Geoff Ogilvy and Carl Pettersson will use a special one-time exemption available to players in the top 50 of the PGA Tour’s all-time money list to maintain their PGA Tour status for 2016-17.
Ogilvy, who last won on the PGA Tour at the 2014 Barracuda Championship, and Pettersson both failed to finish in the top 125 of FedEx Cup points at the end of the 2015-16 regular season, losing their fully exempt status.
With eight career wins, including the 2006 U.S. Open and three World Golf Championships, Ogilvy has enough in total earnings to sit inside the top 50 — at No. 28, in fact — on the all-time money table. Pettersson is 47th on that ranking.
Any player currently in the top 50 on that list is able to use that status before the next season for a one-time, season-long exemption.
Ogilvy and Pettersson still have the option of regaining PGA Tour status through the Web.com Tour Finals, the ongoing four-event series which determines the fate of 25 PGA Tour cards for players on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour. However, neither played in the first event and neither will not compete in the second, leaving them each just two tournaments to earn enough money to crack the top 25 in earnings for the series.
If Ogilvy regains form and plays well this season and beyond on the PGA Tour, the 39-year-old could propel himself into the top 25 on the all-time money list, triggering another one-time exemption.