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2012 PGA Tour

The 2012 PGA Tour, the 45th season since the Tour became independent from the PGA of America, consisted of a total of 45 official money events running from early January to mid November.[1] The schedule, announced on October 19, 2011,[2] has four phases:

  • Regular season – Consisting of 37 events, starting on January 2 with the limited-field Hyundai Tournament of Champions and ending with the Wyndham Championship on August 19.
  • FedEx Cup Playoffs – As in previous seasons, this will be a series of four tournaments, starting with The Barclays on August 23–26 and ending with The Tour Championship on September 20–23.
  • Fall Series – After The Tour Championship, the principal portion of the season ends with a series of four tournaments. These tournaments, generally passed on by elite players, offer an additional opportunity for players to secure their tour cards for the following season by finishing in the top 125 on the money list, or to gain a two-year exemption by winning a tournament with a slightly weaker field than usual.
  • Between the regular season and the end of the Fall Series, the tour has three events, none of which offers official prize money.
    • The 2012 Ryder Cup, a biennial team competition involving a United States team and a European team. In 2012, this event will be held in Illinois.
    • The CIMB Classic, a limited-field event held in Malaysia that debuted in 2010.
    • The WGC-HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championships event held in China. Founded in 2005, it was elevated to WGC status in 2009, when it also became an event on the PGA Tour schedule. Although the prize money is unofficial, it now counts as an official PGA Tour win, if it is won by a PGA Tour member.

The regular season will include all four major championships and three of the World Golf Championships events. All four majors and all four WGC events are also sanctioned by the European Tour.

Schedule

The following table lists the main season events for 2012. "Date" is the ending date of each event. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event. For an explanation of the "Status" column, see PGA Tour event categories. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament.[3]

Date Tournament Location Status Winner OWGR
Jan 9 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Hawaii Unique Steve Stricker (12) 38
Jan 15 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii Regular Johnson Wagner (3) 42
Jan 22 Humana Challenge California Regular Mark Wilson (5) 44
Jan 29 Farmers Insurance Open California Regular Brandt Snedeker (3) 48
Feb 5 Waste Management Phoenix Open Arizona Regular Kyle Stanley (1) 50
Feb 12 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California Regular Phil Mickelson (40) 38
Feb 19 Northern Trust Open California Regular Bill Haas (4) 62
Feb 26 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Arizona WGC Hunter Mahan (4) 76
Feb 26 Mayakoba Golf Classic Quintana Roo, Mexico Alternate John Huh (1) 24
Mar 4 The Honda Classic Florida Regular Rory McIlroy (3) 50
Mar 11 WGC-Cadillac Championship Florida WGC Justin Rose (4) 78
Mar 11 Puerto Rico Open Puerto Rico Alternate George McNeill (2) 24
Mar 18 Transitions Championship Florida Regular Luke Donald (5) 58
Mar 25 Arnold Palmer Invitational Florida Regular Tiger Woods (72) 56
Apr 1 Shell Houston Open Texas Regular Hunter Mahan (5) 50
Apr 8 Masters Tournament Georgia Major Bubba Watson (4) 100
Apr 15 RBC Heritage South Carolina Regular Carl Pettersson (5) 50
Apr 22 Valero Texas Open Texas Regular Ben Curtis (4) 24
Apr 29 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana Regular Jason Dufner (1) 52
May 6 Wells Fargo Championship North Carolina Regular Rickie Fowler (1) 58
May 13 The Players Championship Florida Unique Matt Kuchar (4) 80
May 20 HP Byron Nelson Championship Texas Regular Jason Dufner (2) 38
May 27 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Texas Regular Zach Johnson (8) 50
Jun 3 Memorial Tournament Ohio Regular Tiger Woods (73) 68
Jun 10 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee Regular Dustin Johnson (6) 34
Jun 17 U.S. Open California Major Webb Simpson (3) 100
Jun 24 Travelers Championship Connecticut Regular Marc Leishman (1) 46
Jul 1 AT&T National Maryland Regular Tiger Woods (74) 48
Jul 8 Greenbrier Classic West Virginia Regular Ted Potter, Jr. (1) 48
Jul 15 John Deere Classic Illinois Regular Zach Johnson (9) 36
Jul 22 The Open Championship (British Open) England Major Ernie Els (19) 100
Jul 22 True South Classic Mississippi Alternate Scott Stallings (2) 24
Jul 29 RBC Canadian Open Ontario, Canada Regular Scott Piercy (2) 36
Aug 5 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Ohio WGC Keegan Bradley (3) 76
Aug 5 Reno-Tahoe Open Nevada Alternate J. J. Henry (2) 24
Aug 12 PGA Championship South Carolina Major Rory McIlroy (4) 100
Aug 20[N 1] Wyndham Championship North Carolina Regular Sergio García (8) 42
Aug 26 The Barclays New York Playoffs Nick Watney (5) 74
Sep 3 Deutsche Bank Championship Massachusetts Playoffs Rory McIlroy (5) 74
Sep 9 BMW Championship Indiana Playoffs Rory McIlroy (6) 70
Sep 23 Tour Championship Georgia Playoffs Brandt Snedeker (4) 62
Sep 30 Ryder Cup Illinois Team Team Europe n/a
Oct 7 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Nevada Fall Series Ryan Moore (2) 30
Oct 14 Frys.com Open California Fall Series Jonas Blixt (1) 24
Oct 21 McGladrey Classic Georgia Fall Series Tommy Gainey (1) 26
Oct 28 CIMB Classic Selangor, Malaysia Unofficial Nick Watney (n/a) 36
Nov 4 WGC-HSBC Champions China WGC Ian Poulter (2) 64
Nov 11 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Florida Fall Series Charlie Beljan (1) 24
Dec 2 World Challenge California Unofficial Graeme McDowell (n/a) 44
Dec 9 Franklin Templeton Shootout Florida Unofficial Sean O'Hair & Kenny Perry n/a
  1. ^ The tournament was scheduled to end on August 19, but the end of the final round was pushed back to the following day due weather delays.

Money leaders

This section shows the final money leaders table.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ($)
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 16 8,047,952
2 Tiger Woods  United States 19 6,133,158
3 Brandt Snedeker  United States 22 4,989,739
4 Jason Dufner  United States 22 4,869,304
5 Bubba Watson  United States 19 4,644,997
6 Zach Johnson  United States 25 4,504,244
7 Justin Rose  England 19 4,290,930
8 Phil Mickelson  United States 22 4,203,821
9 Hunter Mahan  United States 23 4,019,193
10 Keegan Bradley  United States 25 3,910,658
  • There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.

Awards

Award Winner Country
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
PGA Player of the Year Rory McIlroy[4]  Northern Ireland
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Rory McIlroy[4]  Northern Ireland
Scoring leader (PGA - Vardon Trophy) Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
Scoring leader (PGA Tour - Byron Nelson Award) Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
Rookie of the Year John Huh  United States
Comeback Player of the Year None[5]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "2012 PGA Tour schedule" (Press release). PGA Tour. October 19, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2012 PGA TOUR schedule included notable changes" (Press release). PGA Tour. October 19, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Ranking points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale. The major championships and the Players Championship have fixed allocations, but the points of the other tournaments depend on the strength of the field so they are not available in advance.
  4. ^ a b "McIlroy clinches awards in memorable year". PGA Tour. Associated Press. October 10, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Doug (November 13, 2012). "Tour changing the way it looks at 'comeback player' award, no one on ballot this year".  

External links

  • Schedule on the PGA Tour's official site
  • 2012 PGA Tour at ESPN
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