The 2016 Masters winner from England, Danny Willett, was one of six athletes to obtain full exempt status for the 2022–2023 PGA Tour season due to fresh defections to the LIV Golf Series.
The British Open champion and world number two Cameron Smith of Australia,
along with five other players, were given indefinite suspensions by the PGA on Friday after they teed off in their inaugural LIV Golf event at Boston.
Six spaces at the bottom of the top 125 on the eligibility list for the upcoming season—which starts in two weeks in Napa, California—were made available by those expulsions.
From 120 to 125, the following players advanced: Matt Wallace of England, Austin Smotherman, Justin Lower, Doc Redman, Willett, and Kelly Kraft of the United States.
The six players' new status guarantees that they will have spots in the PGA Tour Players Championship for the upcoming season for those who had previously narrowly missed out.