PGA Tour creates playoff 'eligibility list' to remove suspended players – Golf Channel
With the FedExCup playoffs set to begin in two weeks, the PGA Tour has created a secondary points list for eligibility. This list will remove those who have been suspended indefinitely by the Tour – but have not resigned membership – for participating in LIV Golf events.
According to a memo sent to players from Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, the circuit moved to ensure “that suspended members do not negatively impact other players’ tournament eligibility, positioning on the priority rankings or eligibility to compete in the FedExCup playoffs.”
The policy board has approved the creation of an “eligibility points list,” which removes suspended players from the FedExCup list. The regular-season points list sets the criteria for the playoffs (the top 125 qualify for the first post-season event) as well as players’ status for next season.
“While the new list will not take the place of the official FedExCup points list, it will provide clarity for players and fans alike in regard to tournament eligibility, including the FedExCup playoffs and priority rankings for the 2022-2023 season,” the memo read.
Along with the memo, the Tour sent players the most recent eligibility points list that has removed the suspended players. The 125th-ranked player on the new list is Stephan Jaeger, who is ranked No. 133 on the regular-season FedExCup points list. Webb Simpson, No. 125 on the FedExCup list, is now 117th on the eligibility list.
Here’s a look at the players who have been removed from the eligibility list (FEC standing in parentheses):
- Talor Gooch (20)
- Matt Jones (62)
- Hudson Swafford (63)
- Matthew Wolff (70)
- Abraham Ancer (80)
- Carlos Ortiz (100)
- Brooks Koepka (102)
- Pat Perez (121)
The number will further change after this week when Jason Kokrak (currently 40th on eligibility list), Charles Howell III (99) and Paul Casey (127) make their LIV Golf debuts on Friday. The trio is expected to subsequently be suspended and removed from the eligibility list. That would move the target line to No. 136 in the original FedExCup standings.
“We have taken steps to ensure that at the conclusion of the FedExCup regular season and FedExCup playoffs, any suspended players will not negatively impact bonus money distributions to you,” the memo read. “You will be awarded bonus money based on your final position on the FedExCup playoffs and eligibility points list; suspended members will be awarded bonus money based on their final position on the official FedExCup points list.”
The memo also attempted to clarify the eligibility for this year’s Presidents Cup, explaining “only players who are eligible for tournament play may compete in the Presidents Cup, regardless of membership status.” This would exclude those who have been suspended for playing the Saudi-backed LIV league from playing this year’s event.
Bruins F Greer suspended one game for cross-checking Habs F Hoffman – TSN
Boston Bruins forward AJ Greer has been suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens winger Mike Hoffman on Thursday night.
Boston’s A.J. Greer has been suspended for one game for Cross-checking Montreal’s Mike Hoffman. https://t.co/SZkcAlo8qk
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 24, 2023
The incident occurred in the first period of Thursday’s 4-2 Bruins win over the Canadiens when the two players were battling prior to a faceoff, which resulted in Greer cross-checking Hoffman in the face.
Greer received a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct, while Hoffman briefly left the game with an injury but returned in the second period.
Greer, 26, has five goals and 11 points in 52 games this season.
Play-off field complete at LGT World Women's Championship – worldcurling.org
The play-off field is set at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2023, taking place from 18–26 March in the Göransson Arena.
Switzerland women completed their round-robin campaign unbeaten (12-0), secured first place in the rankings and a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Norway finished second in the rankings with an 8-4 win-loss record, and they also secured a direct place in the semi-finals.
Canada are ranked third (7-5) and will play sixth-ranked Japan (7-5) in one qualification game. Fourth-ranked Italy (7-5) and fifth-placed hosts Sweden (7-5) will play in the other qualification game.
Both qualification games will take place on Saturday 25 March at 10:00 and the winners of these games earn a place in the semi-finals.
Switzerland will play the winner of the Italy vs Sweden game in one semi-final, while Norway will meet the winner of the Canada vs Japan game in the other semi-final.
Both semi-finals will take place on Saturday at 16:00.
The winners of the semi-finals will play for gold medals and the world title on Sunday 26 March at 15:00. The losers of the semi-finals will play for bronze medals earlier that day, at 10:00.
All times are CET (Central European Time) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +1 hour, except for 26 March, when times are CEST (Central European Summer Time) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +2 hours.
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Canada narrowly qualifies for playoffs at women's curling worlds despite late loss – CBC.ca
Canada’s Kerri Einarson closed her round-robin schedule with an 11-5 loss to Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont on Friday but still managed to secure a playoff berth at the women’s world curling championship in Sandviken, Sweden.
Her Manitoba-based rink of Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris, which defeated Turkey’s Dilsat Yildiz 10-4 earlier in the day, finished in third place at 7-5 and will face sixth-place Japan (7-5) on Saturday in a qualification match at the Goransson Arena.
The top six teams advanced to the playoffs, with three-time defending champion Switzerland (12-0) and Norway (8-4) getting byes to the semifinals as the top two teams.
Canada fell to Japan 6-5 in round-robin play on Thursday.
Sweden (7-5) and Italy (7-5) meet in the other qualification game.
After conceding to Denmark after eight ends, Canada locked up a spot in a qualification game a short time later when American Tabitha Peterson dropped a 10-6 decision to South Korea’s Seungyoun Ha.
“We were going to have some anxious moments here waiting, but we knew there were a lot of scenarios here where we still make it through,” Birchard said.
The Americans missed the cut at 6-6.
Qualification games and semifinals were scheduled for Saturday and medal games were on tap Sunday.
Einarson won bronze at last year’s world playdowns in Prince George, B.C. Canada hasn’t won gold at this competition since 2018 when Jennifer Jones was victorious in North Bay, Ont.
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