The PGA Tour has taken a new form with the introduction of a PGA Tour initiative, FedEx Cup Fall, for tournaments from September to November.
The FedEx Cup Fall will see plenty of points up for grabs as well as places in the game’s most prestigious tournaments for those who did not finish in the top 50 of last year’s FedEx Cup standings.
Here is everything you need to know about the FedEx Cup Fall.
The FedEx Cup season previously ran from the end of September to the Tour Championship at the end of August, but from this year the construction of the competition will be different.
The FedEx Cup Fall has been organised to bridge the gap before the first tournament of 2024, the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Those who finished in the top 50 of the 2023 FedEx Cup standings are already exempt from needing to qualify for each tournament on the PGA Tour 2024 schedule, which will include eight smaller-field, no-cut events.
This is a new opportunity for players who ranked 51st or lower in the standings at the end of the first playoff to earn their place in the biggest tournaments for next year.
Players who were outside last year’s top 50 will continue to play in seven events before the end of November, which will establish who will be the 125 players who gain automatic places in next year’s tournaments.
Those who finished in the top 50 are already exempt and have places guaranteed for all tournaments, including the new signature events, so they can rest easy, while those who were 51st to 70th have places in the main events and not the designated ones.
Anyone ranked 51st or lower will get the chance to build on the points they have already accumulated in the seven autumn tournaments and the top 125 in the rankings at the end of the year will receive an exemption for all the full-field events on the PGA Tour in 2024.
Players are under no compulsion to play in the FedEx Cup Fall tournaments, but not competing puts players at greater risk of allowing others to overtake them in the rankings and make their task of qualifying for next year even more difficult.
The FedEx Cup Fall covers tournaments that take place after the Tour Championship ends.
The 2023 version began with the Fortinet Championship from Sept. 11-17. It included the Sanderson Farms Championship, the Shriners Children's Open, the ZOZO Championship, the World Wide Technology Championship, the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, and it concluded with the RSM Classic.
The winner of each FedEx Cup Fall event will receive a two-year exemption for the PGA Tour, 500 FedEx Cup points, entry to The Sentry in Hawaii in January and a coveted place at the Players Championship at Sawgrass.
They will also qualify for all the Majors for which which a PGA Tour win earns eligibility.
PGA Tour Signature Events feature increased prize money and FedEx Cup points - the winner of a Signature Event earns 700 points. A FedEx Cup Fall tournament win grants the winner a spot in the two Signature Event tournaments following The Sentry - those were the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational in 2023.
Eight tournaments have been designated as a Signature Event which will feature smaller fields of about 70-80 players. They are:
The fields will consist of the top 50 players in the previous season's FedEx Cup standings, the top ten from the current standings and the top five from points earned from full-field events. Also eligible are players who won tournaments in the current season, players in the Official World Golf Rankings' top 30, and sponsor's exemptions that PGA Tour members can grant to players who are otherwise ineligible.
A 36-hole cut will be in operation at the Genesis, the Arnold Palmer and the Memorial, where the field for the final two days will be the top 50 which will include qualifiers under the ten-shot rule, while the other five tournaments will not have a cut.