Tommy Fleetwood, the 38th ranked golfer in the world, was shockingly stripped of his PGA Tour card on Wednesday. The decision came after Fleetwood missed three cuts in a row and failed to make it to at least one tournament during each of those weeks.
The pga tour standings is a list of the top players in the PGA Tour. Tommy Fleetwood was ranked 38th in the world, but surprisingly lost his PGA Tour card.
Tommy Fleetwood is currently rated as the world’s number 38 golfer. He’s won eight matches as a professional and has three top-five finishes in major championships. This season, the Englishman also had four top-20 finishes and just four missed cuts.
However, Fleetwood is no longer a full-time member of the PGA Tour as of this week.
For the first time in his career, Tommy Fleetwood misses the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Fleetwood joined the PGA Tour full-time in 2018, and he qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs in each of his first three seasons on the circuit. In two of those seasons, he even made it all the way to East Lake for the TOUR Championship.
However, Fleetwood missed the playoffs for the first time in his career following a dismal 2021 season in which he made 14 of 18 cuts but only finished in the top 30 four times. For a shot to make the playoffs, the 30-year-old needed a good performance at the Wyndham Championship, but a T65 wasn’t quite enough to get him into the top 125.
Fleetwood was placed 137th in the FedEx Cup standings at the end of the season.
Fleetwood has yet to win on the PGA Tour in his four years as a full-time player. He has eight professional wins to his credit, but none on the PGA Tour.
Fleetwood’s PGA Tour card has been revoked.
During the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, Tommy Fleetwood stands on the 10th green | Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Golf is a game with a lot of ups and downs. It has the ability to eat you up and spit you out the moment you show any indications of weakness, like it did to Fleetwood this year. The Englishman lost his PGA Tour card after finishing outside of the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings.
If they have prior victories or other exemptions, players who finish outside the top 125 may still stay on the Tour. For example, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose missed the playoffs but did not lose their cards due to previous wins that will keep them exempt for the next several seasons.
Fleetwood, on the other hand, has no PGA Tour victories or exemptions to keep him around.
What’s next for the world’s number 38 golfer?
For a professional golfer, losing their PGA Tour card may seem like a career-ending blow, but that isn’t the case for Fleetwood. Despite finishing between 126th and 200th in the FedEx Cup rankings, the European Ryder Cup star qualified for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He’ll receive his card back if he finishes in the top 25 in the three-tournament event.
If he fails to do so, Fleetwood still has a chance to earn conditional status on the PGA Tour for the 2021-22 season. He won’t be able to participate in as many tournaments, but as a top-40 player in the world, he’ll still get plenty of invitations. If he wins a tournament as a part-time member of the Tour next year, it will go a long way toward securing his card for at least a few more seasons.
He’ll also be playing in the Ryder Cup next month, so don’t expect to see him again this year.
Fleetwood’s career isn’t coming to an end. It’s only a speed bump, and he’s got the strength to go over it with just a few scrapes.
The PGA Tour provided all statistics.
Following a wild finish at the Wyndham Championship, the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs field has been set.
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