What are Alternate Events on the PGA Tour?

By Ryan Watson

The PGA Tour is known for its big money events full of the games biggest stars, but what about alternate events? Alternate events take place only a few times each year and occur the same week as higher profile tournaments, typically ones with a limited field. Specifically, there are 5 alternate events on the PGA Tour right now which occur the same weeks as each of the 4 World Golf Championships as well as the British Open.

Alternate events feature a weakened field and smaller prize purse, with the top tier golfers competing in the more prestigious tournament. In addition, these events also award fewer FedExCup points (300, rather than 500, goes to the winner) and alternate events are weighed less when calculating a player’s Official World Golf Rankings. But that doesn’t mean there isn't’t value in these events. They allow newer players a greater chance to achieve a breakout victory, with 3 of 5 alternate events in 2019 going to first-time winners. A win at an alternate event does not include a Masters invitation, but it does come with a 2 year exemption on the PGA Tour.

2019-2020 Alternate Events

The following are all the alternate events for the 2019-2020 season, with the main tournament included in parentheses.

  • Nov. 30 Bermuda Championship (WGC-HSBC Champions)
  • Feb. 20 Puerto Rico Championship (WGC-Mexico Championship)
  • Mar. 29 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play)
  • July 5 Barracuda Championship (WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational)
  • July 19 Barbasol Championship (The Open Championship)

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.