The final swing season of the PGA Tour is complete following the 2022 RSM Classic. Along with the conclusion of the fall swing comes a number of players who thrived and a list of player who … well, didn’t. While there are still competitive reps in the upcoming weeks on the DP World Tour, at the Hero World Challenge, QBE Shootout, The Match VII and PNC Championship, a bow has been put on the PGA Tour slate for the 2022 calendar year before play resumes at the Tournament of Champions in January.
This fall swing was inherently different from those of the past as modifications to the PGA Tour’s upcoming schedule and playoff structure heightened the intensity. With only 70 players gaining entry into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and those falling outside the magic number eventually needing to vie for status, some saw this time of year as critical for their job security.
“It’s harder,” said Joel Dahmen of the new structure. “I mean, with the new system comes if you play really well, now you’re in that top tier, now you’re on the PGA Tour, not the PGB tour. The PGA Tour is really sweet right now and it’s the best time I think ever to be on Tour. Great play will get you to that next level and that’s a great spot to be.”
Dahmen was one of many to take advantage of his opportunities this fall. Playing in seven tournaments, the 35-year-old captured three top-10 finishes in addition to a couple top-20 results. For his efforts, Dahmen heads into 2023 ranked 15th in the FedEx Cup standings and in the driver’s seat to remain inside that coveted top-70 cutoff.
While Dahmen won’t be making the list of top winners from the fall, he is surely in the conversation and in a much better position than some of his peers who will be discussed in a different light. Not all were lucky enough to find their stride the past few months, and will have ample ground to make up come 2023.
Honorable Mention: Seamus Power, Alex Noren, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Taylor Montgomery
Honorable Mention: Daniel Berger, Sam Burns, Cameron Champ, Taylor Pendrith