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Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas currently out

Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas currently out

For PGA Tour players, being inside the top 50 of the FedEx Cup Standings now comes with more than a spot in the field at the BMW Championship.

The board recently ratified a new approach for the 2024 schedule that will see reduced fields in new designated events, as well as the removal of the 36-hole cut. Fields in designated events will contain between 70 and 78 players and be largely comprised of the top 50 players who qualify for the BMW Championship during the previous season’s FedEx Cup playoffs, adding some extra intrigue to the season-long race that was desperately needed.

While it may seem like it’s too early in the season to be following the top-50 movement, the Players Championship was the 20th tournament of the PGA Tour’s 2022-23 schedule, as well as the fifth designated event. With major season looming, here’s a look at some players who are currently in and out of next year’s designated events.

Bubble watch

Check out the last 10 in and first 10 as the points stand after the 2023 Players Championship, where Nos. 40 and 60 are separated by just 101 points.

Player Current FedEx Cup ranking Previous FedEx Cup ranking FedEx Cup points
Xander Schauffele 40 43 441
Keith Mitchell 41 41 435
Denny McCarthy 42 49 432
Joel Dahmen 43 38 426
Patrick Rodgers 44 39 418
Matthew NeSmith 45 40 418
Nico Echavarria 46 44 388
Adam Hadwin 47 59 388
Robby Shelton 48 45 382
J.J. Spaun 49 46 380
Alex Smalley 50 47 380
Maverick McNealy 51 48 380
David Lingmerth 52 66 378
Wyndham Clark 53 56 365
K.H. Lee 54 50 355
Garrick Higgo 55 53 354
Tyson Alexander 56 51 349
Sam Ryder 57 55 347
Taylor Moore 58 58 347
S.H. Kim 59 52 346
Hideki Matsuyama 60 90 342

Biggest movers

Tyrrell Hatton was the big mover of the day on Sunday after an impressive 7-under 65 at TPC Sawgrass to finish solo second at 12 under and claim $2,725,000. Not only that, he flew 43 spots up the FedEx Cup points list to sit No. 26.

Hideki Matsuyama moved 30 spots up to No. 60 after his fifth-place showing at the Tour’s flagship event.

Notables inside the top 50

The usual suspects this season of Jon Rahm, Max Homa and Players champion Scottie Scheffler are all Nos. 1-3 in the standings, with Keegan Bradley in fourth and Seamus Power in fifth.

Taylor Montgomery, in his first full season on the PGA Tour, is currently 17th thanks to his eight top 25 finishes (four in the top 10) over his 14 events so far this season.

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