2019 PGA Championship

Dates, Site, Qualifying Info

A view of the 13th hole at Bethpage Black
Bethpage Black (this is the 13th hole) is the site of the 2019 PGA Championship. David Cannon/Getty Images

The PGA Championship, run by the PGA of America, was first played in 1916. The tournament is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf.

For most of its history, this major was played in August. However, beginning at the 2019 PGA Championship, the tournament moved to a May date on the schedule.

The 2019 PGA Championship Golf Course

Bethpage Black, as it is known, is a public golf course in New York that was designed by A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1936. Bethpage Black has hosted major championships before and is scheduled for more big events in the future. Its two previous majors (with their winners):

Bethpage Black is also part of the rotation for The Barclays/Northern Trust tournament, part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff series. And it will be the site of the 2024 Ryder Cup.

Qualifying Criteria for 2019 PGA Championship

There are multiple ways that golfers can qualify to play in the PGA Championship. The field also always includes 20 club professionals playing along with the touring pros. Players who meet the following qualifications (note - subject to change prior to 2019 PGA) earn berths in the field:

  • All former PGA Champions
  • Winners of the previous five U.S. Opens
  • Winners of the previous five Masters
  • Winners of the previous five British Opens
  • The current year Senior PGA Champion
  • The low 15 (and ties) finishers from the previous PGA Championship
  • The low 20 finishers in the current year PGA Professional National Championship (these are the club pros)
  • Top 70 players on the PGA Championship points list for a one-year period concluding (typically) two weeks prior to the current year PGA Championship
  • Members of the most recent Ryder Cup teams (both USA and Europe)
  • Winners of PGA Tour events during the period from last year's PGA Championship to this year's PGA
  • Remaining openings in the field filled by the first available player(s) from PGA Championship points list
  • Plus any player the PGA of America might choose to invite who otherwise failed to meet the above qualifying criteria.