PDGA Points System
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 within their division that 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 Points Leader Awards
These awards are presented to the PDGA members who earned the most points competing within a division at PDGA-sanctioned events during the season. EOY awards are based on actual competition within a division during the course of the year, with the exception of Junior divisions. For example, if a 50-54 aged Pro class member earned more Pro points across all Pro divisions of play than any other 50-54 aged Pro class member, they would not necessarily win an award. However, if they had more points earned while actually playing in the MP50 division than any other PDGA member, they would win the EOY award for the MP50 division. Junior accolades will be awarded to the highest point earner across all Mixed or Girls Junior divisions. Obelisks will be produced and distributed to the winners of the following divisions, so long as they meet the obelisk criteria (below): MPO, MP40, MP50, MP55, MP60, MP65, MP70, FPO, FP40, FP50, FP55, FP60, FP65, FP70; MA1, MA40, MA50, MA55, MA60, MA65, MA70, FA1, FA40, FA50, FA55, FA60, FA65, FA70; Junior Mixed, Junior Girls.
- To earn a PDGA Points Award, a player must have been a current PDGA member during that season
- Points must be earned within a specific division, unless otherwise noted (ALL Juniors earning points within a specific Junior division who meet the minimum requirements are to be considered for Junior Points Awards; the highest points earner within a specific Junior division across all Junior divisions, both mixed and female, will be declared the Junior points leaders)
- Minimum number of players earning points in the mixed division- 100
- Minimum number of players earning points in Female divisions- 50
- Minimum number of events played in the specific division- 5
- Tie Breaker: should more than one player finish the season with the same number of points earned, the number of events played in that division will serve as the tie breaker. The player who played in more events would be declared the winner. Should the tied players also have the same number of events played within that division, the tie will stand and the players will be crowned co-points leaders.
Invitations to the PDGA World Championships the following year
Although PDGA Pro Worlds (FPO & MPO) invites are based on ratings, the invitations to the PDGA World Championships for Pro Masters, Amateurs, and Juniors 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 Primary Worlds Division based on their class and age. For example, if an Amateur class player aged 40-49 in the Worlds year, earned 250 points playing MA40, 200 points playing MA1, and 100 points playing in MP40 the previous year, they would receive 450 Amateur class points towards an Amateur Worlds Championship invite in the MA40 division. (Only the Amateur MA40 points plus the Amateur MA1 points count, as the Pro points earned in MP40 don’t count since the member is Amateur class.) Members may also earn a secondary invite for another division if they earn that division's points requirement while actually playing in that division. For example, if an Amateur member aged 18 in the Worlds year earned a total of 200 amateur points (the MJ18 requirement) across all amateur divisions, they would earn an invite to MJ18 at Junior Worlds, but if they had also earned 1,500 points (the MA1 requirement) while actually playing in MA1, they would receive a secondary worlds invite for MA1 at Amateur Worlds.