How Hard is it Really to Become a Professional Golfer?

Everyone knows of the golfers we see on TV almost every week, competing at the highest level. They seem to make it look so easy, even the ones that seemingly appear out of nowhere to becoming a star. But how do they get there? On top of having the discipline and skills necessary to compete, becoming a professional golfer is an arduous process, with many steps.


  1. Local Amateur Tournaments

To begin your golfing career, you’ll have to compete in local amateur tournaments. Permitting you do well in these, you’ll gain the opportunity to compete in state-level amateur tournaments.

  1. Mini-Tour Events

As an amateur, you can play in mini-tour events without being able to claim the “purse” or prize money.

  1. Qualifying for the PGA

If you do well enough in these tournaments, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a PGA tour qualifying event. Even making it to the final round doesn’t make you eligible for a PGA Tour card. You must be in the top 25 of this group to be able to qualify for the Nationwide tour.

  1. Keeping your card

You have to stay in the top of PGA’s money list to maintain your card, and win a certain amount of events to stay eligible year-to-year.


Even once you have your card, keeping it is an entirely different story. You have to be constantly playing at peak excellence at risk of not having a job in the coming year. With so many golfers making it look simple on the television, hopefully this gives insight in to the level of commitment it takes to compete at the highest level.


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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