2024 PGA Championship format, cut rules and playoff format

2024 PGA Championship format, cut rules and playoff format

A photo of golfer Scottie Scheffler AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 27: Scottie Scheffler of the United States plays his shot from the first tee in his finals match against Kevin Kisner of the United States on the final day of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The 2024 PGA Championship format remains unchanged from 2023, with the PGA of America-run major championship remaining in May and being played at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

The 2024 PGA Championship field is 156 players. A total of 20 players in the field are PGA of America professionals who qualified through their finish in the PGA of America Professional Championship. Michael Block is a PGA of America professional who qualified via a top-15 finish in the PGA Championship last year.

The remainder of the players in the field qualify through 14 other categories, including all former PGA champions, recent winners in the other majors and effectively the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

PGA Championship format

The PGA Championship format is a 72-hole event. The field is divided into morning and afternoon waves for the first two rounds, with players competing in threesomes each day. The same threesomes play together in each of the first two rounds, with one round starting on No. 1 tee and one round on No. 10 tee. There's one round in the morning wave and one round in the afternoon wave.

A cut is made after 36 holes to the top 70 players and ties, including the PGA of America professionals in the field.

For the third and fourth rounds, pairings and tee times are made based on each player's total score through two and three rounds, respectively. Players with the highest total score go first, then in descending order until the two players with the lowest total score in the final group.

The player with the lowest total score after 72 holes is the winner.

A playoff to settle any ties after 72 holes will be played under rules different than the PGA Tour. The PGA Championship playoff format is a three-hole, aggregate-score format, with holes 13, 17 and 18 played together by any qualifying players. The player with the lowest combined score on those three playoff holes wins. If any players are tied after the aggregate playoff, the playoff then becomes a sudden-death playoff, played hole-by-hole until a winner is determined.

The winning player will get the 18 percent winner's share of the purse, a five-year PGA Tour exemption and a lifetime exemptions into the PGA Championship. The winner is exempt into the next five editions of the Masters, US Open and Open Championship and The Players. The winner earns 750 FedEx Cup points.

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