PDGA Points are awarded to members based on how they finish in PDGA-sanctioned events. When a member completes a PDGA-sanctioned tournament or league they receive a point for each player they tie or beat (including themselves) multiplied by the points factor determined by the tier level of the event and the division competed in. Tournaments are calculated on final standings, leagues are calculated for each week of the league and then combined (but have a smaller points factor than tournaments). These point factors may be viewed in the PDGA Tour Player Divisions, Ratings, and Points Factors chart.
PDGA points are used at the end of the calendar year to determine two things:
End-of-Year PDGA Awards
These awards are presented for the larger non-ratings-based divisions (MPO, MPM, MPG, MPS, FPO, FPM, FPG; MA1, MM1, MG1, MS1, FW1, FM1, MJ1, FJ1) at the following year’s World Championships to the PDGA member who earned the most points while competing within the division in PDGA-sanctioned events. Prior to the 2011 season, EOY awards were based on the total points a player earned, not by division earned in. For example, because Ken Climo was a masters-aged player, he won the MPM end-of-year award despite never actually competing within the MPM division. Since the 2011 season this is no longer the case. EOY awards are no longer based on the member’s age or assumed division; they are based on actual competition within a division during the course of the year. For example, if a grandmaster-aged Pro class member earned more Pro points across all Pro divisions of play than any other grandmaster-aged Pro class member they would not necessarily win an award. However, if they had more points earned while actually playing in the MPG division than any other Pro class member, they would win the EOY award for the MPG division.
Invitations to the PDGA World Championships the following year
Invitations to the PDGA World Championships are based on a current member meeting a published minimum number of points for their age-based division during the previous year’s PDGA Tour. Unlike the End-of-Year awards, all points earned within any division matching the member’s class (Pro or Amateur) count towards a Worlds invitation for their age-based division. For example, if an Amateur class player earned 250 points playing MM1, 200 points playing MA1, and 100 points playing in MPM, they would receive 450 Amateur class points towards an Amateur Worlds Championship in the MM1 division. (The Amateur MM1 points plus the Amateur MA1 points; the Pro points earned in MPM don’t count since the member is Amateur class.)