FedEx Cup Playoffs 2022: Which LIV Golf players qualified for the Top 125? Can they play in the St. Jude Championship?

The first event of the 2022 FedEx Cup Playoffs is the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. The path to qualifying for this event is quite simple: be among the top 125 players on the FedEx Cup PGA TOUR points list after the Wyndham Championship which ended on August 7th.

But for nine golfers who joined the LIV Tour in the 2021-22 season, they would have been on the course had they not made the jump to the breakaway circuit. The following players would have been eligible for the Playoffs, but were suspended by the PGA TOUR for their participation in LIV.

Talor Gooch, 1,302 points (20th)
Jason Kokrak, 801 points (45th)
Matt Jones, 653 points (65th)
Hudson Swafford, 640 points (67th)
Matthew Wolff, 572 points (78th)
Abraham Ancer, 510 points (88th)
Carlos Ortiz, 414 points (107th)
Brooks Koepka, 412 points (108th)
Charles Howell III, 400 points (116th)

So in response, an antitrust complaint that was filed and a temporary restraining order has been requested by Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford so they can compete in the 2022 FedEx Cup Qualifiers. A hearing on that motion will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PT in a federal circuit court for the Northern District of California, Judge Beth Labson Freeman presiding.

“The punishment that would accrue to these players if they were unable to participate in the FedEx Cup qualifiers is substantial and irreparable,” said LIV Golfers in their TRO request, which you can read in full here.

“The Tour unlawfully suspended TRO complainants from the Tour for nearly two years and, as of yesterday, refused to waive those suspensions, as required by the Tour’s own rules,” the complainants continue. “Unless upheld, ineligible Tour suspensions will prevent TRO complainants from participating in the FedEx Cup playoffs, denying them a crucial opportunity to qualify for major professional golf events of the year. next.”

The PGA Tour filed a blistering responseaccusing players of waiting as long as possible to file their case in order to help receive relief, even using a hackneyed cake analogy to justify their exclusion.

“Despite knowing full well they would violate TOUR rules and be suspended for it, the plaintiffs joined rival golf league LIV Golf, which paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money. provided by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches,” the TOUR lawyers said. TOUR’s end-of-season FedExCup, an action that would harm all TOUR members who play by the rules. Antitrust laws don’t allow plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

They also don’t hold the LIV Tour as a business. “LIV is the latest example of ‘sportswashing’, a strategy by the Saudi government to use sport to enhance its reputation for human rights abuses and other atrocities.”

Once a decision on the application has been rendered in court or shortly thereafter, we will post the decision here.

Michael C. Ford