When the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) first began in 2016, every tournament under the DGPT umbrella was part of the main tour. Each regular season event awarded the same number of points and those points decided who received invitations to the Tour Championship and seeding at that competition.
Much has changed as the DGPT has developed, and the tour now lends its name to a variety of events, which include the following:
- Elite Series Events
- Silver Series Events
- DGPT Playoffs
- DGPT Championship
- DGPT All-Stars
- DGPT Match Play Championship
The DGPT also became "The Official Pro Tour of the Professional Disc Golf Association" at the end of the 2021 season. Along with some tournaments that were on PDGA's now-defunct National Tour coming under the DGPT umbrella, that new relationship means PDGA Majors (which include the Pro Disc Golf World Championships) award DGPT tour points.
You'll find brief explainers for each of those competitions in sections below.
Information on DGPT Tour Points
If you're interested in how DGPT tour points work, check out "How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work & Why They Matter." In that post you can learn how many points are awarded at each sort of event, how DGPT points help players qualify for various events and awards, and how DGPT points influence who gets DGPT Tour Cards.
What's a Disc Golf Pro Tour Elite Series Event?
DGPT Elite Series events are the top tier tournaments of the DGPT's regular season. The DGPT sets high standards for media presence, organization, and added cash for Elite Series events.
In 2022, there are 12 Elite Series events, and players can earn tour points from their top eight finishes at them. The max of 800 potential DGPT points a player could earn from Elite Series events is the most offered by any set of DGPT competitions.
Player placement is always based on traditional scoring – i.e., stroke totals from all tournament rounds are added together to generate a player's final score and placement. DGPT Playoffs and PDGA Majors are the only traditionally-scored events more prestigious than the DGPT Elite Series.
The following are all of 2022's DGPT Elite Series events:
|Las Vegas Challenge||February 24-27|
|Waco Annual Charity Open||March 11-13|
|Texas State Disc Golf Championships||March 25-27|
|Jonesboro Open||April 22-24|
|Dynamic Discs Open||April 28-May 1|
|OTB Open||May 20-22|
|Portland Open||June 2-5|
|The Preserve Championship||June 24-26|
|Idlewild Open||July 8-10|
|Great Lakes Open||July 29-31|
|Ledgestone Open||August 11-14|
|Des Moines Challenge||August 19-21|
What's a Disc Golf Pro Tour Silver Series Event?
DGPT Silver Series events debuted in 2020. They offer high standards but may not have the same added cash or media presence as Elite Series events. Silver Series tournaments only happen during weeks when there is no Elite Series competition and are scheduled on dates and in places that make geographic sense for touring pros competing in the DGPT.
Silver Series events offer players 25% of the points they could earn at a tournament in the Elite Series and placement is always based on traditional scoring.
A player's top three finishes at Silver Series events count toward their DGPT points total. That equals a maximum potential of 75 points for three Silver Series wins.
The Silver Series evolved from the "Test Events" concept the tour introduced in 2019. This label was meant to give a little extra prestige to tournaments DGPT staff believed could be a good fit for the tour in the future but needed to be tested for their ability to attract and excite spectators, challenge top-level competitors, and other factors. Back then, players couldn't earn any tour points by playing Test Events.
Today, many organizers of Silver Series competitions still hope for their event to become a part of the Elite Series. Organizers of staple Elite Series events may also request to be a Silver Series event if they want to remain a part of the tour but need a break from the demands that come with being part of the Elite Series.
The following are all of 2022's DGPT Silver Series events:
|The Open at Belton||March 18-20|
|Music City Open||April 1-3|
|Open at Tallahassee||April 8-10|
|Sanata Cruz Masters Cup||May 13-15|
|Beaver State Fling||June 10-12|
|PCS Sula Open||July 13-16|
|Mid-America Open||August 5-7|
|Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open||September 9-11|
What's a Disc Golf Pro Tour Playoff Event?
DGPT playoff events are new to the tour in 2022. Two things distinguish them from Elite Series events: Only players at the top of the DGPT tour points standings can register, and they offer 125% of the tour points that Elite Series events do.
If a player competes in both playoff events they could earn a maximum of 250 tour points for winning both (125 per event). All points earned at playoff events count toward players' overall season total.
The following are all of 2022's DGPT playoff events:
|Green Mountain Championship||September 15-18|
|MVP Open at Maple Hill||September 22-25|
The MVP Open will be more exclusive than the Green Mountain Championship:
- Green Mountain Championship qualification: The top 100 MPO and top 50 FPO players in DGPT tour points qualify.
- MVP Open qualification: The top 64 MPO and top 32 FPO players in DGPT tour points qualify.
These events are called "playoffs" because they will be the last chances players have to up their point totals and earn automatic invites to the DGPT Championship in October. The points they award will also affect which competitors receive the Player of the Year and, most likely, Rookie of the Year honors at the end of the season.
Are PDGA Majors Disc Golf Pro Tour Events?
PDGA Majors are still owned by the PDGA, but the DGPT will assist with various aspects of the events. In 2022, PDGA Majors will award DGPT tour points for the first time.
PDGA Professional Majors are considered the most prestigious events in professional disc golf, and relatively few pros have a Major title to their names.
Notably, the DGPT has decided that no competitions occurring after the MVP Open at the end of September will award DGPT tour points in 2022. This means the U.S. Disc Golf Championship (October 6-9) will not award DGPT Tour Points for 2022 despite being a Major.
These are all the disc golf tournaments that are 2022 PDGA Majors and will award DGPT tour points in 2022:
|PDGA Champions Cup||April 14-17|
|U.S. Women's Disc Golf Championship||June 30-July 3|
|European Open||July 21-24|
|PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships||August 30-September 3|
What's the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship?
The DGPT Championship has always been an invitational tournament played in a knockout format, but it has gone through a number of changes over the years.
In 2022, the main event will again consist of 32 MPO and 16 FPO competitors, but this year just the 30 MPO and 14 FPO players who've accumulated the most points in their respective divisions from Elite Series, Silver Series, DGPT playoff, and PDGA Major events will automatically earn spots in the Championship. The other two spots will be decided through six-player play-in events the day before the official Championship begins (more on who plays below next to the "play-in event" bullet point).
Declined invitations go to the players with the next-highest point totals.
Each player receives a seed based on their tour points total, with more tour points equaling a better seed (e.g., a division's tour points leader is the #1 seed).
Here's how the MPO side of the DGPT Championship works in 2022:
- Play-in event: The players who are 31st and 32nd in MPO tour points get automatic invitations to compete in a play-in event to the DGPT Championship. The play-in will include six competitors. Here's how the other four could be chosen:
Option 1) Players who won a DGPT Elite Series or PDGA Major event in 2022 but did not qualify for the Championship by tour point totals have first dibs on spots after the 31st/32nd players in tour points. If that brings the number of players eligible for the play-in event over six, players with more tour points get the nod.
Option 2) If using Option 1 doesn't bring the total of players up to six for the play-in event, players with the next-highest tour point totals get invited to the play-in event.
- Round 1: Seeds 17-32 compete on four cards of four players each – seeds 32-29 play together, as do 28-25, and so on. The four players with the best scores out of these 16 players (regardless of card) move on to the quarterfinals. If scores are tied for the fourth spot, the better seed moves on.
- Quarterfinals: The four advancing players from round one and seeds 9-16 play on three cards of four players each. Scores from the previous round do not matter, meaning everyone starts fresh. Again, the four best scorers (regardless of card) move on to the next round with better seed being a tiebreaker if needed.
- Semifinals: The four advancing players from the quarterfinals and seeds 1-8 play on three cards of four players each. Again, previous scores at the event don't matter and the four best scorers (regardless of card) move on to the next round with better seed being a tiebreaker if needed.
- Finals: The final four players compete against each other on the same card. Again, previous scores at the event don't matter. However, seeds also don't matter in this round. Ties are decided by a sudden-death playoff.
In FPO, the competition works the exact same way except the event starts at the quarterfinals stage, and players ranked 15th and 16th in tour points have to compete in a play-in round with four other players.
This event was the original reason the tour had points at all.
What's the Disc Golf Pro Tour All-Stars Competition?
The DGPT All-Stars is an invitational event where tour points leaders and other popular players on tour face off in a less high-stakes atmosphere than the Tour Championship.
The All-Stars event based on 2021 results had the two tour point leaders in FPO and MPO draft teams, and players vied with each other in various areas like distance, skill shots, and putting. The event also included doubles disc golf and singles play.
In 2022, the top four players in each division by tour points will automatically qualify for the next All-Stars event. Another eight players from each division will be chosen via an even mix of fan vote, media vote, tour points, and Major/DGPT Championship finishes.
What's the Disc Golf Pro Tour Match Play Championship?
The DGPT Match Play Championship is an event where top disc golfers compete in match play competition, which isn't based on traditional scoring. The tournament offers cash prizes and media exposure to players, but no DGPT tour points are up for grabs.
Learn all about the match play format in our post "How Does Disc Golf Match Play Work?".
In 2022, 16 FPO and 16 MPO players will compete in the DGPT Match Play Championship. All winners of an Elite Series event as of the conclusion of the OTB Open on May 22 will receive an automatic invitation. The remaining spots not filled by Elite Series winners will be offered to the tour points leaders (again as of the conclusion of the OTB Open).
Follow the Disc Golf Pro Tour with UDisc
On UDisc Live, you can follow the scores of every DGPT event shot-by-shot in real-time. There are also plenty of stats to delve into that show you not just who won but how they won.
And if you keep track of your own scores and stats, find disc golf courses, or anything else with the UDisc app, have an eye out for the reminder in the app banner when a DGPT competition is happening.
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