Illini Golfers in the Pros

PGA Priority Ranking for the upcoming season: PGA Priority Ranking

Illini on the list:
Category 27 (KFT Graduates): Nick Hardy, Thomas Detry
Category 35 (Beyond 150 on FedEx Rankings): D.A. Points
Category 36 (Past Champions): Steve Stricker

An interesting note I picked up on Hardy: he enters the season in the "minor medical" category due to his wrist injury. If he can pick up 0.5 FedEx cup points (in other words, make a cut) in his next four starts, then he will move up to Category 22, which should lock him into all events except for majors and invitationals. I'm not sure if that's for the whole season or a certain time frame, but either way he should have the opportunity to make a strong move this year.

PGA Tour Medical Exemptions

I'm curious how Detry will balance the DP World and PGA Tour, but he looks like he's planning on being busy - his last three weekends were Indiana/England/California! As well as he's playing, I can see him being in the conversation a few times this year.

Pieters is not on the list (I don't think the DP World Tour automatic cards start until 2024), but he can probably get into any event he wants as long as he keeps his Top 50 world ranking. I'd expect him to play some big-money events leading up to the Masters (i.e. Genesis, Arnold Palmer, Match Play).

D.A. will probably play a few events, but he hasn't been too competitive lately. But he has a history of pulling out random wins when he appears to be in a slump, so who knows... Hopefully he's healthy, he's fun to watch.

Strick appears to be enjoying life on the Champions Tour, though he'll probably play a couple Tour events like Deere.
Thanks for the link to the priority rankings. The topic is confusing, so I am glad to be able to read up on it.


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Thanks for the link to the priority rankings. The topic is confusing, so I am glad to be able to read up on it.

Rob Bolton, the writer on the PGA Tour website, does a phenomenal job of explaining the nuances of the PGA Tour - qualifications for tournaments/majors, priority, medical waivers, etc. He puts out a bunch of material on Mondays, worth reading through if you have the time.

Good weekend for the Illini pros - Detry finished T12 in the first PGA Tour event, and Stricker won a playoff to take the Sanford Invitational! President's Cup this week, so I think everyone's off, but should be an interesting fall.

Interesting note on Hardy, who finished T67 - by making the cut, he picked up enough FedEx Cup points to fulfill his minor medical contract. This means he promotes to a higher priority ranking (right below the Top 125, but better than all Korn Ferry grads) and qualifies for The Players Championship in March. Congrats Nick!


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Thomas Detry is now leading at -9 at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson! Hardy is right there as well, three strokes back and tied for 4th. Let's go!