How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work & Why They Matter

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Alex WilliamsonWriter, Editor
Nov 2 • 10 min read

In 2023, disc golfers can win Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) points at five types of events: Elite, Elite+, Playoffs, Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Majors, and Silver. 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 Events

Every DGPT Elite 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 or Elite+ competitions, only their top eight finishes count toward their points total.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2023 DGPT Elite events:

Tournament Dates
Las Vegas Challenge February 23-26
Waco Annual Charity Open March 10-12
The Open at Austin March 17-19
Music City Open April 7-9
Jonesboro Open April 28-30
OTB Open May 12-14
Dynamic Discs Open June 16-18
Des Moines Challenge June 23-25
The Preserve Championship June 23-July 2
PCS Open July 13-15
Idlewild Open August 11-13

How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work: Elite+ Events

Every DGPT Elite+ event awards the following 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

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 events.

DGPT Elite+ event points do not automatically count toward a player's DGPT points total. Combined, there will be 13 Elite and Elite+ events (11 Elite and two Elite+). Of those 13 events, only the eight where players earn the most points count toward their 2023 season total.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2023 DGPT Elite+ events:

Tournament Dates
Portland Open May 25-28
Ledgestone Open August 3-6

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:
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 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 2023 DGPT playoffs:

Tournament Dates
Discraft's Great Lakes Open August 17-20
MVP Open at Maple Hill September 14-17

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 events.

The DGPT has decided that no competitions occurring after its second playoff event (ending on September 17, 2023) will award DGPT tour points in 2023. This means neither the U.S. Disc Golf Championship nor the U.S. Women's Disc Golf Championship will count toward DGPT points despite being Majors.

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

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are 2023 PDGA Majors that will award DGPT tour points in 2023:

Tournament Dates
PDGA Champions Cup April 20-23
European Open July 20-23
PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships August 30-September 3

How Disc Golf Pro Tour Points Work: Silver

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

1st:
50
11th:
24
21st:
14.5
31st:
9.5
41st:
4.5
2nd:
42.5
12th:
23
22nd:
14
32nd:
9
42nd:
4
3rd:
37.5
13th:
22
23rd:
13.5
33rd:
8.5
43rd:
3.5
4th:
34.5
14th:
21
24th:
13
34th:
8
44th:
3
5th:
32
15th:
20
25th:
12.5
35th:
7.5
45th:
2.5
6th:
30
16th:
19
26th:
12
36th:
7
46th:
2
7th:
28.5
17th:
18
27th:
11.5
37th:
6.5
47th:
1.5
8th:
27
18th:
17
28th:
11
38th:
6
48th:
1
9th:
26
19th:
16
29th:
10.5
39th:
5.5
49th:
1
10th:
25
20th:
15
30th:
10
40th:
5
50th:
1

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 0.5 tour points. These totals are 50% of the points awarded at Elite events.

A player's top three finishes at Silver competitions count toward their points total.

This is a list of disc golf tournaments that are DGPT Silver events and will award points for 2023:

Tournament Dates
Lake Marshall Open October 28-30, 2022
New World Championships November 11-13, 2022
Texas State Championships March 24-26
Blue Ridge Championship at North Cove April 14-16
Beaver State Fling May 19-21
Cascade Challenge at Kayak Point May 26-28
Zoo Town Open June 9-11
KC Wide Open July 7-9
Mid America Open July 28-30
Rochester Flying Disc Open August 25-27
Discmania Open September 8-10

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 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).

The same math applies to Elite+, Silver events, PDGA Majors, and DGPT Playoffs.

How Do Playoffs for First Place Affect DGPT Tour Points?

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 points for that position.

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.

Note that some details of how points will affect the 2023 DGPT season haven't been announced yet. We will likely add to and edit the information below as the DGPT releases more information.

  • How DGPT points affected DGPT Championship qualification and seeding in 2022 (subject to change in 2023)
    1. The 30 MPO and 14 FPO players with the most tour points in their respective divisions received invitations to compete in the 2022 DGPT Championship. Declined invitations went to the players with the next-most points.

    2. Players who won an Elite or Major event but did not earn a spot in the Championship by point totals automatically received a spot in a play-in event to complete fields of 32 in MPO and 16 in FPO. Play-ins consisted of six players from each division. Spots not filled by event winners were given to those with the highest DGPT point totals who did not qualify outright for the Championship. Learn more in our post "All Disc Golf Pro Tour Events Explained."

    3. Point totals determined players' seeds at the DGPT Championship (more points = better seed). Top seeds received byes to later rounds of the competition, which had increasingly higher guaranteed payouts at each stage of the event. Additionally, better seeds won 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.

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