The PGA Championship is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Beginning in 2019, the tournament will be played in May on the weekend before Memorial Day, as the season’s second major. It is an official money event on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and Japan Golf Tour, with a purse of $11 million in 2019.
In line with the other majors, winning the PGA gains privileges that improve career security. PGA champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship) and The Players Championship for the next five years, and are eligible for the PGA Championship for life. They receive membership on the PGA Tour for the following five seasons and on the European Tour for the following seven seasons. The PGA is the only one of the four majors to be a tournament almost exclusively for professional players.