Ponte Vedra Beach - The PGA Tour announced that Matthew Fitzpatrick of England has accepted special temporary membership for the remainder of the 2017/18 PGA Tour season.
previously was ranked highest among non-PGA Tour members in the Official World
Golf Ranking (No 39), brings the total number of active international Tour
members to 88 from 27 countries.
Forty-nine of the top 50 players in the world,
including all of the top 40, are now TOUR members.
In nine starts to date
during the 2017/18 season, Fitzpatrick's best result came at the World Golf
Championships-HSBC Champions (T9). He tied for 12th at the US Open
in his most recent appearance.
Following the US Open, Fitzpatrick surpassed
the 269 non-member FedExCup points required to become eligible for special temporary membership, equal to the number of points earned by the player at No
150 in the 2016-17 FedExCup standings.
Fitzpatrick, 23, becomes
the third player to join the Tour as a special temporary member during the
2017-18 season, joining Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Chile's Joaquin
Fitzpatrick has played in 38 PGA Tour events in his career and collected
As a special temporary member, Fitzpatrick is eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder
of the 2017/18 season as he attempts to earn his PGA Tour card 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