PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR announced Tuesday that Peter Hanson has accepted special temporary membership for the remainder of the 2012 season.
In three starts, Hanson has earned $644,765 thanks to top-five finishes at the first two World Golf Championships of the year (T5 at the Accenture Match Play Championship and T4 at the Cadillac Championship). The $644,765 total surpasses the $411,943 (No. 150 on 2011 money list) needed for special temporary membership.
Hanson, 34, is eligible to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the season.
Non-members are allowed a maximum of seven sponsor exemptions and can play a maximum of 12 TOUR events. Special temporary members are not eligible to receive FedExCup points.
Hanson has the opportunity to join the TOUR as a regular member for the 2013 season should his World Golf Championships money and official prize money equal or exceed 125th place on the 2012 money list.
Hanson is playing this week’s Shell Houston Open as one of the event’s four sponsor exemptions designated for nonmember professionals who are qualified for the Masters and are ranked among the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking (Hanson is No. 25).