PGA Tour remove LIV players from FedEx Cup standings but guarantee season bonuses

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Jay Monahan (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR)

The PGA Tour have sent a memo to PGA Tour players outlining that the LIV Tour players have been removed from the 2021/22 FedEx Cup standings but also stating there would an alternate points list for those suspended players.

In the memo, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said the change was being made so that those who have been suspended, “do not negatively impact other players’ tournament eligibility, positioning on the priority rankings or eligibility to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs.’’

The news will no doubt have been well received by former US Open winner and North Carolina native, Webb Simpson who was lying 126th on the FedEx Cup standings and staring at losing his Tour card if he missed the Wyndham halfway cut.

On the revised FedEx Cup standings Simpson is now up to 117th.

All up, it’s meant 10 players within the top 125 have been removed from the eligibility list due to their LIV participation: Dustin Johnson, who had earlier resigned Tour membership, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Hudson Swafford, Jason Kokrak, Matt Wolff, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez.

Also missing from the 2021/22 standing are Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey and Bryson DeChambeau, who are outside of the top 125.

As mentioned, Monahan’s memo stated those removed from the list will still be eligible for their FedEx Cup bonus based on the final official standings which is likely a legal move to avoid litigation.

“We have taken steps to ensure that at the conclusion of the FedEx Cup regular season and FedEx Cup playoffs, any suspended players will not negatively impact bonus money distributions to you,” said Monahan in the memo.

“You will be awarded bonus money based on your final position on the FedEx Cup playoffs and eligibility points list; suspended members will be awarded bonus money based on their final position on the official FedEx Cup points list.”

The 2021/22 FedEx Cup champion will earn $18 million at the conclusion of the Tour Championship, with the 30th-place finisher receiving $500,000. The bonuses go all the way through the top 150 with those finishing 101 to 125 getting $120,000 and those from 126 to 150 receiving $85,000.

Players also in the top 30 receive a portion of the earnings in cash, with the rest deferred; while those from No. 31-150 receive all of the payment in deferred compensation.

 Key FedEx Cup standings before removal of LIV Players & now updated 2021/22 FedEx Cup standings

Seamus Power 25th now 24th

Shane Lowry 28th now 27th

Jason Day 115th now 106th 

Patton Kizzire 124th now 115th

Webb Simpson 126th now 117th

Austin Smotherman 135th now 125th

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