PGA Tournament Rules


The Professional Golfers' Association of America sponsors a variety of golf tournaments each year. Tournaments include the US Open Championship in June, the John Deere Classic in July and the Deutsche Bank Championship in September. The PGA has rules and regulations for tournaments including dress code and rules of golf.

Dress Code

  • Golfers are expected to dress in a professional manner. According to the Illinois PGA tournament regulations, jeans, cutoff shorts and T-shirts are not permitted. If the club at which the tournament is held has other dress code requirements for players or caddies, these should be followed. In addition, competitors and caddies may not use cell phones during the competition.

Tournament Eligibility

  • Players must be members or apprentices in good standing with the PGA to be eligible to participate in tournaments. Other qualifications vary by tournament. For example, according to the Minnesota PGA Entry Form, tournaments may accept a limited number of players from a qualifying event prior to the tournament or entries from winners of PGA champion tour events.

    If a player enters an event he is not eligible for, this is a penalty and may result in the player;s eligibility in other PGA events being suspended. In addition, players may not enter non-PGA events on the same day as a PGA event, unless the PGA has approved entry; otherwise, the player will be suspended for six months.

Rules of Golf

  • The PGA tournaments are played by the United States Golf Association Rules of Golf. Games consist of 18 holes that must be played in order. Each player may carry up to 14 clubs. Players are not allowed to take practice shots during a game. If the ball is hit into a hazard such as sand, the player is not allowed to move the ball or to alter the land to get better access to the ball. The exception to this is if the ball is on the green, the player may brush away loose leaves or obstructions.


  • Players may receive penalties for misconduct or failure to comply with the rules of the tournament. According to PGA Northern Texas Section, these penalties will remain on the player's record for three calendar years. After three years, the penalty will be removed. Violations include breaking the rules of golf or behaving in an unprofessional or disrespectful manner by using profanity, throwing a club in anger or consuming alcohol on the course.

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