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PGA 2K21 Golf Course

Info, Rules, and Policies

For admin support please email commish@tgctours.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

Supported Systems

TGC Tours currently only supports PC (Steam), PS4, and XB1. We do not support Switch or Stadia.

Qualifying

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

Note: You have two options - opt into the Qualifying Pool (custom Master swing difficulty) to try and qualify to one of our main tours or opt into our Beer League (custom Pro swing difficulty) to join a stand-alone tour with no promotions/demotions. True Sim Tour can be played alongside either option, or as your only tour, if desired.

Option 1 - Enter the Main Tours (Masters Swing Difficulty)
  • Register for a TGCT account by clicking here
    • Make sure all information is accurate when filling out your profile - especially your gamertag! Note for PC users: Your gamertag is the name that appears on the leaderboard in the game not your Steam account name.
  • Opt for the Main Tours by Registering for the Qualifying Pool .
  • Wait until October 4th when the next qualifying opportunity opens
  • Load PGA Tour 2K21
  • Enter the Online Societies section
  • Search and join the TGCTours (Challenge Circuit) society (press in the left controller stick to activate search)
  • Begin the active tournament
  • Play your rounds (all 4) before the event ends in-game
    • You do not have to play all 4 in one sitting - you can stop and come back
    • You can not restart - it's a one shot deal
  • Scores will be auto-retrieved by the TGCT API to the Qualifying Event leaderboard. The link for the leaderboard can be found on the Qualifying Event schedule page.
    • Scores are pulled in to the leaderboard every 15 minutes. If your scores don't show up 2 hours after you play, triple check that your gamertag on the in-game leaderboard matches your TGCT profile gamertag exactly. Also, please note that our leaderboards update on a schedule. All rounds won't show in the main leaderboard until the appointed time. However, if you are logged into the site, you should see your scores in the My Scores section at the top of the leaderboard.
    • If still having issues email commish@tgctours.com to create a support ticket
    • Confirm all four rounds are on the Q-Event Leaderboard prior to the event closing on Saturday
  • Wait until event is finalized by TGCT admin on Sunday
  • If you shot well enough you will receive a TGCT Tour card and a notification email late Sunday
    • You can then begin to play official TGCT events! Be sure to check which society you need to join in order to play with your new tour card...you can find that information below.
  • If you didn't shoot well enough you will return to the Qualifying Pool and be auto-registered in the next Qualifying Event.
Option 2 - Enter the Beer League (Pro Swing Difficulty)
  • Register for a TGCT account by clicking here
    • Make sure all information is accurate when filling out your profile - especially your gamertag! Note for PC users: Your gamertag is the name that appears on the leaderboard in the game not your Steam account name.
  • Join the Beer League (Pro swing difficulty) by checking the checkbox in your profile.
  • Load PGA Tour 2K21
  • Enter the Online Societies section
  • Search and Join the TGCTours (Beer League) society and play the active event
  • Scores will be auto-retrieved by the TGCT API to the Beer League leaderboard. The link for the leaderboard can be found on the Beer League schedule page.
    • Scores are pulled in to the leaderboard every 15 minutes. If your scores don't show up 2 hours after you play, triple check that your gamertag on the in-game leaderboard matches your TGCT profile gamertag exactly. Also, please note that our leaderboards update on a schedule. All rounds won't show in the main leaderboard until the appointed time. However, if you are logged into the site, you should see your scores in the My Scores section at the top of the leaderboard.
    • If still having issues email commish@tgctours.com to create a support ticket
    • Confirm all four rounds are on the Beer League Leaderboard prior to the event closing on Saturday

Qualifying Event Details (Main Tours)

Completion of Week 1 (all four rounds) is a pre-requisite for competing in Week 2. All 8 rounds are required. Those that do not complete 8 rounds will be entered in to the Week 3 qualifying pool.

  • The initial Qualifying event will be held in the TGCTours (Special Events) Society. After the inital two week event, Q-Event will be run out of the TGCTours (Challenge Circuit) society every week.
  • Projected tour icons for the different tours will be placed on the Q-Event Leaderboard each Friday for players who have completed 4 rounds. These give an indication of placement but are not official until the event is finalized Sunday evening.
  • Members that receive a tour card will be auto-registered in their new tour's upcoming event around 3am UTC on Monday morning
  • Members that fail to earn a card will return to the Qualifying Pool and be auto-registered for the next Qualifying Event

Tournament Procedures

Where do I find the Tournaments in-game?

All our events are played in the following societies:

TGCTours (Special Events) for Special Events and WGC events
TGCTours (Platinum Tour)
TGCTours (Elite Tour)
TGCTours (Kinetic Tour)
TGCTours (Challenge Circuit) for CC-A through CC-L, and Weekly Qualifying Event
TGCTours (Beer League)
TGCTours (True Sim Tour)

Tournament Registration

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

If you play the event in-game, you will be automatically registered and your scores will be posted to the leaderboard.

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...the tournament for which you have a tour card. One exception is the True Sim Tour - you can play the TST alongside your main tour every week.

Withdrawing from a Tournament

There is no need to withdraw from tournaments. If you did not play a single shot 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 WD for the week and receive 2 demotion marks.

Score Submission

Scores are automatically pulled from the game. Please ensure your gamertag in your TGCT profile matches your console/PC gamertag exactly.

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.

If your scores do not get pulled within the first 2 hours (assuming event has officially opened on site), click the See a Score Issue? link to get admin help.

The API will not pull scores until the event opens officially on site (Monday) so if you play early on Sunday you will have to wait until Monday to see your R1 score.

Difficulty Settings

Swing Difficulty (Platinum, Elite, Kinetic, Challenge Circuit): Master
Swing Difficulty (Beer League): Pro
Swing Timing: On
Distance Control Meter: Off
Distance Control Assist: Off
Putt Preview: 0
Course Yardage: Open
Pro Vision: All off
Scout Camera: UI Off
Lie Grid: Open
Green Grid: Open
Pin Preference: Open
Aim Marker: Open
Wind Display (Platinum/Elite/Kinetic): Meter Only
Wind Display (Challenge Circuit/Beer League): Open
Distance Display: Carry

True Sim Tour

Swing Difficulty: Master
Swing Timing: On
Distance Control Meter: Off
Distance Control Assist: Off
Putt Preview: 0
Course Yardage: On
Pro Vision: All off
Scout Camera: Off
Lie Grid: Off
Green Grid: Off
Pin Preference: Open
Aim Marker: Marker Only
Wind Display: Meter Only
Distance Display: Carry

Round Deadlines

  • 1st and 2nd round scores must be completed prior to 4am UTC on Thursday of the tournament week.
  • 3rd and 4th rounds completed prior to the tournament's closing at 12am UTC on Sunday.

Cuts

Platinum, Elite, Kinetic: Top 65 plus ties (unless otherwise noted) of all scores that have completed rounds 1 and 2 by the aforementioned deadline

Challenge Circuit/Pro Am Tour: Top 60% of the field that have completed rounds 1 and 2 by the aforementioned deadline

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 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:

  • Round 1 - 4:00 AM (UTC) on Monday of week of tournament
  • Round 2 - 4:00 AM (UTC) on Tuesday of week of tournament
  • Round 3 - 4:00 AM (UTC) on Thursday of week of tournament
  • Round 4 - 4:00 AM (UTC) on Friday of week of tournament

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 R4 score will be the winner. If still a tie, R3, R2, R1 and then countback from H18 in R4 will determine the winner

Majors and Invitational Tournaments

  • Platinum Tour members automatically qualify for Major events
  • WGC events, and any other Invite Only only events, you will be automatically registered by TGC Tours tourney admin.
  • Qualifications for Invite Only events will be posted/stickied in the tour board on our forums

Tour Membership

  • Platinum Tour members automatically qualify for Major events
  • WGC events, and any other Invite Only only events, you will be automatically registered by TGC Tours tourney admin.
  • Qualifications for Invite Only events will be posted/stickied in the tour board on our forums

Earning a Tour Card

To earn a tour card, you must complete a Qualifying Event and shoot well enough to earn a tour card. Please refer to the Qualifying Event section of this page for further details.

Losing a Tour Card

You may lose your tour card if you are banned or suspended for policy violations as determined by the commish.

You may also lose your tour card if you are in the CC-L flight and accrue 5 demotion marks. You will then be placed back into the Qualifying Pool where you can try to earn back a tour card.

Demotions & Promotions

+3 Movement Marks (green arrow icon) will automatically promote you one level.
-5 Movement Marks (red arrow icon) will automatically demote you one level.

Platinum Tour: Can't accrue positive movement marks (promotion marks)

All Main Tours (Platinum, Elite, Kinetic, Challenge Circuit)

If you have no movement marks:

  • Above double promotion line = +2 movement marks
  • Above single promotion line = +1 movement mark
  • Make cut = clear 1 demotion mark
  • Miss cut = clear 1 promotion mark
  • Below single demotion line = -1 movement mark
  • Below double demotion line = -2 movement marks

A withdraw (not completing an event) is -2 movement marks at all levels

Fast Track on Challenge Circuit 

Fast Track promotions are based on a standard deviation formula compared to avg-score of the field. Anyone shooting better than this value will be auto-promoted to the flight above.

Fast track promotions are marked on finalized leaderboards with a green lightning icon.

Tour Info

Promotion Events

  • These are special events that members from all main tours/flights can participate in except for Platinum Tour members
  • Entry requirements will be announced prior to the event
  • Promotion slots available will be announced prior to the event
  • Users can fast track up the tours with good play during these events - you can jump more than 1 flight/tour
  • Participation is optional
  • Will be a special event, meaning you can play on your home tour and in this event in the same week
  • All Tours/Flights: There may be a posted cutoff score to be eligible for a promotion slot - will depend on participation, course difficulty and promotion slots available

Details

  • Each tour will be monitored for active users.
  • If the average field size is below the ideal field size (see below) we'll add those slots to the Promotional Event. There will be a trickle down effect as people promote up from various tours/flights - we'll do our best to ensure that following a Promotion Event each tour/flight will meet the ideal field size going forward.
  • Every member that meets the entry requirements will be auto-registered
  • Platinum Tour players are excluded since they can not promote any further
  • Participation is optional

Ideal Field Size per Tour
All Tours: 155

Pro Tours - Knockout Style Playoffs

Three Separate Playoffs - Each Knockout Style

The following playoff format will be in place for each pro tour - Platinum, Elite and Kinetic - starting the third last week of the season. Promotion/Demotion marks will be disabled for the playoffs.

Playoffs - Week 1 (Everyone registered)

  • Make cut (Top 65+ ties) or be top 50 on money list after event finalized to move on to week 2 of the playoffs

Playoffs - Week 2 (remaining eligible registered)

  • Make cut (Top 30+ ties) or be top 10 on money list after event finalized to move on to the Tour Championship

Playoffs - Week 3 (remaining eligible registered)

  • No cut (R1/R2 still due by normal cut deadline)
  • Winner takes tour title and trophy card

Other Tours

True Sim Tour (TST)

The True Sim Tour plays with most aids turned off to bring you the most sim-like tour in PGA 2K21. Please see this thread for all TST rules.
You can play in the TST and main tours at the same time should you desire. You just need to click here to get a TST card and you can start your TST career.

Beer League

The Beer League will be set up exactly the same as the Challenge Circuit, except club difficulty will be locked to Pro. If you want to join this tour you need to edit your TGCT profile and opt into the Beer League (click the Beer League checkbox available Saturday Sept. 19th).

This tour runs out of the TGC Tours (Beer League) society in-game. There is a cut on this tour.

You cannot play on the Beer League and one of the main tours (Platinum, Elite, Kinetic, Challenge Circuit) at the same time. You can play both Beer League and True Sim Tour at the same time.

Bugs and Glitches

Anytime you encounter a bug or glitch, email commish@tgctours.com immediately - most are dealt with on a case by case basis.

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 PGA Tour 2K21 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. However, you may not play rounds on your non-registered system in advance of playing on your registered system. Doing so would result in your disqualification.

Fair Play Policy

TGC Tours strongly recommends the use of Stock XB1 and PS4 controllers (controllers manufactured by Microsoft or Sony respectively). You may only use another controller or a mouse provided that it meets our Fair Play Analysis which analyzes several metrics from your shot data. Please note that we also recommend that you do not use Steam Link as that has been known to cause problems with input registering correctly.

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

  • Shot data will be monitored and if any results fall outside our Fair Play criteria, all scores will be withdrawn for the week
  • All tours (PGA, Euro, Korn Ferry, Challenge Circuit, True Sim Tour) will have Fair Play Metrics checked for R1 & R2 after the 2nd round ends and R3 & R4 checked after the 4th round ends
  • Members that have scores withdrawn will be auto-emailed a link to a private board on our forums for support
  • TGCT reserves the right to withdraw any abnormal results that we deem counter to our Fair Play Policy

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. If your controller has a built-in wire, it is a third-party controller. There are also wireless third-party controllers. But there are no Microsoft-manufactured or Sony-manufactured controllers with a built-in wire.

Also, please note we have yet to see a controller manufactured by Power A, Hori, or Logitech pass our Fair Play metrics. If your controller is manufactured by any of these manufacturers, it is highly unlikely that your scores will be accepted. These are not the only third-party controllers that do not pass, but are some of the more popular ones. If you're using another brand, it likely won't pass either.

A note for PC users

TGC Tours strongly recommends the use of a Microsoft-manufactured XB1 controller for use on PC. You may only use a mouse if you can make that mouse operate with the same difficulty that one would face when using an XB1 controller. This often means increasing the mouse sensitivity via DPI settings to facilitate a longer hand movement to create the swing.

Please also note the XBOX 360 controllers are very hit and miss. Some of them work fine, but others fail. If you want to use an XB360 controller, it is best to test your controller in a test event and ask admin to review the data.

If your scores are not accepted due to our Fair Play policy, please create a thread in our Fair Play Assistance forum and include your mouse or controller make and model number. Please note that we do not offer support for Fair Play issues via email or support ticket. Please use the private forum.

No Cheating Accusations

Having scores not accepted by our Fair Play policy is NOT an accusation of cheating.

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.

Penalties

After having scores not be accepted 3 times within a season, a player will no longer be eligible to participate in Majors, WGC events, minor events, playoffs, or Special Events during that season. Special events include but are not limited to the Olympics, Ryder Cup, President's Cup, Promotion Events, etc. After having scores not be accepted 8 times within a season, the player's tour card will be removed.

Note: For the purposes of counting these occurrences, True Sim will be excluded from the count so as to not double penalize a player who is pulled from both events in one week due to a controller malfunction.

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 75 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

The video must be from the perspective of the infringing 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

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.

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.

We reserve the right to refuse participation to any member, at any time, as we see fit to maintain the integrity and decorum of our site and forums.