With the 4th round of the BMW Championship facing delay, players will have to wait to finish round 4 and earn their spot to play in the Tour Championship. That’s if weather doesn’t cut the event off at 54 holes.
One player that’s right on the edge of qualifying for the final playoff event is Jordan Spieth. And as it turns out, he may have a bigger problem on his hands if he doesn’t qualify for the final event of the season.
This is just ONE example of why the PGA Tour has to give players every opportunity to play 72 holes, even if that means playing Wednesday. @BobHarig writes; Jordan Spieth must qualify for Tour Championship to avoid PGA sanctions – via @ESPN App https://t.co/kZriPIr5w7
— Michael Collins (@ESPNCaddie) September 9, 2018
If a player without lifetime or veteran status doesn't play in 25 or more tournaments in the immediately prior or current season AND doesn't add an event they haven't played in the prior four seasons, then that player is subject to a three-tournament suspension and a major fine
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) September 9, 2018
Jordan Spieth faces a fine and possible suspension, according to ESPN.com’s Bob Harig, should this week’s FedEx Cup Playoff event get shortened to 54 holes. Spieth has only played 23 events this season — the Ryder Cup will be his 24th — but currently projected at 31st in the FedEx Cup standings mean that should he not get the opportunity to play in the final round, he will fall short of the mandated 25-event schedule.
The PGA Tour is in its second year of requiring members to play in at least 25 events if they fail to add an event to their schedule that they have not played in the previous four years. Spieth did not add a new event, so the 25-event minimum is a requirement he is must meet. Keep in mind, this is for players that don’t have a lifetime exemption, I’m already being asked why this doesn’t apply to someone like Tiger.
Pretty bizarre situation all around. Bold move on Spieth banking on qualifying for the Tour Championship, or he simply didn’t know, either way, it wasn’t very smart of him and the people surrounding him.