TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
March 9-14, 2021

About Birdies for Charity

What is Birdies for Charity?

Birdie is a scoring term used by golfers which describes they’ve scored 1-under par on an individual hole.  

In addition to requesting a donation, charitable organizations invite stakeholders to guess how many birdies will be made during THE PLAYERS weeklong tournament.

Upon completion of the tournament, the individual who successfully guesses the exact number of birdies (or closest thereto) will be a awarded a grand prize of $10,000. A tie-breaker question will also be asked.

Who is eligible to participate?

Northeast Florida charitable organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) are eligible to participate in Birdies for Charity.

In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by who most accurately guesses the total number of balls hit into the water at No. 17. If there are multiple winners after the initial tie-breaker, THE PLAYERS will ask additional tie-breaker questions until a grand prize winner is determined.

Who is eligible to donate?

All donations must be provided by an individual, NOT a company or foundation.  Each donor must make a Birdies guess and answer a tie-breaker question for their donation to be an eligible entry assigned to the charity of their choice, as listed on the charity's donation report Form.

Are there any restrictions?

  • Charities may not assign Birdies guesses for donors.
  • Capital campaign donations are allowable when accompanied by completed Manual Donation Form.
  • Government Grants and Foundation Grants are NOT eligible Birdies for Charity donations.
  • Membership dues and existing pre-arranged donations are NOT eligible Birdies for Charity donations.

What is the timeline?

  • Registration for THE PLAYERS 2021 Birdies for Charity program has launched.  Organizations can start collecting donations once they have been approved up until Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m.  All manual donations must be submitted to THE PLAYERS by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10.

Bonus Dollars

THE PLAYERS Championship will provide a $150,000 Birdies for Charity BONUS POOL, offering participating charities the opportunity to receive bonus dollars!  

Bonus Structure

Organizations will be divided into two tiers - Tier 1 will be organizations with an operating budget of $0 to $1 million.  Tier 2 will be those with an operating budget of more than $1M.

Soliciting Donations

On the Birdies for Charity website, there is a Marketing Materials section which contains campaign materials charities can use to reach out to potential supporters.  These materials can be customized, printed out, and/or emailed to potential supporters/participants.  Charities can include Birdies for Charity information on their own website and create a link to the Birdies for Charity website.

Individual Donations

BY CASH OR CHECK:  Donors wishing to donate via cash or check will make their donation directly to the charity of their choice. The donor must complete a Manual Donation Form which will ask them for their birdies guess and for their answer to a tie-breaker question. They will give the form and the donation directly to the charity. The charity will be responsible for recording all donations which they receive directly. Manual donations must be recorded on the Donation Report Form found here.

ONLINE:  Donors can go to the Birdies for Charity website and click “Make a Donation Now.” Once they are on the donation page, they can select a charity from the list of participating charities and designating the charity as the recipient of their donation, make their birdies guess, answer a potential tie-breaker question and complete the donation via credit card.  NOTE:  All online donations will be collected by PGA TOUR Charities, Inc.

Manual Donation Form

Manual Donation forms are available here

Final Donation Report Forms

Donation Report Forms (including birdies guesses and tie-breaker guesses) must be submitted to THE PLAYERS tournament office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the tournament.

Guess/Donation Limitations

Each individual can make a donation to a charitable organization via the Birdies for Charity program (and an accompanying birdie guess) as many times as they like.

Minimum Donation

The minimum amount which can be donated to a charity via the Birdies for Charity program is $20.

Maximum Donation

There is no maximum amount per donation.

Tracking Online Donations

Periodically, we will update a listing of the participating charities and how much they have raised in online donations.  That listing will be in the Leaderboard section of the Birdies for Charity website. Following the conclusion of the program, the tournament will provide the charity with a list of the online donors.

Receiving Funding

On or before March 10, 2021, charities must submit their Donation Report Form which will contain information about donations that they received directly, via cash or check, and the birdies guess and tie-breaker guess for each donor.  After THE PLAYERS concludes, we will add that amount to the total amount the organization received in on-line donations.  We will determine how much the organization is eligible to receive from the bonus pool. A check will be sent to the organization within approximately 120 days of the conclusion of the tournament.