All Disc Golf Pro Tour Events Explained

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Alex WilliamsonWriter, Editor
Feb 22, 2022 • 8 min read
Two signs saying "Disc Golf Pro Tour" on the ground in front of three women walking down a fairway with disc golf equipment
An image from the 2020 Green Mountain Championship, a DGPT event. Photo: Disc Golf Pro Tour.

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:

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:

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

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.

Names of different Disc Golf Pro Tour tournaments with three having a red, black, and blue logo and another having a black and silver logo
A clip of the UDisc Live 2022 Schedule page, where the Silver Series logo (seen above next to Santa Cruz Masters Cup and the Beaver State Fling) appears next to Silver Series competitions.

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:

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

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: It's mostly just players at the top of the DGPT points standings who 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:

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

Here's how players qualify for the 2022 Green Mountain Championship:

  • The GMC can have a maximum of 104 MPO players and 52 FPO.
  • The top 100 MPO and top 50 FPO players in DGPT tour points qualify and can register.
  • Open slots will be filled by players who qualify via regional or week-of events.
  • Exemption from any of these qualification methods can be awarded to a small number of players by the DGPT or event staff.

Here's how players qualify for the 2022 MVP Open at Maple Hill:

  • The MVP Open can have a maximum of 88 MPO players and 44 FPO.
  • The top 72 MPO and top 36 FPO players in DGPT tour points qualify and can register.
  • Open slots will be filled by players who qualify via regional or week-of events.
  • Exemption from any of these qualification methods can be awarded to a small number of players by the DGPT or event staff.

You can read a DGPT announcement from August 31, 2022, to learn more about the play-in events and exemptions. Note that we altered this section of the post following that announcement.

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. Learn who has won every Major with an MPO division and about the history of Majors in disc golf in our post "Disc Golf Majors: Every Open Winner Ever." We also have a post with all FPO Major winners.

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:

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

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. We go over the basics here, but for a full breakdown, check out our post "How the DGPT Championship Works, Likeliest Winners, & More."

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).

A blurry image of a camera operator surround a sharp image of a disc golfer being filmed as shown through the camera's display screen
Along with payouts, making it on the very popular filmed coverage of the Tour Championship (which has aired on ESPN2 in 2020 and 2021) is a huge drive for players to earn an invite. IPhoto: Disc Golf Pro Tour.

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 17-30 plus the two play-in winners compete on four cards of four players each – the two play-in winners play with seeds 29 and 30, seeds 28-25 play together, 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.

Two disc golfers high five while two others look on
The first All-Stars tournament in 2021 was a chance for the top players from 2020 to have a little fun competing in an unconventional format while also getting a taste of top-tier competition before the season started again. Image from the inaugural DGPT All-Stars courtesy of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.

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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