PGA Tour Excludes LIV Golf Players From New FedExCup Points List

In a memo sent to members, the PGA Tour confirmed it was using a secondary points list for eligibility for its FedExCup playoffs, which begin Aug. 8.

In a report by the golf chain (opens in a new tab), the new list removed the eight LIV Golf Invitational Series players currently suspended by the PGA Tour. According to PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, the new list – which does not replace the official FedExCup points list – was created to ensure “that suspended members do not negatively impact the eligibility of other players in tournaments, placement on priority leaderboards, or eligibility to participate in the FedExCup Qualifiers.

The eight players omitted from the revised list are Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Hudson Swafford, Matthew Wolff, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez. That number will increase to 11 this week when Jason Kokrak, Charles Howell III and Paul Casey take part in the Saudi-backed series in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The top 125 on the regular season points list participate in the first post-season event. The list also determines the status of players for the following season. Stephan Jaeger, who is ranked number 133 on the regular season roster, has moved up to the all-important number 125 spot on the eligibility list. Meanwhile, Webb Simpson, who sits at No. 125 on the regular-season roster, moves up to 117 on the eligibility list.

The memo explained that the move was partly done for the sake of clarity. He said: “While the new list does not replace the official FedExCup points list, it will provide clarity to players and fans regarding tournament eligibility, including FedExCup Qualifiers and Priority rankings for the 2022-2023 season.

“We have taken steps to ensure that at the end of the FedExCup Regular Season and the FedExCup Playoffs, any suspended players will not negatively impact any bonus money distributions paid to you. You will receive bonus money based on your final position on the FedExCup playoffs and your eligible points list; suspended members will receive bonus money based on their final position on the official FedExCup points list. »

The memo also confirmed that any player suspended by the PGA Tour for playing the LIV Golf Invitational Series would not be ineligible for this year’s Presidents Cup. He said: “Only tournament-eligible players can participate in the Presidents Cup, regardless of their membership status.”

The FedExCup playoffs begin with the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis on August 8. It then moves on to the BMW Championship in Delaware starting August 15 and concludes with the Tour Championship in Atlanta from August 22-28. The Presidents Cup takes place September 19-25 in Charlotte.

Michael C. Ford