On Friday the PGA Tour announced that Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain have accepted Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the 2013 season, making them
eligible for unlimited sponsor’s exemptions.
Fernández-Castaño finished T3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard on March 24 to rake in $297,600 for a total of $502,100, surpassing the total earnings of the player who finished No. 150 on the 2012 money list ($474,295). With two subsequent starts, the Spaniard has made $592,020 so far in 2013.
23-year-old Olesen placed T6 at the Masters last week,making $278,000 for a total of $632,000 in five starts to qualify for Special Temporary Membership. Olesen is playing next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans via his top-10 finish at the Masters.
As I mentioned above, Fernández-Castaño and Olesen are eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions for the
remainder of the 2013 PGA Tour season as they attempt to earn their 2013-14 Tour cards through the Non-member Money List or Non-member FedExCup Points List.
To become PGA Tour members, they must earn equivalent to No. 125 on last year’s money list ($647,510), which seems inevitable at this point early in the season.
Jordan Spieth joined the Tour as a Special Temporary Member after his T7 finish at the Tampa Bay Championship. Subsequently, Spieth finished T50 at the Shell Houston Open and he’s comfortably within the cut line at this week’s RBC Heritage.