How to Qualify for the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf, with all of the world’s top 100 usually chasing the famous Wanamaker Trophy. So how do you qualify?

The championship is unique in that it reserves 20 places for club professionals, who qualify through the PGA Professional Championship.

The PGA Championship is also the only Major that does not invite amateurs, billing itself as the Professionals-only Major.

So what exactly should you do to qualify for the field at Southern Hills Country Club this year?

You have to be:

A former PGA Championship winner

Winner of one of the last five US Open

Winner of one of the last five Masters

Winner of one of the last five open championships

– Winner of one of the last three Players Championships

The most recent senior PGA champion

One of the players to finish in the top 15 of last year’s tournament, including ties

In the top 70 of the PGA Championship Points rankings

One of the top 20 finishers in the PGA Professional Championship

Winner of a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament since the last PGA Championship

One of the 2020 Ryder Cup USA and Europe team players (must be ranked in the top 100 in the world)

– Additional players can also be invited, even if they do not meet the above conditions.

With these criteria, the tournament often attracts nearly all of the world’s top 100 players on the Official World Golf Rankings, and the top 100 players who don’t qualify will likely receive byes.

Note: Alternatives (reserves) will be added, if necessary, through the PGA Championship points system, i.e. number 71 in the standings will be the 1st reserve if not already qualified. It then moves down the list.