The Five: Who has the most at stake in the FedExCup Fall?

The Five: Players with the Most at Stake in the FedExCup Fall

As the re-imagined FedExCup Fall begins at the Fortinet Championship, golfers have various goals for this part of the season. Some aim to secure their PGA TOUR card for 2024 by finishing in the top 125, while others prepare for the upcoming Ryder Cup. Some aspire to earn spots in two Signature Events at historic California venues, such as The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Players are also motivated by the opportunity to win trophies, gain world-ranking points, and more.

This edition of The Five explores the golfers with the most at stake in the FedExCup Fall:

  1. Justin Thomas:

    • Justin Thomas missed the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time in his career, finishing 71st in the standings.
    • His goal for the fall is to leave in a better position than he entered, aiming to finish between Nos. 51-60 after The RSM Classic.
    • A finish in this range would secure him spots in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, The Genesis Invitational, and The Sentry.
    • Thomas seeks to regain the form that led him to win two majors, THE PLAYERS, and a FedExCup, ultimately preparing for the 2024 season.
  2. Taylor Montgomery:

    • Montgomery's rookie season began promisingly, with eight top-15 finishes in his first nine starts.
    • However, he struggled during the summer, missing eight cuts in the Regular Season.
    • Currently ranked 53rd in the FedExCup, Montgomery aims to correct his swing issues and regain his early-season form.
    • A strong performance in Napa and the fall schedule could put him back on track for Rookie of the Year and 2024 Signature Event appearances.
  3. Stephen Jaeger:

    • Jaeger seeks to capitalize on his stable season, having missed just three cuts in 29 starts.
    • Ranked 54th in the FedExCup, his card for next year is secure.
    • By maintaining his position, he can earn spots in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The Genesis Invitational, offering scheduling flexibility and increased FedExCup points.
  4. Ludvig Aberg:

    • Aberg's card for 2024 is secure due to his performance in the PGA TOUR U Rankings.
    • He gained significant experience by securing a captain's pick for the European Ryder Cup team.
    • A strong showing in fall events could solidify his status as a rising star on TOUR and potentially lead to more opportunities.
  5. Nicolai Hojgaard:

    • Hojgaard is competing for a TOUR card through Special Temporary Membership.
    • His 438 non-member FedExCup points rank him No. 101 in the current standings.
    • A strong finish in the FedExCup Fall could secure his card for 2024.
    • He also has a chance to earn full status on the PGA TOUR through the DP World Tour, offering greater stability and opportunities for the coming season.
    • Hojgaard is set to make his Ryder Cup debut, further enhancing his career prospects.

These players enter the FedExCup Fall with a mix of goals and motivations, setting the stage for an exciting and potentially career-defining stretch in their golf journeys