Min Woo Lee temporary member of PGA Tour
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1094
Min Woo Lee was expected to finish 27th or better, Ryan Fox 59th. The two men succeeded in their mission by finishing the second Major of the season in 18th and 23rd place respectively. The result, temporary PGA Tour membership.
Min Woo Lee, Pga Tour
In other words, they can take as many sponsor exemptions to PGA Tour events as they want for the rest of the year. If, at the end of the season, either has more points than 125th place in the FedEx Cup, they will get their PGA Tour card for the following season.
Thus, the two players are not really members of the American circuit, they will not appear on the official classification of the FedEx Cup and will not be able to participate in the play-offs this year. Of course, they would immediately become members if they were to win an event by the end of the season.
Note that the Australian and the New Zealander will be at the start of the Charles Schwab Challenge this Thursday in Fort Worth alongside Michael Block in particular. The PGA Tour is an organization that curates major professional golf tours in the United States.
It is based in Ponte Vedra Beach, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida. The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968, when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers.
Tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division", a fully autonomous division of the PGA, overseen by a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.
The name then officially changed to "PGA Tour" in 1975. In 1981, it had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. From the end of August of that year it becomes "TPA Tour", which stands for "Tournament Players Association".
The dispute was resolved within seven months and the name of the tour reverted to being "PGA Tour" in March 1982. Due to the multiplicity of similar denominations, it is good to explain what the PGA Tour does and does not do.
The PGA Tour does not operate any of the major four tournaments or the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, organizes the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organises the Ryder Cup with the PGA European Tour.
The PGA Tour is not involved in the women's tours of the United States, which are controlled by the LPGA. Furthermore, the PGA Tour is not the official body that regulates the game of golf in the United States: this is instead the role of the USGA, which also organizes the U.S.
open. Instead, what the PGA Tour does is organize all the rest of the golf events week after week, including The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup as well as the biennial Presidents Cup.