This past weekend Patrick Reed won the WGC – Cadillac Championship. This is the third of four WGC events in this year’s “wrap around” season.
This week let’s review …what are these World Golf Events?
In 1996 professional golf’s five ruling bodies – the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the South African Tour (formerly known as The Sunshine Tour) formed the International Federation of PGA Tours. Their primary purpose was to launch a new set of tournaments that would truly be global. The Asian Tour joined the Federation in 1999. The first World Golf Championships were played in 1999.
The idea was to have championships comprised of the very best global players. Each championship has its own way of identifying the field and, typically, the field size is much, much smaller than regular PGA Tour events. The field consists of the top money winners from the previous year on the various tours and the top players in the World Golf Ranking. Here is a side by side comparison of WGC Events with the other events on Tour:
Field Size Purse Friday Cut Fed Ex Points
Open events 144 -156 $ 5MM to $ 7 MM Low 70 500
Invitational events 100 -120 $ 6.2MM to $ 6.4MM Low 70 500
WGC 64 – 75 $ 8.5MM to $ 9MM No cut 550
Masters 90-100 $ 8MM Low 50 600
Players 145 $ 10MM Low 70 600
US Open 144 $ 8MM Low 60 600
British Open 156 $ 8MM Low 80 600
PGA Championship 158 $ 10MM Low 70 600
Playoff # 1 120 $ 8MM Low 70 2500
Playoff # 2 100 $ 8MM Low 70 2500
Playoff # 3 70 $ 8MM No cut 2500
Tour Championship 30 $ 8MM No cut 2500
Today there are four WGC events. The first one in this new wrap around season is the WGC – HSBC Champions in Shanghai in the fall. It was not originally an official WGC event but has been since 2009. The other three original WGC events are the Accenture Match Play in February, WGC Cadillac Championship in March and The WGC Bridgestone Championship in August.
An interesting note …
The HP Byron Nelson Championship has a $ 6.900,000 purse. It is among the highest purses of any event on the PGA Tour. Other than the major championships, the WGC events and the play-off events there are 32 other events on the PGA Tour. The HP Byron Nelson Championship has the second highest purse of those other 32 events.
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