The last swing season of the PGA Tour has ended since the 2022 RSM Classic. Along with the conclusion of the autumn swing comes a number of players who have flourished and a list of players who have… well, not. While there will still be competitive entries in the coming weeks of the DP World Tour, the Hero World Challenge, QBE Shootout, The Match VII, and PNC Championship tournaments will be on the PGA Tour roster for calendar year 2022 before play resumes at the Tournament of Champions in January.
This fall swing was inherently different from past swings as changes to the upcoming PGA Tour schedule and playoff structure increased the intensity. With only 70 players getting access to the FedEx Cup playoffs, and those who don’t make it to the magic number eventually have to compete for status, some see this time of year as a critical time for their jobs.
“It’s more complicated,” Joel Damen said of the new structure. “I mean, with the new system, if you’re playing really well, now you’re at the top level, now you’re on the PGA tour, not the PGB tour. The PGA Tour is really good right now and it’s the best I think I’ll ever be on the tour. A great game will take you to the next level and this is a great place to do it.”
Damen was one of many who took advantage of their opportunities this fall. Playing in seven tournaments, the 35-year-old has placed in the top 10 three times and also made the top 20 a couple of times. For his efforts, Damen is heading into 2023, finishing 15th in the FedEx Cup standings and taking the driver’s seat to stay on the coveted top 70 list.
Although Damen won’t make the list of the fall’s top winners, he is certainly in the discussion and in a much better position than some of his peers who will be discussed in a different light. Not everyone has been lucky enough to find their way in the past few months, and there will be plenty of time for them to catch up in 2023.
Honorable mention: Seamus Power, Alex Noren, Tommy Fleetwood, Ricky Fowler, Taylor Montgomery
Honorable mention: Daniel Berger, Sam Burns, Cameron Champ, Taylor Pendrith