The PGA Tour’s transition to a split-calendar schedule means this week’s Wyndham Championship is the cutoff for players looking to secure a card for next year – for those scoring at home, the 2013-14 season is just seven weeks away.
With that transition also comes a move to use FedEx Cup points, instead of earnings, as the standard to secure status, but money has not been entirely discarded as a measure of job security.
Players who finish inside the top 125 in earnings, but not FedEx Cup points, will be exempt for the 2013-14 season, a safety net to keep players from falling through the statistical cracks.
“We don’t think there will be a huge change,” said Tyler Dennis, the Tour’s vice president of competition. “There is a potential for the slight discrepancy (between the points list and earnings) and it just seemed like the fairest way to do it.”
Currently, there are four players who are inside the top 125 in earnings but not points. Only three of those players would be impacted by the adjustment – Padraig Harrington (110th in earnings and 129th in points) is already exempt for next season.
Players who maintain their status via the money list will be exempt into all “standard open” events, but not invitational tournaments like The Players. Dennis estimates this will impact about three players a season but shouldn’t increase the number of exempt players since the new qualifying process is now capped at a hard 50 players.