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About the Play-Offs

The PGA Play-Offs were launched in 2006 and have become a popular finale to the season for leading PGA pros from across the regions.

From 2011 the top ten finishers have earned qualification for the European Tour's flagship event - the BMW PGA Championship - while since 2013 the top three in a PGA Cup cycle have qualified for the Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team.

The field comprises the top three from each of the PGA's seven regions plus the PGA Professional champion and runner up and the PGA Assistants' winner.

PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones has signalled the Play-Offs as one of the most innovative and best events in the Association's national tournament schedule since they were first contested at Woodhall Spa in 2006.

"As most football fans will testify, play-offs offer an incredibly exciting finale to a season and it's no different when our best golfers assemble for the PGA Play-Offs," he said.

"By holding play-offs we are ensuring the strongest regional players get the opportunity to gain starts into European Tour and Challenge Tour events and it is also a great opportunity for those PGA Members who want to take their playing career to the highest level."

Historic Woodhall Spa, rated one of the best inland courses in the UK, hosted the inaugural event which was won by Gary Marks in 2006.

A year later Paul Streeter triumphed at Hollinwell while Scotland's Chris Doak stormed to success at Royal Liverpool in 2008. Michael Watson triumphed at Little Aston in 2009 with Tartan Tour No.1 Greig Hutcheon victorious a year later at the same venue.

In 2011 Titleist, manufacturer of the world's No.1 golf ball, signed a three-year deal to sponsor the PGA Play-Offs with the tournament staged overseas for the first time at the PGA Sultan Course in Turkey.

Richard Wallis won back to back titles in 2011 & 12 with Hutcheon also picking up a second title in 2013.

Niall Kearney became the first Irish winner in 2014 while Welshman Gareth Wales, based in Scotland, lifted the crown in 2015.

In 2016, Matthew Cort won at Saunton to become the first player to lift both the Assistants' Championship and the Play-Offs title.

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