NORTON, Mass. – Money, for decades the primary measure of success or failure on the PGA Tour, will become even less important starting next season.
In June, the Tour’s policy board approved a change to the eligibility requirements that would eliminate the top 125 in earnings exemption.
When the Tour introduced the FedEx Cup in 2007 the primary avenue to membership was changed to the season-long points list, but officials added a provision that allowed players who earned enough money to rank inside the top 125 in money, but not enough points to finish the regular season inside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup list, to maintain their membership status for the following season.
That exemption will go away beginning with the 2017-18 season in an attempt to create more playing opportunities for graduates of the Web.com Tour’s Finals Series.
The exemption, however, will apply to players who earned enough this season to keep their Tour cards for next year; a list that includes six players.
The most glaring disparity between the two lists this season was Ken Duke, who earned $773,000 and enough to finish the regular season 117th in earnings but was 153rd on the points list.
Steve Marino (118th in earnings, 130th in points), Morgan Hoffmann (125th and 133rd), Bud Cauley (119th and 135th), Chad Collins (124th and 136th) and Retief Goosen (122nd and 141st) will also maintain their status for next season via the money list exemption.