The PGA Professional Championship began in 1968 to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. It has become a showcase event featuring some of the finest players in the Association. Formerly a 360-player field, the format of the PGA Professional Championship was converted from 1997-2005 to a larger nationwide event featuring the finest 156 players at the peak of their games. Today, the field features 312 players. The list of Champions includes: Sam Snead, Bob Rosburg, Ed Dougherty, Bruce Fleisher, Larry Gilbert, Rex Baxter Jr., Don Massengale, Laurie Hammer, Larry Webb, Bob Boyd, Brett Upper, Bruce Zabriski and Mike Small.
The 53rd PGA Professional Championship will be played in April 2020 at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Just 10 miles northwest of downtown Austin, the resort blends the best of the capital city with the beauty of Texas Hill Country.
The largest contingent of women in history qualified to compete in the 2019 PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA at Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina.