Nicolai Hojgaard may have won the DP World Tour Championship, but which players earned their stripes on the PGA Tour in 2024?
10 players have earned PGA Tour cards following the DP World Tour Championship’s conclusion.
This initiative was added to the 2023 season allowing players ranked the highest in the Race to Dubai access to the US circuit.
Therefore, players further down the Race to Dubai rankings were bumped up and earned cards as the likes of Viktor Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood also featured in the top 10.
Nicolai Hojgaard rocketed to second in the season-long rankings after winning the DP World Tour Championship however, the Dane is already a member in the States.
But in heartbreaking fashion, his brother Rasmus found the water on the 18th hole at Jumeirah Golf Estates which meant he missed out on a PGA Tour card.
Frenchman Matthieu Pavon made a birdie on the 72nd hole to seal a spot. Adrian Meronk was the top non-PGA player in the Race to Dubai rankings.
There has been scrutiny surrounding the DP World Tour’s strategy in allowing its best players the chance to leave the tour.
In October, it was also announced that PGA Tour players ranked from 126th to 200th after the Fall Series would be eligible to apply for membership on the formerly-named European Tour in 2024.
Top players from Race to Dubai points list to earn PGA Tour status:
Adrian Meronk (4th in Race to Dubai)
Ryan Fox (5th in Race to Dubai)
Victor Perez (7th in Race to Dubai)
Thorbjorn Olesen (9th in Race to Dubai)
Alexander Bjork (11th in Race to Dubai)
Sami Valimaki (12th in Race to Dubai)
Robert MacIntyre (13th in Race to Dubai)
Matthieu Pavon (15th in Race to Dubai)
Jorge Campillo (16th in Race to Dubai)
Ryo Hisatsune (17th in Race to Dubai)
What exemptions will these players have on the PGA Tour?
NCG understands that these players will be eligible for full-field events on the US circuit in 2024.
While the priority rankings still need to be finalised, they are not guaranteed a spot in every single one, just as Korn Ferry Tour graduates aren’t, but they will get a lot of starts.
Unless they received sponsorship exemptions, these players would need to play their way in via the FedEx Cup rankings just gone (The Next 10), earning points in the swing events leading up to the tournament (The Swing 5), winning an event or being in the top 30 of the world rankings.
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