What Are PGA Tour Signature Events and Which Tournaments Are They?

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Chris Kirk motions on the 18th green after the final round of The Sentry golf event, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 04, 2024, 11:21 AM
  • PGA Tour signature events were established in 2024.
  • There are a total of eight, not including the majors, playoff events and Players Championship.
  • There will be smaller fields and increased purse sizes.

The PGA Tour has made some significant changes over the past few years, with one of the most significant being increasing the PGA Tour prize money payouts for tournaments.

In the process, the PGA Tour has a new classification system for their tournaments, and with that comes a new term, “signature events.”

What Are PGA Tour Signature Events?

PGA Tour signature events — eight for the 2024 season — are limited-field tournaments with increased prize money and FedExCup points (700 points to the winner).

In 2023, they were referred to as designated events.

The Sentry was the season’s first signature event and included PGA Tour winners from the previous calendar year, as well as the top 50 members from the 2022-23 FedExCup standings. Chris Kirk was the eventual champion.

PGA Tour Signature Events Qualifiers

Eligibility for the remaining seven signature events includes the top 50 members from the 2022-23 FedExCup standings, current year tournament winners, top 30 players in Official World Golf Rankings, 15 members who can play their way in through The Next 10 and The Swing 5 and four sponsors exemptions.

The Next 10 is players inside the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings a week prior to a signature event. The Swing 5 is players who accumulate the most FedEx Cup points in the few weeks before a signature event.

PGA Tour Signature Events 2024

DateTournamentWinner
Jan. 4-7The SentryChris Kirk
Feb. 1-3AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmWyndham Clark
Feb. 15-18The Genesis InvitationalHideki Matsuyama
March 7-10Arnold Palmer Invitational-
April 18-21RBC Heritage-
May 9-12Wells Fargo Championship-
June 6-9the Memorial-
June 20-23Travelers Championship-

The three player-hosted invitationals (The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday) will feature a 36-hole cut to the top 50 and ties and any player within 10 shots of the lead, and a redistribution of prize money that allocates 20 percent to the winner ($4 million), up from 18 percent.

The remaining five signature events will not have a cut and will continue to allocate 18 percent to the winner.

2023 PGA Tour Designated Events

DateDesignated EventPurseWinner
Jan. 5-8Sentry Tournament of Champions$15 millionJon Rahm
Feb. 9-12WM Phoenix Open$20 millionScottie Scheffler
Feb. 16-19Genesis Invitational$20 millionJon Rahm
Mar. 2-5Arnold Palmer Invitational$20 millionKurt Kitayama
Mar. 9-12 The Players Championship$25 millionScottie Scheffler
Mar. 23-26WGC Dell Technologies Match Play$20 millionSam Burns
Apr. 6-9Masters Tournament$18 millionJon Rahm
Apr. 13-16RBC Heritage$20 millionMatt Fitzpatrick
May 4-7Wells Fargo Championship$20 millionWyndham Clark
May 18-21PGA Championship$17.5 millionBrooks Koepka
June 1-4the Memorial Tournament$20 millionViktor Hovland
June 15-18U.S. Open$20 million Wyndham Clark
June 22-25Travelers Championship$20 millionKeegan Bradley
July 20-23Open Championship$16.5 million Brian Harman
Aug. 10-13FedEx St. Jude Championship$20 millionLucas Glover
Aug. 17-20BMW Championship$20 millionViktor Hovland
Aug. 24-27Tour Championship$70 million Viktor Hovland

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”