Fitzpatrick earns Special Temporary Membership status
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Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick has accepted Special Temporary Membership for the rest of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season, the entity announced Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Fitzpatrick scored a runner-up finish at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational to earn enough non-member FedExCup points to earn Special Temporary Membership. It is the second straight season in which he has done so.
Fitzpatrick is the first player to reach Special Temporary Membership status this season. Last season he was one of three, along with Chile's Joaquin Niemann and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Fitzpatrick is ranked No. 33 in the World Golf rankings and he is the highest-ranked player who doesn't have full-time PGA Tour membership. Fitzpatrick has four Top-10 finishes in 46 career PGA starts.
With Special Temporary Member status, Fitzpatrick is eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Special Temporary Members are not eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs. However, 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, and will thus be eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs.