Monday, February 13, 2012


NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE PGAThe status of the Titleist PGA Play-Offs has been enhanced with this year’s top three players automatically securing their place in the 2013 GB and I PGA Cup team.
The end of season play-offs, which pit the top three players from each of the PGA’s seven regions plus the top two from the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship and the winner of the Powerade PGA Assistants’ Championship in the quest to find the PGA’s No.1 player, has also been expanded to a four-day 72-hole tournament.
Returning to Turkey for the second successive year at the highly-regarded PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club, the prestigious showpiece will take place from Monday, December 10 to Thursday, December 13.
The PGA Play-Offs offer the top two finishers invites to a number of the European Tour’s blue chip tournaments, while the top 10 will cement their place at the flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. A handful of Challenge Tour invites will also be on offer to the leading players.
The additional incentive of three PGA Cup places will come into play in the years preceding the biennial contest between GB and i and the USA. The 26th PGA Cup match will take place in the autumn of 2013.
Simon Higginbottom, the PGA head of tournaments, explained the amendments to the Play-Offs, which were first competed for in 2006.
“The fact that the 2013 PGA Cup team will consist of three players from the Play-Offs is testament to the quality of the field and the Regional Order of Merit series across Great Britain and Ireland that combine to decide 21 of the players.
“It is for these reasons, reinforced by our return to the excellent PGA Sultan Course that the decision has been made to extend the Titleist PGA Play-Offs to a 72-hole contest.
“This complements the format of the other qualification method via the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship for the 10-man team and mirrors the length of events PGA members will experience on European and Challenge Tours if successful at the PGA Play-Offs.”



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