The Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) will hold its first-ever play-in event for the prestigious DGPT Championship on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Like the DGPT Championship, the play-in event will take place at Nevin Park Disc Golf Course in disc golf wonderland Charlotte, North Carolina.
To learn more about the unusual and exciting elimination-style format of the Tour Championship, check out our post "How the DGPT Championship Works, Likeliest Winners, & More." In 2022, both the MPO and FPO winners of the DGPT Championship will earn $35,000.
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Below you can find out how the play-in for the DGPT Championship works:
- What is the DGPT Championship play-in?
- How did players earn spots in the DGPT Championship play-in?
- Who's likeliest to move on from the DGPT Championship play-in?
- Tiebreaker for the DGPT Championship play-in
- Can players earn money from the DGPT Championship play-in?
What Is the DGPT Championship Play-In?
The play-in event will give two FPO and two MPO players a chance to compete in the DGPT Championship, which will offer a minimum payout of $2,500 (MPO) and $3,000 (FPO) and a shot at the grand prize of $35,000 (MPO & FPO).
In MPO, the DGPT Championship will have a field of 32, but only the top 30 players in DGPT tour points standings qualified outright. In FPO, only the top 14 qualified outright, but the final field will consist of 16 players.
Six players in MPO and six in FPO will vie for those open spots in the DGPT Championship via the play-in. Players in each division will play in two groups of three at Nevin on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. The players with the two best scores (regardless of group) in their division will move on to the DGPT Championship.
How to Follow the 2022 DGPT Championship Play-In
Hole-by-hole live scoring for the 2022 DGPT Championship will be available on UDisc Live.
How Did Players Earn Spots in the DGPT Championship Play-In?
Players who had an Elite Series or PDGA Major tournament win but not enough DGPT tour points to qualify outright for the DGPT Championship automatically received an invitation to the DGPT Championship play-in. Spots not filled by Elite Series or Major winners were given to players based on tour points standings.
Again, there are six players competing in the play-in in FPO and six in MPO. In both divisions, only two players will continue on to the Tour Championship.
Hailey King in FPO was the only player to earn and accept a spot in the play-in based solely on a win at a big event (the USWDGC, a Major).
Did Any Qualified Player Decline to Compete in the DGPT Championship Play-In?
Eagle McMahon, who sat out much of the 2022 season due to injury, could have competed in the play-in event based on his Major win at the European Open. However, he declined the invitation.
Due to his suspension, Nikko Locastro could not take advantage of qualifying for the play-in event.
Who's Most Likely to Advance from the DGPT Championship Play-In?
Using the stats that power UDisc's Win Probability model for pro disc golf, we were able to calculate how likely it is that players will advance from the play-in to the 2022 DGPT Championship.
Note that our model recalculates probabilities throughout events and these percentages can change greatly as each hole is played. You can follow those changes by clicking "Win Probability" at the top of UDisc Live for any event.
|MPO PROBABILITIES TO WIN DGPT CHAMPIONSHIP SPOT VIA PLAY-IN
|Play-In Seed||Name||Prob. to Win DGPT Championship Spot Prior to Play-in Start||Actual Result|
|31||Andrew Presnell||41%||Did not advance|
|33||Albert Tamm||37%||Did not advance|
|34||Chandler Kramer||27%||Did not advance|
|36||Jake Hebenheimer||34%||Did not advance|
|FPO PROBABILITIES TO WIN DGPT CHAMPIONSHIP SPOT VIA PLAY-IN
|Play-In Seed||Name||Prob. to Win DGPT Championship Spot Prior to Play-in Start
|15||Henna Blomroos||66%||Did not advance|
|16||Alexis Mandujano||24%||Did not advance|
|18||Macie Velediaz||33%||Did not advance|
|19||Jennifer Allen||28%||Did not advance|
You'll notice that some players with worse seeds have a higher chance of advancing and winning than those with better seeds. This is because seeds were determined solely by DGPT tour points, and Win Probability uses historical player performance to predict how well players will do on the DGPT Championship play-in course.
What Happens If There's a Tie at the DGPT Championship Play-In?
Tour points are the tiebreaker at the DGPT Championship play-in. In the event of a tie or ties, the player or players with the most tour points in the 2022 season move on.
Can Players Earn Money From the DGPT Championship Play-In?
Any player who competes in the play-in but does not advance to the first round of the DGPT Championship will earn $250.