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. The leading 30 players also receive category 4 membership of the second tier Challenge Tour, with the remainder of those making the 72-hole cut being granted category 7 status, and those missing the cut, category 12. Any player not making it through to the final stage is able to take up category UR1 membership, with limited opportunities to participate in tournaments during the season.
Com Tour Q School was reduced to a four-round event. LPGA Tour [ edit ]
The field consists of Regional Qualifying winners and players who received exemptions into the Final Stage. The top 30 players, plus ties, earn Champions Tour cards for the following year. However, for most, this only provides entry into Monday qualifying—only the top 5 players, not including ties,  are assured of entry into regular tour events, and only for the first half of the season.
 If necessary, a playoff is used to reduce the number of fully exempt players to 5. Golfers who will turn 50 during the next Champions Tour season are allowed to enter Q-School, although they will not be eligible to compete on the tour until their birth date. An example of this occurred at the 2012 Q-School, with two of the top five finishers having been born on June 13, 1963.
Their exemptions were temporarily taken up by the sixth- and seventh-place finishers.  Players 6th-12th are conditionally exempt. Those in the top thirty plus ties are given entry into all open-qualifying tournaments.
Com Tour for the PGA Tour, the Challenge Tour for the European Tour or the Symetra Tour for the LPGA Tour.
No extra fee is charged for entry. The top 45 players, plus ties, receive Tournament Division Membership. Their priority position varies depending on their Q-School finish: Other qualification methods [ edit ]
Each is played over three rounds. This stage was introduced in 2006 with four tournaments (six in 2007, four in 2008). In each tournament, roughly 35 to 40 players, plus ties, advance to the next stage.
Participants in this stage are former college players and mini-tour veterans who have never played in a PGA-sanctioned event or major international tour. The European Tour has a three-stage qualifying school:
A number of players who earned PGA Tour privileges through a Top 25 finish on the Web. Com Tour also played in the final stage in attempts to improve their status and order in the reshuffle. The reshuffle alternated between Q School and Web.
Com Tour graduates, with higher-finishing players getting more priority in tournaments. The initial reshuffle began with the Q School medalist, then 2nd place on the Web. Com Tour money list (the money leader is fully exempt), second in Q School, and so on.
The order would change according to season earnings after the eighth tournament of the season, the Masters, Players Championship, U. Open, and British Open, again with the highest earning players receiving higher priority into tournaments.
These tournaments are scheduled so that they do not conflict, and golfers may enter one or both sectionals. The entry fee is $4000 for one sectional or $5000 for both. The top 30 players, plus ties, from each sectional advance.
The 2012 Qualifying Tournament was the last to award PGA Tour privileges. The tour announced in March 2012 that after the end of the 2013 PGA Tour season in September of that year, the 2014 season will begin the following month, and future seasons will begin in October of the previous calendar year. As a result, from 2013 on, the Qualifying Tournament will only award privileges on the Web. New PGA Tour cards for the 2014 season and beyond will instead be awarded at the end of a four-tournament series, known as the Web. Com Tour Finals, in which the top 75 money winners on the Web.
Com Tour and non-exempt golfers placing between 126 and 200 on the FedEx Cup points list will be eligible. Com Tour money list heading into the Finals will receive PGA Tour cards, with the remaining 25 cards to be awarded based on money earned in the Finals.
 The Finals money list will determine the priority placing for all 50 card earners in the coming season, including those earning cards through the Web.  The leading 30 players and ties at Final Qualifying receive category 11 membership of the European Tour, which entitles them to entry to a substantial number of European Tour events, but not to the more prestigious stops on the tour unless a large number of players in higher exemption categories miss those tournaments.
Roughly the top 25 players plus ties in each tournament advance. The PGA Tour's was officially known as the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, but the organization also frequently refers to it as "Q-School. " The system dated back to 1965.
The 2012 edition (the final Q School that offered a direct path to the PGA Tour) involved four stages:
Q-Schools [ edit ] PGA Tour [ edit ] Web. Com Tour graduates did not count against the 25. In the event that there were less than 25 after the Web.
Com Tour graduates were discounted, those in the next position were given PGA Tour cards, as in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, twenty-six golfers originally earned tour cards, which also included Web. Com Tour graduates Roberto Castro and Mark Anderson.
As there were fewer than 25 after Castro and Anderson were not counted, Nathan Green, Colt Knost, and John Huh were also given Tour cards for 2012. Huh was the most successful of the three, winning at Mayakoba, playing in all four stages of the FedEx Cup, and finishing 28th on the money list en route to Rookie of the Year honors. Knost did well enough to keep his Tour privileges, while former PGA Tour winner Green finished outside the Top 150. 4 Champions Tour
European Tour [ edit ]
They alternate with the golfers who finished between 81 and 90 on the previous year's LPGA money list.
Their priority ranking for purposes of tournament entry is 24; this ranking enables them to enter most full-field events on the PGA Tour, but not more prestigious stops on the tour unless a substantial number of players in higher categories skip the events. For example, the top 125 players on the previous year's money list who are not otherwise eligible are at priority 19; sponsor's exemptions are priority 11; and winners of PGA Tour events in the previous two years are priority 9. The next 50 players plus ties after the top 25 earned fully exempt Web.
Com Tour cards for the following year, and any remaining finishers receive conditional status on the Web.