FedEx Cup Fall: Beau Hossler leads the pack; multiple pros fighting with 3 events to go

FedEx Cup Fall: Beau Hossler leads the pack; multiple pros fighting with 3 events to go

After Collin Morikawa won the ZOZO Championship in dominant fashion, the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Fall takes a hiatus before three events in November wrap up the season.

Those three tournaments are listed below:

  • Worldwide Technologies Championship – Los Cabos, Mexico – Nov. 2-5
  • Butterfield Bermuda Championship – Southampton, Bermuda – Nov. 9-12
  • RSM Classic – St. Simons Island, Georgia – Nov. 16-19

After these three events, those players ranked 51st to 60th in the FedEx Cup Fall rankings will receive an invitation to play in the first two ‘Signature Events’ of the 2024 PGA Tour season.

PGA Tour, Butterfield Bermuda Championship

The world-famous 16th hole at Port Royal Golf Course, the host of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational are the first two signature events that these players can gain access to in 2024. Those tournaments will include the top 50 players in the 2023 FedEx Cup standings and have elevated purses, which could change a golfer’s career trajectory.

With that in mind, let’s check out the current rankings as we are now past the midway point of the FedEx Cup Fall season:

51. Beau Hossler
52. Taylor Montgomery
53. Nick Hardy
54. Ben Griffin
55. Alex Smalley
56. J.J. Spaun
57. Mackenzie Hughes
58. Stephan Jaeger
59. Luke List
60. Thomas Detry

Beau Hossler has played well through the Fall series, making the cut at all four events thus far. He tied for seventh at the Shriners Children’s Open and then finished in a tie for 2nd at the ZOZO. The former Texas Longhorn has all but locked up a spot in the Signature Events next season.

J.J. Spaun, Cam Davis, PGA Tour

J.J. Spaun and Cam Davis approach the 16th green during the third round of the 2023 ZOZO Championship.
Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images

J.J. Spaun also played well in Japan, finishing in a tie for sixth. That propelled him into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup Fall, as he was on the outside looking in before the ZOZO Championship.

Let’s take a look at the following 10 players fighting to get into that elusive 51-to-60 range:

61. Mark Hubbard
62. Davis Riley
63. Sam Ryder
64. S.H. Kim
65. Brandon Wu
66. Matt Kuchar
67. Hayden Buckley
68. Keith Mitchell
69. Aaron Rai
70. Matt NeSmith

Sam Ryder entered last week as the 60th ranked player, but the former Stetson Hatter finished the ZOZO Championship at 7-over par—in a tie for 64th. That poor performance dropped him out of the top 10, at least for now.

Matt Kuchar, meanwhile, has not played since the Fortinet Championship, where he tied for 7th.

Joel Dahmen, PGA Tour, ZOZO Championship

Joel Dahmen plays a shot at the 2023 ZOZO Championship.
Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images

Other notables outside the top 60 include Justin Thomas and Joel Dahmen, ranked 72nd and 76th in the FedEx Cup standings, respectively.

But Thomas and Dahmen are not in danger of losing their PGA Tour cards altogether.

Those players ranked beyond 125th, however, could lose their PGA Tour membership.

The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup Fall rankings earn PGA Tour cards for 2024, meaning dozens of players are fighting for their careers. Should a player finish outside of the top 125, they can play on the DP World Tour in 2024, as new exemption categories for those players were announced Monday.

Here are the 10 players ranked from 116th to 125th in the FedEx Cup Fall:

116. Ben Martin
117. Henrik Norlander
118. Andrew Novak
119. Peter Malnati
120. Nico Echavarria
121. Maverick McNealy
122. Chesson Hadley
123. Doug Ghim
124. C.T. Pan
125. Erik van Rooyen

van Rooyen, who hails from South Africa, most recently tied for 23rd at the Shriners Children’s Open. The 33-year-old holds onto the elusive 125th spot by a dozen points over Zecheng Dou, who is one of many players on the outside looking in:

126. Zecheng Dou
127. Cameron Champ
128. MJ Daffue
129. Jimmy Walker
130. Patton Kizzire
131. Harrison Endycott
132. Austin Smotherman
133. Carl Yuan
134. Scott Piercy
135. Trey Mullinax

Notably, the top 150 finishers in the FedEx Cup Fall earn conditional PGA Tour status for 2024. Nevertheless, anyone who fails to make the top 125 will likely be relegated to the Korn Ferry Tour or opt to play on the DP World Tour instead.

So even though November could be considered golf’s “off-season,” there is never a time during the year when the sport fails to entertain.

The final three events of the FedEx Cup Fall will produce tremendous drama and change the lives of dozens of professional golfers for better or worse.

Check back with Playing Through as the standings are finalized.

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.

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