Tommy Fleetwood’s status for the remainder of the season, including the FedExCup qualifiers, is in question after the Englishman took to Twitter on Saturday to announce he was taking time off from competitive golf to spend time with his family.
Fleetwood hasn’t played since finishing fourth at The Open Championship and since his mother died the week after St. Andrews. Instead, he has spent the last two weeks at his home in Southport, England.
“Bravo and good luck to everyone who made the FedEx[Cup] Playoffs,” Fleetwood wrote in a tweet. “Making time to be home with my family, but looking forward to returning to @PGATOUR @DPWorldTour soon.”
Although Fleetwood hasn’t specifically said he’s skipping all of the playoffs — he’s currently 46th, which is good enough to qualify for the first two events, the FedEx St. Jude Invitational and the BMW Championship of the Week. next — if he does indeed miss the entire playoffs, he’s at least locked in his PGA Tour card for next season.
Fleetwood has had a resurgent year, moving up to the current No. 26 in the world rankings after finishing last year at No. 40. He has posted three top-15 finishes in the majors this year, sharing 14th at the Masters and tied fifth in the PGA Championship, and also sits second in European Ryder Cup points behind only Jon Rahm.
If Fleetwood doesn’t make the playoff opener in Memphis, his spot in the 125-man pool won’t be filled.