Six Players Earn PGA Tour Cards Following LIV Golf Signings

Thanks to six PGA Tour players moving to LIV Golf, six new players will move into the top 125 of the FedEx Cup rankings and secure a card for next year

Wallace and Willett walk side by side
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The PGA Tour - LIV Golf drama continued this weekend and it was revealed six new players secured a PGA Tour card following Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri, Harold Varner III and Cameron Tringale teeing off in the fourth Saudi-backed series event in Boston.

Due to the six players moving to LIV Golf, it now means six new players move inside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings, with the English pair of Matt Wallace and Danny Willett joining Austin Smotherman, Justin Lower, Doc Redman and Kelly Kraft in qualifying for full PGA Tour cards for 2022/23. 

Smith and Varner III chat on the green

Smith and Varner III are amongst the six to lose their PGA Tour cards after signing for LIV Golf

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Back in June, at the very first LIV Golf tournament at Centurion Club, the PGA Tour announced bans for those featuring, with a statement being released as soon as the first tee shots were hit.

In the strongly worded letter from PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, the Tour stated that LIV Golf players are "suspended or otherwise no longer eligible to participate" in PGA Tour events. They will be removed from the FedEx Cup rankings and will not be eligible for the FedEx Cup or Presidents Cup.

"These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons. But they can't demand the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platforms as you," the letter reads. "That expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners."

Monahan talks in front of the Tour Championship logo

Monahan speaks at the 2022 Tour Championship 

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Along with the ban, a report by Sports Illustrated revealed that a letter has been sent to the relevant LIV golfers who haven't given up their PGA Tour memberships, with the Tour announcing that they will not be allowed to play on the circuit in 2022/23.

In the letter, which was written by Kirsten Burgess, the PGA Tour’s vice president of competition administration, it states that: “The terms of your contractual commitments to LIV Golf prohibit you from satisfying the material obligations set forth in the regulations and make clear that you have no intention to, and indeed cannot comply with these requirements of membership in the PGA Tour.

“The Tour cannot enter into a membership agreement with a player when, as here, it reasonably anticipates the player will not perform the material obligations under that agreement. Accordingly, your PGA Tour membership cannot and will not be renewed for the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season.’’

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