05 August 2018
First Thai Gets PGA Tour Membership
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat has accepted Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the 2017-18 PGA Tour Season. Along with Joaquin Niemann of Chile, the 28-year-old surpassed the required total of 269 non-member FedExCup points following his T30 finish at THE PLAYERS Championship.
In eight PGA Tour starts in the 2017-18 season, Kiradech has had two top-five finishes and two T5s at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Most recently, he finished T13 in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, bringing his total to 340. Kiradech came into the 2017-18 PGA Tour season ranked 147th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Following his T13 at the Memorial, he climbed to No. 31.
As Special Temporary Members, Kiradech and Niemann are now eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the 2017-18 season as they attempt to earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season through the Non-member FedExCup Points List.
Special Temporary Members are not eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs, but Special Temporary Members or non-members who subsequently become regular PGA Tour members by winning an official event during the season will be counted on the FedExCup points list, along with any FedExCup points earned as a non-member (excluding those won at World Golf Championships events as a non-member) and thus be eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs.
To earn their cards for 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, both players will need to match or surpass the points earned by the 125th ranked player at the end of the current season.