MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rory SabbatiniThe players who signed up for LIV Golf, which is Saudi-funded, can now get a full PGA Tour card for next year.
These circumstances are the result of the PGA Tours determination to ensure that suspended players dont affect the eligibility criteria for those in good standing.
Two lists now exist for the tour: the FedEx Cup standings and an eligibility points list, which includes the players who were suspended. This was how it worked. Rickie Fowler Got the 125th placeIn the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin this week.
Fridays tour policy board decision was to create separate lists that include career money leaders.
A player can use a one time exemption from being the top 50 in career cash, and a one time exemption for being the top 25 in career cash. A player will typically use the top-25 exemption first, then the top 50.
Sabbatini won the Olympic silver medal for Slovakia in 2012, but he didnt keep his full card. He was No. 29 in career cash and had to use the one-time, top-50 exemption. However, he earned only $628.043 this year and was not among the top 125 in FedEx Cup to retain a full card.
Sabbatini would be No. 31. Five LIV golf players have resigned and will not be listed on the career income list. Four other players were suspended and will not be count.
Sabbatini will now be No. 22. This will allow Sabbatini to use his top-25 exemption, and receive a full card for next year.
Sabbatini was born in South Africa and is a six-time winner of the PGA Tour. His last victory was at the Honda Classic in 2011.
The math is even more complicated when you consider other subjects. Bubba WatsonThe threshold of points required to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals is changed by the PGA Tours resignation on Sunday. This allows for more flexibility. Anthony Quayle, Chris Naegel, Rick LambMattias Schmid and Mattias Schmid will be trying to earn cards in the next month.