Info, Rules & Policies

Q-School

Step-By-Step Instructions for Earning Your TGC Tours Card

Q-School Details

Tournament Procedures

What Tour or Flight am I on?

You can find out by looking at your name in the top right corner of www.tgctours.com – your tour/flight will be beside it.

Where do I find the Tournaments in-game?

All our events are played in the following societies:

TGCTours (PGA Tour)
TGCTours (European Tour)
TGCTours (Web.com Tour)
TGCTours (CC-Pro) for CC-A, CC-B, CC-C and Q-School
TGCTours (CC-Am) for CC-D, CC-E and CC-Z

Tournament Registration

TGC Tours now has auto-registration and auto-score submission assuming you have correctly entered your gamertag exactly as it appears on your systems leaderboard in-game.

You can still pre-register by going to your tour’s schedule page or by using the Upcoming Events grid on the main page of www.tgctours.com

Pre-registration opens 14 days in advance of the start of a tournament and closes 48 hours prior to the official start date of tournament.

Auto-registration closes on the Friday at 8am UTC - so make sure you meet any deadlines prior to that time. You may only register for a tournament on the tour in which you are a card holder. There are no longer crossovers between the PGA and European tours.

There are no restrictions on the number of tournaments you may enter during a season. However, you may only enter into one tournament per week. One exception is the True Sim Tour - you can play the TST alongside your regular tour every week.

Withdrawing from a Tournament

There is no need to withdraw from tournaments. If you pre-registered or were auto-registered and did not play a single hole you will receive a Did Not Play Event for the week.

If you have teed off and can’t/don’t finish, you will receive a DQ for the week.

Cross-Overs

We have removed the ability to cross-over in TGC2 (PGA to Euro and vise versa).

Score Submission

Scores are automatically pulled from the game. Please ensure your gamertag in your TGCT profile matches your console/PC gamertag exactly (including case-sensitivity and spacing). If your scores do not get pulled within the first 2 hours (assuming event has officially opened on site), click the Submit Ticket to get admin help.

My Scores table

Use the My Scores table on the leaderboard to self verify the scores you shot. Within 2 hours of completing your rounds you should see them in the My Scores table. Please note that not all your scores will show on the main leaderboard as they are slow revealed throughout the week.

API will not pull scores until the event opens officially (Monday) so if you play early on Sunday you will have to wait a day to see your scores.

Round Deadlines - PGA, Euro, and Web.com

1st and 2nd round scores must be completed prior to 8am UTC on Friday of the tournament week.

3rd and 4th rounds completed prior to the tournament's closing at 8am UTC on Sunday.

Round Deadlines - Challenge Circuit

You must complete your first round by Friday at 8am UTC if you are relying on auto-registration. If you pre-registered, all 4 rounds must be completed by 8am UTC on Sunday.

Cuts

There are no cuts on the Challenge Circuit.

For all other tours, cuts for all tournaments will be the top 70 plus ties (unless otherwise noted) of all scores that have completed rounds 1 and 2 by the aforementioned deadline. For tournaments with large numbers of participants, we may increase the cut line to be nearer to 50% of the field.

If you miss a cut, your third and fourth round scores will be displayed as MC.

You may still play your Round 3 and 4 even before the cuts are made if you wish, but any Round 3 or 4 score posted that doesn't make the cut will be removed from the database. It will be as though you never played it.

Round Advancement

The tournament leaderboard will show progressive round scoring based on the following schedule:

Winners and Ties

The player with the lowest total number of strokes after four rounds will be the tournament winner. In the event of tie at the top of the leaderboard, the lowest score on the 18th hole of the 4th round will be the winner. If still a tie, the previous hole be used until a winner is decided. If for any reason a scorecard is not available the lowest 4th round score (then 3rd, 2nd, 1st) will be used. Last tiebreaker will be best WGR.

Majors and Invitational Tournaments

For the Majors, WGC events, and any other invitational only tournaments, you will be automatically registered by TGC Tours.

Notification of your invitation will be sent out one week prior to the registration open date of the tournament.

For tournaments that require specific qualifications to enter, we will post those qualifications in the forums prior to the registration open date.

If you are a PGA or Euro card holder and you qualify for an invitational event, you must play in that event or sit out for that week.

Tour Membership

Earning a Card

To earn a tour card, you must complete Q-School where your score will determine what tour card you will receive. Please refer to the Q-School section of this page for further details.

Losing a Card

You may lose your tour card if:

Earning a Promotion

There are several ways to earn a promotion to a higher tour. These include:

Sponsor's Exemptions

Sponsor's Exemptions allow you to play in an event on a tour that is one level higher than your current tour. Playing a tournament using a Sponsor's Exemption provides you the opportunity to earn promotion.

Earning a Sponsor's Exemption

You can earn a Sponsor's Exemption in these ways:

Note: You must be even par or better for the event to qualify for a Sponsor's Exemption (all flights/tours)

Use of Sponsor's Exemptions

If you earn a Sponsor's Exemption on the Challenge Circuit, use of that Sponsor's Exemption is mandatory.

If you earn a Sponsor's Exemption on the Web.com Tour, using that exemption for a PGA or Euro event is optional.

Performance Criteria for Earning a Sponsor's Exemption

Note: The settings listed below are the default settings and are subject to change for special events. Cutline bars will appear at Round 3 reveal.

Web.com Tour, CC-Pro, CC-Am

You will earn a Sponsor's Exemption if you finish in the Top 10% of the field plus ties in your event AND finish under par.

You can only earn 1 exemption per week.

Receiving a Sponsor's Exemption on the Web.com Tour

If you earn a merit based Sponsor's Exemption or the commissioner grants you an exemption you will receive an email notifying you that you have received an exemption to play in a tournament on PGA or European Tour.

See the Expiration of Sponsor’s Exemption section below for details on when the exemption is usable.

If you register to play in the higher level tournament, you will not play in your current tour tournament that week.

You cannot earn a pro tour card during a minor event. Minor events are events that run parallel to a WGC event or a major.

You can not earn a pro tour card during the FedEx Cup or Race to Dubai playoffs.

Receiving a Sponsor's Exemption on the Challenge Circuit

If you earn a Sponsor's Exemption on the Challenge Circuit, you will receive an email and be auto-registered to the next tournament - one flight higher than your current flight. You may withdraw if you are unable to play, but the exemption will remain. If you choose to withdraw, your next event will make use of the exemption. To withdraw, please send an email to commish@tgctours.com. You may not withdraw once you have begun play in game for that event.

Expiration of Sponsor's Exemptions for Web.com Players

Sponsor's exemptions earned through merit criteria expire on the Friday after issue at 23:59:59 (Eastern Time).

Note: Challenge Circuit exemptions do not expire and are mandatory to use.

Demotions

Demotions on all tours will utilize a five strike system. If you finish below the Clear Strikes/Demotion Strike line on the Challenge Circuit or the cutline on the Pro Tours (PGA, European, Web) and above the Double Strike line, you will be assessed one strike. If you finish below the Double Strike line you will receive 2 strikes - this will be set at 120th place for all pro tours and 100th for CC flights.

After five strikes, you will be demoted to the tour/flight below and your strike count will be reset to zero.

Any time you finish above the Clear Strikes/Demotions Strike line in your flight, your strike count is reset to zero. On Pro tours, if you make the cut your strikes will be cleared.

Summary of the Above

Exemption Line (% of total field)
Web.com 10%
CC-Pro 10%
CC-Am 10%

To earn a card while on exemption:
PGA - Make the cut
Euro - Make the cut
Web.com - Make the cut
Challenge Circuit - Finish above the demotion strike line.

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Pro Tours (PGA, European, Web)
Demotion Strike Line - below cutline
Clear Strike Line - above cutline
Double Strike Line (Pro Tours) - 120th place

Challenge Circuit
Demotion Strike Line % - 50%
Clear Strike Line % - 50%
Double Strike Line - 100th place

Voluntary Demotions for PGA, Euro, and Web.com Members

If you have would like to voluntarily demote yourself from one tour to a lower tour, you must email commish@tgctours.com as to your reasons for wanting to do so. The commissioner will review your score history and your reasoning and determine whether to grant your request. This will be done on a case-by-case basis and the decision of the commissioner is final.

Currently, we are only considering requests for demotion from players that have missed 3 consecutive cuts. However, missing 3 consecutive cuts does not guarantee your request for demotion will be granted.

Tour Info

Promotion:

Demotion:

Web.com Tour Finals

PGA Tour and European Tour cards will be awarded at the end of a four-tournament series, known as the Web.com Tour Finals, in which all Web.com Members and those eliminated from the Fed Ex Playoffs and Race to Dubai after the second round will be eligible to participate.

Players in the top 10 on the Web.com Tour money list do not need to participate in the Web.com Tour Finals as they automatically earn a Pro Tour Card, though they may participate to earn WGR points.

The remaining Pro Tour cards will be awarded to players based on money earned during the Web.com Tour Finals. Number of Pro Tour Cards available will be announced shortly before the start of the Web.com Tour finals.

Challenge Circuit Purse Distribution

All Challenge Circuit scores will go on a (hidden) master leaderboard (CC-Pro and CC-Am have separate master leaderboards) from which you will be assigned your base point number via reverse ranking. From there your base point number will go through a flight multiplier. The resulting number will then be subject to a placement bonus on your flight and then finally a money multiplier - this final calculation will determine how much money you receive for that event.

Flight Multipliers:

  • CC-A 100%
  • CC-B 90%
  • CC-C 80%
  • CC-D 70%
  • CC-E 60%
  • CC-Z 50%

CC Money Multipliers:

  • CC-Pro 50
  • CC-Am 10

Finishing Position Bonuses:

  • 1st 10%
  • 2nd 7%
  • 3rd 5%
  • 4th 3%
  • 5th-10th 2%
  • 11th-25th 1%

Examples:

Player A
Player A
CC-Pro Field size: 450
Flight: CC-A
Finish: 35th on CC-A, 39th on CC-Pro master leaderboard
Base Point number: 411
Flight Multiplier: 100%
Position Bonus: N/A
CC-Pro money multiplier: 50
411 x 1 x 50 = $20,550

Player B
Field size: 450
CC-Pro Flight: CC-B
Finish: 5th on CC-B, 50th on CC-Pro master leaderboard
Base Point number: 400
Flight Multiplier: 90%
Position Bonus: 2%
CC-Pro Money Multiplier: 50
400 x .9 x 1.02 x 50 = $18,360

Player C
CC-Am Field size: 400
Flight: CC-Z
Finish: 1st on CC-Z, 36th on CC-Am master leaderboard
Base Point number: 364
Flight Multiplier: 50%
Position Bonus: 10%
CC-Am Money Multiplier: 10
364 x .5 x 1.1 x 10 = $2,002

Bugs and Glitches

Anytime you encounter a bug or glitch listed below – email commish@tgctours.com immediately

Multiple Accounts Policy

Anyone submitting scores under multiple accounts during the same week will be subject to administrative review. If we deem it to be a blatant attempt to game the system, we will disqualify all associated accounts.

If you own The Golf Club 2 on multiple systems, you may play on one system per week, but you are free to switch systems from week to week. You would need to have both system's gamer tags registered in your account profile.

Fair Play Policy

TGC Tours recommends the use of Stock XB1 and PS4 controllers (controllers manufactured by Microsoft or Sony respectively). You may use another controller or a mouse provided that it meets our Fair Play Analysis which analyzes several metrics from your shot data.

Our metrics will allow most users with stock PS4 and XB1 controllers ample room to play on TGC Tours with no issues.

A note about 3rd party controllers/officially licensed

There are many officially licensed controllers for both the PS4 and XB1. Officially licensed is another term for 3rd party controller. Most of these controllers are not built with the same quality/sensitivity as the PS4 or XB1 official controller. An officially licensed or 3rd party controller may look like a regular controller but may not pass our Fair Play metrics analysis. Please be aware of this when claiming your controller is an Official XB1 or PS4 controller - it may not be.

No Cheating Accusations

All public cheating accusations will result in temporary forum bans. The majority of users removed from the leaderboards via our Fair Play policy are not cheating - just using devices with forgiving settings/deadzones that make it unfair to compete against stock controller users - usually unknowingly. Any concerns should be emailed to commish@tgctours.com.

Acceptable Shots on the Greens

Putter must be used on the green unless your putting line is obstructed by fringe/rough/bunker or your putt is longer than 100 feet, in which case use of a putter is not mandatory.

Putting line Definition: The "putting line" is the line that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke on the putting green. Except with respect to Rule 16-1e, the line of putt includes a reasonable distance on either side of the intended line. The line of putt does not extend beyond the hole.

See pic:
line of putt

Violations of this policy will result in event disqualification.

Policing of this issue will be the responsibility of tour members. If you see a ghost ball chipping on the green and it is obvious they are breaking the above rule, record a video and submit it to us at commish@tgctours.com (not on the forums!).

The video must be from the perspective of the ghost ball - you can do this by selecting Watch Replay and pick the ghost ball that is chipping on the greens. We must have a clear view of the infraction as well as the user's gamertag.

TGC Tours will have the final say on all cases.

Member Behavior Expectations

a. Mutual Respect Among Members. TGC Tours strives to preserve and protect the centuries-old notion of golf as a game where sportsmanship and self-respect are the pillars upon which all the rules of the game are built. TGC Tours expects from all of its Officials, Staff, Members and Designers that only sportsmanlike and courteous interactions will take place on the course, in the forums, when reviewing courses, and elsewhere.

b. General. No malicious, derogatory, degrading, racist, sexist, homophobic, offensive, harassing, or otherwise hostile comments will be tolerated by TGC Tours. Failure to follow this rule will be punished by immediate suspension of the Member's account. Repeat offenders will be permanently banned from TGC Tours. A serious or aggravated first-time offense may result in an immediate, permanent ban, without notice to the offender. Please report all issues of this type to commish@tgctours.com.