Rory Sabbatini Keeps PGA Tour Card Following LIV Golf Suspensions

Thanks to players signing up to LIV Golf, the 46-year-old is able to keep his full PGA Tour card for 2022/23

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Having claimed six PGA Tour titles, an Olympic silver medal and multiple appearances in the World Cup and Presidents Cup, Rory Sabbatini has enjoyed many successes throughout his career.

However, golf doesn't wait for anyone and, in rather bizarre circumstances, Sabbatini has managed to keep his PGA Tour card following players' decisions to move to LIV Golf, as well as the 46-year-old using a certain exemption to keep his card for at least one more year.

Sabbatini hits a tee shot and stares

Sabbatini's best result of the 2021/22 PGA Tour season came at the Shriners Children's Open. He finished T3

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Following the PGA Tour's decision to suspend players who have moved to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, the decision was made to ensure that the FedEx Cup standings weren't affected.

Because the FedEx Cup standings changed, something that benefitted Anthony Quayle, Chris Naegel, Rick Lamb and Matti Schmid after Bubba Watson resigned his membership, the PGA Tour's policy board decided to have separate lists involving career money leaders, too.

This is where Sabbatini comes in as, under the regulations, players can use a one-time exemption for being inside the top 50 in career money, as well as a one-time exemption for being inside the top 25. After failing to keep his card last year, the South African-Slovak used his top 50 exemption, but failed to finish inside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings.

Watson waves to the crowd

Watson's resignation meant multiple players now have a chance at securing a PGA Tour card

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After making just $628,043 this year on the PGA Tour, Sabbatini would have moved to 31st in the career money list, a drop of two places from his original standing. However, because five LIV golfers have resigned their membership, and four have been suspended, the 46-year-old has jumped nine spots to 22nd.

This means he can now use a top 25 exemption, thus making him able to play on the PGA Tour for 2022/23.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x