Sony Open in Hawaii marks first opportunity to earn FedExCup points towards Aon Swing 5
The eligibility path adds additional consequence to Full-Field Events during the 2024 PGA TOUR Season
The Sony Open in Hawaii marks the beginning of the second week of the FedExCup Regular Season. This tournament allows players to earn FedExCup points towards the Aon Swing 5, a new eligibility pathway with access to Signature Events.
With the PGA TOUR Season returning to a calendar year spanning January to August, each week has a greater impact in the season-long race for the FedExCup as well as in-season stakes, with Full-Field Events holding additional consequence through the Aon Next 10 and Aon Swing 5.
The Aon Next 10 and Aon Swing 5 are eligibility pathways for players not already qualified to play their way into Signature Events via the FedExCup standings.
The Aon Next 10 and Aon Swing 5 are new eligibility paths on the PGA TOUR that recognize better decision-making and the elite performance required to participate in PGA TOUR Signature Events. At the beginning of the season, the first 50 spots in each Signature Event field are set based on prior year FedExCup standings. To help complete the Signature Event fields, these new programs will give players the opportunity to go head-to-head against the PGA TOUR’s best.
- Aon Next 10: The top 10 players not already exempt, from the FedExCup standings.
- Aon Swing 5: Top five FedExCup points earners, not already exempt, from the swings of Full-Field Events leading up to each Signature Event
The top five players not otherwise exempt who earn the most FedExCup points during the Sony Open in Hawaii, The American Express, and The Farmers Insurance Open will qualify for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, while the top five players not otherwise exempt who earn the most FedExCup points during those three events and the WM Phoenix Open, will qualify for The Genesis Invitational. The Aon Next 10 for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The Genesis Invitational was determined through the FedExCup Fall standings.
Featuring a total of 36 events, the 2024 FedExCup Regular Season includes eight Signature Events, limited-field tournaments with increased purses ($20 million), and FedExCup points (700 points to the winner). Outside of The Sentry, the season-opening event won last week by Chris Kirk, eligibility criteria for the remaining seven Signature Events includes the top 50 players from the 2022-23 FedExCup Playoffs and Eligibility Points List and 15 players who can play their way in through the Aon Next 10 and Aon Swing 5, with no alternates for this category. Additional spots will go to current season tournament winners (excluding Additional Events) and PGA TOUR members inside the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, if not already exempt through a higher category, and four sponsor exemptions restricted to members. The three player-hosted invitationals will have one tournament host exemption.
A total of 61 players have already qualified for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The Genesis Invitational (field sizes expected to be between 70-80 players): the top 50 players in the 2022-23 FedExCup Playoffs and Eligibility Points List; Nos. 51-60 in the final FedExCup Fall and Eligibility Points List, who serve as the Aon Next 10; and the leading points earner from the 2023 Race to Dubai that was not otherwise exempt (Nicolai Hojgaard). Due to the pro-am format, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will fill the field to 80 players using the FedExCup Fall and Eligibility Points List, beginning with No. 61 Stephan Jaeger.
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