How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work & Why They Matter

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Alex WilliamsonWriter, Editor
Feb 22 • 10 min read

In 2022, disc golfers can win Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) points at four types of events: DGPT Elite Series, DGPT playoffs, Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Majors, and DGPT Silver Series. Below we explain how many points are up for grabs at each sort of event, why these points matter to players, and other related information (e.g., what happens in the event of ties).

Where to Learn About DGPT Events

Check out "All Disc Golf Pro Tour Events Explained" to learn more about all the types of events where players can earn DGPT points and others.

In the post you're reading now, we focus on the points players can win at each sort of event and what those points do for players, not the differences between each type of competition.

How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work: Elite Series

Every DGPT Elite Series event awards the following points to players who place in the top 50 of MPO and FPO:

1st:
100
11th:
48
21st:
29
31st:
19
41st:
9
2nd:
85
12th:
46
22nd:
28
32nd:
18
42nd:
8
3rd:
75
13th:
44
23rd:
27
33rd:
17
43rd:
7
4th:
69
14th:
42
24th:
26
34th:
16
44th:
6
5th:
64
15th:
40
25th:
25
35th:
15
45th:
5
6th:
60
16th:
38
26th:
24
36th:
14
46th:
4
7th:
57
17th:
36
27th:
23
37th:
13
47th:
3
8th:
54
18th:
34
28th:
22
38th:
12
48th:
2
9th:
52
19th:
32
29th:
21
39th:
11
49th:
2
10th:
50
20th:
30
30th:
20
40th:
10
50th:
2

If you're on mobile, swipe left/right on the table above to see all columns.

Every player who completes the tournament but finishes behind the player in 50th earns one tour point.

If a player competes in more than eight DGPT Elite Series competitions, only their top eight finishes count toward their points total.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2022 DGPT Elite Series events:

Tournament Dates
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

How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work: DGPT Playoff Events

Every DGPT playoff event awards the following DGPT points to players who place in the top 50 of MPO and FPO:

1st:
125
11th:
60
21st:
36.25
31st:
23.75
41st:
11.25
2nd:
106.25
12th:
57.5
22nd:
35
32nd:
22.5
42nd:
10
3rd:
93.75
13th:
55
23rd:
33.75
33rd:
21.25
43rd:
8.75
4th:
86.25
14th:
52.5
24th:
32.5
34th:
20
44th:
7.5
5th:
80
15th:
50
25th:
31.25
35th:
18.75
45th:
6.25
6th:
75
16th:
47.5
26th:
30
36th:
17.5
46th:
5
7th:
71.25
17th:
45
27th:
28.75
37th:
16.25
47th:
3.75
8th:
67.5
18th:
42.5
28th:
27.5
38th:
15
48th:
2.5
9th:
65
19th:
40
29th:
26.25
39th:
13.75
49th:
2.5
10th:
62.5
20th:
37.5
30th:
25
40th:
12.5
50th:
2.5

If you're on mobile, swipe left/right on the table above to see all columns.

Every player who completes the tournament but finishes behind the player in 50th earns 1.25 tour points. These totals are 25% more than the points awarded at Elite Series events.

All finishes at Disc Golf Pro Tour playoffs count toward players' tour points totals.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2022 DGPT playoffs:

Tournament Dates
Green Mountain Championship September 15-18
MVP Open at Maple Hill September 22-25

How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work: PDGA Majors

Every PDGA Major awards the following DGPT points to players who place in the top 50 of MPO and FPO:

1st:
150
11th:
72
21st:
43.5
31st:
28.5
41st:
13.5
2nd:
127.5
12th:
69
22nd:
42
32nd:
27
42nd:
12
3rd:
112.5
13th:
66
23rd:
40.5
33rd:
25.5
43rd:
10.5
4th:
103.5
14th:
63
24th:
39
34th:
24
44th:
9
5th:
96
15th:
60
25th:
37.5
35th:
22.5
45th:
7.5
6th:
90
16th:
57
26th:
36
36th:
21
46th:
6
7th:
85.5
17th:
54
27th:
34.5
37th:
19.5
47th:
4.5
8th:
81
18th:
51
28th:
33
38th:
18
48th:
3
9th:
78
19th:
48
29th:
31.5
39th:
16.5
49th:
3
10th:
75
20th:
45
30th:
30
40th:
15
50th:
3

If you're on mobile, swipe left/right on the table above to see all columns

Every player who completes the tournament but finishes behind the player in 50th earns 1.5 tour points. These totals are 50% more than the points awarded at Elite Series events.

The DGPT has decided that no competitions occurring after its second playoff event (ending on September 25, 2022) will award DGPT tour points in 2022. This means the U.S. Disc Golf Championship will not award DGPT Tour Points for 2022 despite being a Major.

Players' top two finishes at PDGA Majors count toward their tour point totals.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2022 PDGA Majors that will award DGPT tour points in 2022:

Tournament Dates
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

How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work: Silver Series

Every DGPT Silver Series awards the following DGPT points to players who place in the top 50 of MPO and FPO:

1st:
25
11th:
12
21st:
7.25
31st:
4.75
41st:
2.25
2nd:
21.25
12th:
11.5
22nd:
7
32nd:
4.5
42nd:
2
3rd:
18.75
13th:
11
23rd:
6.75
33rd:
4.25
43rd:
1.75
4th:
17.25
14th:
10.5
24th:
6.5
34th:
4
44th:
1.5
5th:
16
15th:
10
25th:
6.25
35th:
3.75
45th:
1.25
6th:
15
16th:
9.5
26th:
6
36th:
3.5
46th:
1
7th:
14.25
17th:
9
27th:
5.75
37th:
3.25
47th:
.75
8th:
13.5
18th:
8.5
28th:
5.5
38th:
3
48th:
.5
9th:
13
19th:
8
29th:
5.25
39th:
2.75
49th:
.5
10th:
12.5
20th:
7.5
30th:
5
40th:
2.5
50th:
.5

If you're on mobile, swipe left/right on the table above to see all columns.

Every player who completes the tournament but finishes behind the player in 50th earns .25 tour points. These totals are 25% of the points awarded at Elite Series events.

A player's top three finishes at Silver Series competitions count toward their points total. That means a player could theoretically add the equivalent of an extra third-place Elite Series finish (75 points) to their season point total by winning three Silver Series events.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2022 DGPT Silver Series events:

Tournament Dates
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

How Do Ties Affect Disc Golf Pro Tour Points?

When ties occur, the same rules apply to point distribution in all events that award DGPT points. It's easiest to explain those rules with an example.

So let's take a look at this image:

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At the first DGPT Elite Series event of 2021, the Las Vegas Challenge, Cale Leviska, Nathan Queen, and Eric Oakley all tied for 21st place, but as you can see, they didn't all just get the 29 points someone in 21st would typically receive. Instead, they all received 28 points.

This number came from adding together the points that would typically go to 21st, 22nd, and 23rd place and then dividing them evenly among the three players. Here's the math:

21st = 29 points    22nd = 28 points       23rd = 27 points

29 + 28 + 27 = 84

84 ÷ 3 = 28

The player behind Leiviska, Queen, and Oakley received the points reserved for 24th place (26).

Had this tie at 21st occurred at a Silver Series tournament, the same formula would have applied, and each player would've received seven points. Here's how:

21st = 7.25 points    22nd = 7 points       23rd = 6.75 points

7.25 + 7 + 6.75 = 21

21 ÷ 3 = 7

A player in solo 24th at this imaginary Silver Series event would have received 6.5 points, the typical set amount for that placement. The same math applies to PDGA Majors and DGPT playoffs.

Notably, under normal conditions, there can be no tie for first at a DGPT event. All players tied for the lead at the end of a tournament's normal rounds compete in a sudden-death playoff. The playoff winner is first place and earns the full 100 points.

This could lead to two scenarios:

  1. A two-person playoff: The players compete in a sudden-death playoff. The player who wins gets solo first place and the player who loses gets solo second place, with both receiving the full points for those positions.

  2. A playoff with more than two players: The player who wins the playoff gets solo first place, and every player who does not win the playoff is tied for second – and gets the same number of points – regardless of if they remain in the playoff for longer than another non-winner.

The only exception to these rules governing first place ties is if a tournament must end early (the most likely reason for this to happen is dangerous weather conditions). Here, the DGPT points are awarded according to rule 1.09 D.2 from the Professional Disc Golf Association's Official Rules and Regulations, which states the following:

"If a sudden-death playoff cannot be held during the last day of regularly scheduled rounds for the competition, the tie for first place will stand with the players declared co-champions and the cash and prizes for the ranked places split between the players."

The rule also states that "[u]nder no circumstances should players be expected, or asked, to return on a day following the last day of the regularly scheduled rounds to finish the event."

This all means that if two players are tied for first at a DGPT event that's cut short and there's no chance for a playoff before the tournament was previously scheduled to end, they share the first-place points using the point-splitting rules described earlier.

Why Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Matter

From left to right: A camerama filming, a feather banner that says "Disc Golf Pro Tour" and a disc golfer abou to drive from a tee pad
An image from the 2020 Green Mountain Championship, a DGPT event. Photo: Disc Golf Pro Tour.
  • How DGPT points affect DGPT Championship qualification and seeding
    1. The 30 MPO and 14 FPO players with the most tour points in their respective divisions receive invitations to compete in the 2022 DGPT Championship. Declined invitations go to the players with the next-most points.

    2. Players ranked 31 and 32 in MPO and 15 and 16 in FPO in DGPT points will receive automatic invitations to a play-in event for the 2022 DGPT Championship. The play-in event will feature six players in each division vying for two open spots in the Championship. Points could possibly earn other players a chance to compete in the play-in event, too. Learn more about how in our post "All Disc Golf Pro Tour Events Explained."

    3. Point totals determine players' seeds at the DGPT Championship (more points = better seed). Top seeds receive byes to later rounds of the competition, which has increasingly higher guaranteed payouts at each stage of the event. Additionally, better seeds win ties in all but the final round of the event.
  • How DGPT points affect getting a DGPT Tour Card
    Getting a DGPT Tour Card will become more and more important as time goes on, and they were already highly sought-after in the lead-up to 2022. Though the conditions might change in 2023, in 2022 the top 75 MPO and top 25 FPO players in tour points standings could automatically get DGPT Tour Cards that provide access to early tournament registration, enhanced health and wellness services, access to better facilities at events, and more perks.
  • How DGPT points affect DGPT Match Play Championship qualification
    16 players from MPO and FPO will compete in the DGPT Match Play Championship from June 16-19. Any player who has won a DGPT Elite Series event as of the end of the OTB Open in May 2022 will receive an automatic invitation to compete. All 16 spots not filled by 2022 Elite Series winners will go to players with the highest point totals who have not received an invite. Declined invitations will go to the players with the next-highest point totals.
  • How DGPT points affect Player of the Year selection
    Tour point total will be 1/3 of the calculations for DGPT's 2022 Player of the Year Award. The other 2/3 will be evenly split between media vote and average finish at PDGA Majors + the DGPT Tour Championship.
  • How DGPT points affect DGPT Rookie of the Year selection
    DGPT points will be the sole factor that decides the Rookie of the Year in FPO and MPO in 2022. All players are eligible who have not competed in two or more PDGA Professional Majors within one previous season or any combination of DGPT Elite Series, PDGA National Tour, and PDGA Major events that adds up to more than three tournaments in a single season.
  • How DGPT points affect invitations to the DGPT All-Star event
    The top four players in MPO and FPO by points will receive automatic invitations to the event and are called "1st Card All-Stars." Tour points will also be a 25% factor in how the other eight All-Stars in each division are chosen. The other 75% will come from fan vote, media vote, and average finish at PDGA Majors and the Tour Championship (each worth 25%).

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