Professionals and Amateurs/Players Seeking Amateur Status with a handicap index when applied to the qualifying course slope will generate a handicap of two (2) or less. The PGA TOUR reserves the right to verify the handicap index of amateurs/players seeking amateur status and to refuse anyone not meeting the requirements.
Please note: due to government regulations surrounding travel to Bermuda, all players who qualify for the Bermuda Championship must be fully vaccinated prior to travel. Because of these requirements, players in contention for successfully advancing to the tournament must show proof of vaccination when returning their scorecard (during Open Qualifier Only).
The following are exempt from pre-qualifying:
- 2021-22 Season PGA TOUR Member
- Current Korn Ferry Tour Member
- Current PGA TOUR Champions Regular Member
- PGA Section Exemption (3 players maximum)
- Former PGA TOUR Members from 2018-2021
- Player making a cut on the PGA TOUR in 2021-22 season
- Players in the top 100 on the World Golf Rankings as of the non-member entry deadline
- Players in the PGA TOUR event immediately preceding the Open Qualifier
18-Hole Stroke Play Competition
120 Players (Entries are first come, first serve)
The number of Pre-Qualifiers that will advance to the Monday Open Qualifying Competition will be approximately 25 and ties; when more than one pre-qualifying site is used, the split for each site will be announced when the pairings are posted. In the event that the pre-qualifying entries number less than 50 at the non-member entry deadline, the pre-qualifying will be held and the percentage of players advancing to the Open Qualifying will be 75% of the Pre-Qualifying field and any ties.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
OFFICIAL STARTING TIMES
Starting times will be available after 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 9th. Times will be posted online at nfpga.com and at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
#1 Tee Start at 8:00 AM (subject to change)
Omni Orlando Resort ChampionsGate - International Course
Availability: October 6 - 12 on a space available basis
Restrictions: Availabilty on October 9 and 10 is after 12:00PM
Call the Golf Shop directly: (407) 787-4653
Players who withdraw prior to entry deadline will be refunded their entry minus a $25.00 processing fee. Players who withdraw after the registration deadline will not be refunded any portion of their entry fee.
PROCEDURES & INFORMATION
Rules of Golf
Play shall be governed in accordance with the Rules of Golf of the United States Golf Association, as modified by the PGA TOUR Local Rules and Terms of the Competition card (Hard Card) and supplemented by the Notice to Competitors. Questions or disputes (including equipment rulings) shall be settled by the on-site Rules Committee appointed by the PGA TOUR, whose decision shall be final.
Players are not required to have a caddie. Caddies are not permitted to walk on the competition course putting greens on the day(s) of the competition except during the stipulated round when accompanying their player. See Transportation for additional information.
Distance Measuring Devices
For play in Open Qualifying, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If during the
stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play
(e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 4.3a(1).
Guidance on Use of Cell Phones During Round
The use of cell phones in an Open Qualifier tournament is typically prohibited by Tournament Regulations; although the PGA Tour Rules Committee may allow use of cell phones during a round due to the new protocols in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. When allowed, the following general uses of cell phones by players and caddies during a round are allowed: checking the leaderboard in the tournament, use as a compass, getting distance information by using as an electronic distance-measuring device, getting any type of weather information (including wind speed) that is available from weather forecasts, measuring temperature and humidity at the course. A Notice to Competitors on what is allowed and not allowed will be provided to the competitors by the Section.
Open Qualifying contestants MUST use equipment which conforms to the Local Rule for Groove and Punch Mark Specifications as implemented in the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Korn Ferry Tour Local Rules and Terms of the Competition (Hard Card). This condition shall NOT apply to Pre-Qualifying. The complete specifications for grooves in elite competitions along with a public database listing conformity of many clubs can be found at USGA.org (click on Playing > Equipment > Club & Ball Lists > Informational Club Database) or by contacting the USGA Equipment Standards Department at (908) 234-2300. Players should confirm that their equipment conforms to the new specifications well in advance of the competition and should be aware that conforming equipment must be used in Open Qualifying, even if a player is successful in pre-qualifying with non-conforming grooves.
If, before the competition, a player has doubt as to the conformity of a club, PGA Section officials will attempt to determine the status of the club(s), but play will not be delayed in doing so. There will be no on-site field testing for groove conformity at Open Qualifying. If the club(s) in question is not listed on the public databases listing conformity of clubs, the club shall not be used in the competition.
In the event that it is discovered that a player’s club(s) do not conform after the close of the competition, the provisions of Rule 20 of the Rules of Golf shall apply.
Pace of Play
The PGA TOUR Pace of Play Policy will be in effect for the Open Qualifier, except the fine structure shall not apply. Sections will be required, under the guidance of the PGA TOUR Tournament Official, to create a Pace of Play Time Chart.
The use of traditional metal spikes is permitted during the Competition. Soft spikes may be required during practice rounds at the discretion of the host facilities.
Players and Caddies shall walk at all times during Open qualifying rounds, except when permitted to ride by the Rules Committee. Players are not required to have a caddie; they may carry their clubs or use a manual or motorized pull cart. Players are permitted to ride during a Pre-Qualifying round, however, either the player or the caddy may ride in the cart but not both at the same time.
Anyone seeking a golf cart due to a disability defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the PGA TOUR Competition Department at (904) 285-3700 to obtain information on procedures for submitting such requests. All such requests due to temporary injuries or impairments that do not qualify as a “disability” under the ADA will not be granted.
Players: While on the host facility property on the day(s) of competition, players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Blue jeans, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn. Players are permitted to wear golf shorts which are knee length, tailored and neat in appearance. Compression leggings worn underneath shorts must be solid in color.
Caddies: While on the host facility property on the day(s) of competition, caddies may wear either long pants or tailored solid colored knee length shorts or skorts. Blue jeans, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn. Smooth rubber sole shoes are required. Sandals, open toe shoes, and golf shoes with traditional metal or soft spikes are prohibited.
Players and Caddies shall conform to the host facility’s appearance policies while onsite during any practice round.
While on host facility property during qualifying rounds; players and caddies shall conduct themselves in a professional manner. PGA TOUR reserves the right to remove a player from the qualifying competition for; non competitiveness; conduct unbecoming a professional by the player; conduct unbecoming a professional by the players’ caddie.
Reduction or Cancellation
Any reduction or cancellation in the respective qualifying competition shall be in accordance with Reduction/Cancellation Guidelines as found in the PGA TOUR Tournament Regulations. In the event that the competition is canceled without any player having been able to play, all entry fees will be refunded. In the event the competition is canceled after play has begun, all entry fees will be refunded, minus a $25 administrative charge per player.
If in the judgment of the on-site PGA TOUR Rules Official or designee, whose decision shall be final, conditions render commencement or continuation of tournament play inadvisable, play shall be postponed until such time as the PGA TOUR Rules Official or designee determines that such weather conditions or other occurrences or conditions have improved sufficiently for play to commence or resume.
In situations involving adverse weather conditions or any other occurrence or condition, our first priority is the completion of the qualifying competition. Every effort will be made to achieve this objective by the end of the scheduled competition day.
In the event the qualifying competition cannot be completed by the end of the scheduled competitive day, play will be extended. Every effort will be made to complete the qualifying competition as soon as possible. The Open Qualifying competition will not continue beyond the end of the day immediately preceding the first scheduled tournament round of the competition. In the event one or more of the 18-hole Open Qualifying contestants cannot be identified, those qualifying spots will be filled by the next available players on the PGA TOUR Alternate List.
PGA TOUR Reserves the right to change the format, venue(s), qualifying spots and other criteria as presently contemplated.