in 1990, back when it was the Ben Hogan Tour, the Tour has judged its players based on the money list. The top earners -- first five, then 15, then 20, then 25 -- earned promotion to the PGA Tour the next season.

With the creation of the Tour Finals in 2013, the top 25 players on the Tour regular season money list earned PGA Tour cards. Their status was based on total earnings from the regular season and the Tour Finals events. Then another 25 cards were awarded to the other eligible players in the Tour Finals based on earnings in those Finals events.

Now, starting with the 2019 Tour schedule, money won't matter.

From dollars to points

Under a new proposal approved in November 2018, the Tour will adopt a points-based system similar to the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup. Golf Channel reports the new system will award points similar the payout system for the Tour purses. Players who win Tour regular season events will earn 500 points, through the regular season until the regular-season finale, the WinCo Foods Portland Open. The Portland Open will offer 600 points to the winner.

During the three Tour Finals events, points will double, with the winner earning 1,000 points.

How PGA Tour cards are earned

The top 25 players in total points at the end of the regular season will earn guaranteed PGA Tour status at the end of the Tour Finals. Their priority order will be based on their total points earned in the regular season and Tour Finals events.

The Tour Finals format changes from dollars to points. For the players in the Tour Finals who weren't in the top 25 on the regular season points list, they will be competing for 25 PGA Tour cards based on points earned in the three Finals events.

A majority of players have been clamoring for a points system to replace money, just as the PGA Tour has done. Purses vary substantially on the Tour (as they do on the PGA Tour) from $550,000 to $800,000 in the regular season. By going to a points-based system to determine who gets PGA Tour cards, each tournament has equal focus.

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