Multi-time winner lost Tour card – then got big assist from LIV Golf


Rory Sabbatini at last month’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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Rory Sabbatini will keep his PGA Tour card. Five pros will have a shot at one.

All thanks to… LIV Golf?

It’s true, although a little complicated, because it involves resignations and suspensions, various rankings and a recent update of these rankings. In short, however, Sabbatini, a silver medalist at last year’s Olympics and six-time Tour winner, will now be able to use an exemption as an all-time top-25 winner to play on the Tour next season. , and pros Anthony Quayle, Chris Naegel, Rick Lamb, Matti Schmid and Jonas Blixt enter the finale of the Korn Ferry Tour, a three-week series that begins next week and distributes 25 Tour cards.

We’ll start with Sabbatini, who was helped by a recent decision by the Tour to update the all-time money list by removing golfers who have either resigned from the Tour or been suspended for playing in controversial events, supported by Saudi Arabia. LIV Golf Series. This season, Sabbatini played under an exemption as the all-time top 50 winner, then did not retain his card, but with the retirement of LIV golfers Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Charles Howell III, Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey, Sabbatini slips into the all-time top 25 – and unlocks another exemption.

On his Instagram Story, Sabbatini shared the news, from a Slovak news account.

The Quayle, Naegel, Lamb, Schmid cases centered on a single player – Watson – and included an online campaign. To begin with, every golfer had accumulated enough FedEx Cup points as non-members this season to enter the KFT Finals, then all fell below the threshold when Joohyung Kim won the Wyndham Championship last week. This is where Watson comes in.

He could help get the foursome back inside. And the work began. Last month, the two-time Masters champion pledged to play LIV Golf, and if he should be removed from the season standings by resigning from his Tour membership before playing in an event, Quayle, Naegel, Lamb and Schmid were good. So Ryan French, staff member of the Fire Pit Collective website and operator of the popular Monday Q Info Twitter site, tweeted a plea to Watson.

And Watson replied.

And Watson will be removed.

And Quayle, Naegel, Lamb and Schmid — and Blixt, who reached the regular season threshold after Watson’s move — all have a spot in the KFT Finals, which begin Thursday at the Boise Open.

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