Today, FLW sent out 119 invitations for the 2020 FLW Tour to the top performers from the 2019 FLW Tour.
These invitations are in alignment with the 2019 FLW Tour rules that were announced last summer that transitioned the Tour to a qualification system, as well as one amendment made to accommodate changes in the pro bass fishing industry. The amendment was announced to pros at the registration meeting for the season finale on Lake Champlain last week.
Per the 2019 rules:
The top 100 pros based on an average of points earned in the 2018 and 2019 FLW Tour seasons (2019 only for rookies) requalify for the 2020 season. If a pro finishes outside of the top 100 but has previously earned an FLW Tour Angler of the Year title or has previously won the FLW Cup (as a pro), he or she will be granted a one-year exemption. Pros who earn entry upon exemption must finish in the top 100 (based on points for the current season) to requalify or must qualify through the FLW Series. If a top 100 pro declines his or her bid into the 2020 FLW Tour, the next eligible pro will qualify.
Due to the amount of turnover on Tour and changes in the industry prior to 2019, there was a high number of rookies on the Tour this season. Those rookies were evaluated for requalification based on only one season of competition. Taking that into consideration, FLW also evaluated all veteran pros based on their 2019 AOY points total alone. If it was higher than the points total applied in the rules above for the last pro into the top 100 (two-year average or one-year total for rookies), that pro also received an invitation to the 2020 Tour.
Therefore, the total number of pros receiving invites for 2020 from the 2019 FLW Tour is 119.
Additional invitations will go out later this season in accordance with the qualification rules established for the 2020 FLW Tour. The full set of rules for qualification is available here.
2020 FLW Tour qualifiers from the 2019 Tour
Ramie Colson Jr.
Lendell Martin Jr.
Capt. Blake Smith
J Todd Tucker