PGA Tour Players Augmenting Chances to Qualify for Inaugural Two Major Events in 2024

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Only three events remain in the FedEx Cup Fall, and there’s plenty of incentive for those who finish 51-60 in the FexEx Cup Standings.

While everyone who finished the 2022-23 regular season in the top 70 qualified for the playoffs, only those who made the BMW Championship, the top 50, earned spots in every signature event for the 2024 season. Those finishing 51-70 were guaranteed spots in all full-field events, but it’s going to be harder to earn spots in signature events next year.

However, players who finish 51-60 after the FedEx Cup Fall earn spots in the first two signature events of the 2024 season: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational.

Here’s a look at which players are on the verge of punching their ticket into the first pair of 2024 signature events.

51. Beau Hossler

2023 Zozo Championship

Beau Hossler hits his tee shot on the 5th hole during the final round of the 2023 Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Barring something crazy, Hossler seems well on his way to earning his invite to Pebble Beach and Riviera. He has five top-10 finishes this season, including a T-2 at the Zozo Championship last week.

52. Taylor Montgomery

2023 ZOZO Championship

Taylor Montgomery of the United States acknowledges the gallery after holing out on the 18th green during the first round of ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 19, 2023 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The rookie struggled in the summer after a stellar start to his Tour career, but a T-16 finish at the Zozo has put Montgomery in a position to essentially clinch his spot in the first two signature event fields next year.

53. Nick Hardy

2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Davis Riley and Nick Hardy celebrate winning the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. (Photo: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports)

Hardy won the Zurich Classic back in April with teammate Davis Riley for his first Tour victory. He has also played in each of the first four fall events to solidify his position in the standings.

54. Ben Griffin

2023 Sanderson Farms Championship

Ben Griffin of the United States tosses a ball to his caddie on the third green during the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on October 07, 2023 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Raj Mehta/Getty Images)

Griffin came oh-so-close to earning his first Tour victory earlier this month at the Sanderson Farms Championship, falling in a five-way playoff. Regardless, he’s again in a good spot to earn spots at Pebble Beach and Riviera.

55. Alex Smalley

2023 John Deere Classic

Alex Smalley hits a shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

A T-16 at the Sanderson Farms gave Smalley a good boost in FedEx Cup points, and he’s also in a strong position with three events to go. He has four top 10s this season and a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic.

56. J.J. Spaun

2023 3M Open

J.J. Spaun of the United States walks along the 10th hole prior to the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities on July 26, 2023 in Blaine, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

Since the start of the FedEx Cup Fall, Spaun is the only player to move into the 51-60 cutoff for signature events, pushing out Sam Ryder. A T-6 at the Zozo Championship is a big reason for his jump.

57. Mackenzie Hughes

Mackenzie Hughes of Canada reacts after his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on October 05, 2023 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Mackenzie Hughes of Canada reacts after his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on October 05, 2023 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The winner of the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship has had a quiet season since his second Tour victory, but nevertheless he has a 52-point buffer between he and the 61st position in the standings.

58. Stephan Jaeger

2023 Travelers Championship

Stephan Jaeger plays his shot in the rain from the first tee during the third round of the 2023 Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Jaeger has been consistent this season, making all but three cuts in his 31 starts. However, only 28 points separate him from Mark Hubbard, who sits 61st in the standings, with three events left. He’ll need to continue his strong play in whatever events he decides to play.

59. Luke List

2023 Sanderson Farms Championship

Luke List of the United States celebrates after after a putt on the first playoff hole of the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on October 08, 2023 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

List sat at 119th in the FexEx Cup Standings entering the fall. He made a huge jump after his playoff victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship, however, his spot in the signature events is not guaranteed. He’s only 11 points in front of 61st, so List likely needs to do more to guarantee his spot at Pebble Beach and Riviera.

60. Thomas Detry

2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship

As of now, Detry is in the 60th spot, however, he and Hubbard in 61st are separated by only one point. Detry has played in only one fall event, a T-51 finish at the Zozo. It’s safe to say he’ll need more points to assure his spot in the signature events.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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