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What LIV golfers were deemed ineligible for the FedExCup playoff?

The FedExCup playoffs are coming and the PGA Tour has created a new ranking that excludes LIV Golf players.

Update:
Patrick Cantlay, the last FedExCup champion.
Kevin C. CoxAFP

As the feud between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf continues, the FedExCup had to create a system to differentiate the players who can take part in the playoffs and those whose departure to the Saudi-backed circuit has got them banned from these final tournaments.

The new ranking: a “soft” top-125

The FedExCup ranking used to have a hard top-125 where players that could not take part in the playoffs did not give their spot to the next ranked golfer, which has changed under the current circumstances. In an attempt not to harm any of the golfers who have not left for LIV Golf, the FedExCup organizers have decided to exclude these players from the ranking and make their positions available for other golfers. This means that the player previously ranked 125th, Webb Simpson, is now ranked 117th on this eligibility list.

The FedExCup will still maintain another ranking in which LIV Golf players remain with the purpose of distributing the bonuses they have all won through the season.

The new excluded golfers, also banned from Presidents Cup

Dustin Johnson, the best golfer in LIV Golf as of now, had already rescinded his membership from the PGA Tour and FedExCup rankings so he was not listed anymore. As of now, no LIV golfer remains on the list, as any top-125 ranked player has been dropped from it, which affects (FedExCup previous ranking in parenthesis):

Talor Gooch (20), Matt Jones (62), Hudson Swafford (63), Matthew Wolff (70), Abraham Ancer (80), Carlos Ortiz (100), Brooks Koepka (102) and Pat Perez (121).

Two other LIV stars, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, had not qualified for the top-125 in the FedExCup tournaments they had played this season, but they would have been banned as well. This list will grow larger as three other ranked golfers make their debuts in this week’s controversial LIV Golf tournament: Jason Kokrak (40), Charles Howell III (99) and Paul Casey (127).

All of the players whose eligibility is denied for the FedExCup playoffs will also be barred from playing in the upcoming Presidents Cup, both for the American and the International teams.

The FedExCup playoffs and ranking

With just two weeks remaining before the FedExCup goes into its three playoff tournaments in search of its newest champion, these are the events left on the schedule and the ranking as of today:

  • Rocket Mortgage Classic, MI, July 28-31 (regular season)
  • Wyndham Championship, NC, August 4-7 (regular season)
  • FedEx St. Jude Championship, TN, August 11-14 (playoffs)
  • BMW Championship, DE, August 18-21 (playoffs)
  • TOUR Championship, GA, August 25-28 (playoffs)
The FedExCup playoffs are coming and the PGA Tour has created a new ranking excluding LIV Golf players.
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The FedExCup playoffs are coming and the PGA Tour has created a new ranking excluding LIV Golf players.
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