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After Tiger declines invite, Hoffman earns Genesis spot via Swing 5

In Sports
February 12, 2024

Charley Hoffman didn’t win the WM Phoenix Open, falling in a two-hole playoff to Nick Taylor. But there was some consolation: a spot in the next signature event.

Hoffman’s runner-up showing at TPC Scottsdale was enough to earn him a spot in the updated Aon Swing 5, which comes with an exemption into next week’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.

Hoffman hadn’t posted a top-10 finish on Tour since the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic. He is playing this season using a top-50-career-money exemption with a T-42 at Sony his best finish in three starts prior to this week.

He said Sunday that he asked Genesis host Tiger Woods for a sponsor exemption, but he didn’t receive good news.

“He said they’re all taken,” Hoffman recalled, “so I said, ‘I’ll play my way in,’ so I guess I did.”

Here are the five players who earned the most combined FedExCup points from the Sony Open, American Express, Farmers Insurance Open and WM Phoenix Open:

1. Matthieu Pavon
2. Grayson Murray
3. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
4. Charley Hoffman
5. Kevin Yu

The PGA Tour lists the tournament winners category as a lower priority than the Swing 5, which is why Pavon and Murray qualify via this category. Following the Genesis, the Aon Next 10 comes back into play. For the first two signature events, the Tour used the FedExCup Fall standings to determine the Next 10.

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