How to Qualify for the Players Championship

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The Players Championship is one of the most prestigious events in golf. Only 156 of the world's top golfers are invited to play. In 2009, the winner received $1.7 million out of a $9.5 million purse. Players Championship winners also are granted invitations to that year's U.S. Open and PGA Championship, three-year invitations to the Masters and British Open and a five-year exemption from qualifying for the PGA Tour. Qualifying criteria, set by the Professional Golfers' Association, adjust yearly. This set of qualifications is for the 2010 championship.

  • Win a PGA Tour event through the final week before the 2010 PGA Championship.

  • Win the 2009 Masters.

  • Win the 2010 Senior PGA Championship.

  • Win the 2009 U.S. Open.

  • Finish in the top 20 of the 2009 PGA Championship.

  • Win the 2009 British Open.

  • Place in the top 70 of the special money list on the PGA Tour from 2009 WGC-Bridgestone through 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

  • Be ranked in the top 100 world rankings on Aug. 2.

Tips & Warnings

  • If there are fewer than 156 players based on the above qualification, the PGA allows players "beyond top 70 from special money list will gain entry in order of position."

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