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2023 FedExCup explained: Who keeps their TOUR card, who makes Playoffs, and more

We break down how the FedExCup playoffs work as the PGA TOUR switches from the “wraparound” calendar to an annual one once again.

TOUR Championship - Final Round Photo by Rankin White/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Monday, August 7 update: The Wyndham Championship has wrapped up, and the 70-player field for the St. Jude Championship has been set. The first of three playoff events will be headlined by favorite Scottie Scheffler, set at +650 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, and Xander Schauffele also join the field. Notably, Justin Thomas did not place high enough at the Wyndham to qualify, and will miss out on the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

This week’s Wyndham Championship is the last event for PGA TOUR players to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. The first of three FedExCup Playoff events are set to begin next week at the St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.

But how do players get there? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 FedExCup Playoffs, as the PGA TOUR switches from the “wraparound” calendar back to the old system of January to December being one full season starting in 2024.

Who qualifies for the playoffs?

The top 70 players from the FedExCup standings after this week’s Wyndham Championship qualify for the St. Jude’s Championship in Memphis. There are three FedEx Cup playoff events — the St. Jude’s Championship, the BMW Championship, and the TOUR Championship. Golfers earn FedExCup points throughout the season depending on their finishes in other tournaments. Majors net more points, while standard tournaments offer less.

After St. Jude’s, the top 50 golfers in the FedExCup standings will move onto the BMW Championship in Chicago. From there the top 30 move onto the TOUR Championship, where they will compete for the grand prize of $18 million. Rory McIlroy won last year’s TOUR Championship over Scottie Scheffler in dramatic fashion, and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta tends to produce a great weekend.

If you’re in the top 50 heading into the St. Jude’s Championship, you may not remain there and make the BMW. Golfers earn quadruple FedExCup points at the playoff tournaments, which can reorder the standings quickly.

Who lost their PGA TOUR Card for 2024?

Any golfer who won a tournament in 2022 or 2023 is exempt through the end of 2024. All 70 golfers who qualify for the St. Jude’s Championship will also get to keep their TOUR card, and will be exempt for all full-field events in 2024 as well as The PLAYERS Championship.

The top 50 are also fully-exempt for the 2024 season, which means they automatically make the field in the eight “signature events” (formerly “elevated events”) as part of the 2024 PGA TOUR schedule.

After the Playoffs, golfers that are No. 71 and higher will play in seven “FedExCup Fall” events that determines who finishes in the top 125 in FedExCup standings this year. Those top 125 are exempt for full-field events in 2024, but will have a lower priority level for the limited field spots. Golfers from 126-150 will have partial PGA TOUR status, as will most of those making the leap from the Korn Ferry Tour rankings.

2023 FedExCup standings entering St. Jude Classic

2023 FedExCup Playoffs Field

Player FedEx Cup Rank FedExCup Points
Player FedEx Cup Rank FedExCup Points
Jon Rahm 1 3,319.720
Scottie Scheffler 2 3,145.940
Rory McIlroy 3 2,304.097
Max Homa 4 2,128.416
Wyndham Clark 5 1,943.807
Brian Harman 6 1,827.411
Viktor Hovland 7 1,795.092
Keegan Bradley 8 1,773.902
Rickie Fowler 9 1,731.551
Tony Finau 10 1,655.195
Jason Day 11 1,505.829
Nick Taylor 12 1,463.414
Patrick Cantlay 13 1,442.807
Tom Kim 14 1,422.033
Sepp Straka 15 1,412.974
Xander Schauffele 16 1,406.016
Tyrrell Hatton 17 1,381.227
Si Woo Kim 18 1,372.057
Sam Burns 19 1,335.324
Russell Henley 20 1,295.501
Emiliano Grillo 21 1,274.886
Collin Morikawa 22 1,246.248
Kurt Kitayama 23 1,215.980
Adam Schenk 24 1,212.949
Taylor Moore 25 1,192.810
Tommy Fleetwood 26 1,184.160
Denny McCarthy 27 1,178.846
Chris Kirk 28 1,161.260
Seamus Power 29 1,133.451
Corey Conners 30 1,103.498
Jordan Spieth 31 1,099.354
Sungjae Im 32 1,097.565
Justin Rose 33 1,087.719
Sahith Theegala 34 1,064.983
Lee Hodges 35 1,052.156
Matt Fitzpatrick 36 1,048.958
Byeong Hun An 37 1,041.344
Adam Svensson 38 1,013.909
Brendon Todd 39 973.295
Eric Cole 40 949.851
Andrew Putnam 41 917.629
Harris English 42 913.988
Patrick Rodgers 43 913.667
Adam Hadwin 44 908.259
J.T. Poston 45 906.718
Tom Hoge 46 896.588
Mackenzie Hughes 47 890.359
Cameron Young 48 889.403
Lucas Glover 49 884.864
Nick Hardy 50 867.590
Alex Smalley 51 864.486
Thomas Detry 52 851.137
Taylor Montgomery 53 822.536
Davis Riley 54 767.653
Brandon Wu 55 763.035
Hayden Buckley 56 753.583
Hideki Matsuyama 57 741.702
Keith Mitchell 58 697.847
Mark Hubbard 59 697.282
Matt Kuchar 60 695.136
Stephan Jaeger 61 691.576
Cam Davis 62 684.681
Sam Ryder 63 675.313
Sam Stevens 64 670.047
Aaron Rai 65 669.889
Beau Hossler 66 658.296
Matt NeSmith 67 641.536
Vincent Norrman 68 636.472
J.J. Spaun 69 633.969
Ben Griffin 70 616.558