With the PGA Tour now in the middle of its short “offseason,” golf fans turned their attention to the Korn Ferry Tour. In the final event, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Evansville, Ind., Tom Lewis won at 23-under. But more importantly, he and many others earned PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.
A total of fifty players earned their cards as a result of their play on the Korn Ferry Tour. The first 25 were earned at the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open last month, while the second group of 25 just earned theirs following the three-event Finals.
Even though Lewis won the final event, Scottie Scheffler finished atop both the season-long standings and the final points standings. He is the first player to win both since Chesson Hadley accomplished the same thing in 2017. Scheffler was rock-solid all season long with 10 top-10 finishes, including victories at the Evans Scholars Invitational and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
As a result of finishing atop the points list, Scheffler earns fully-exempt status throughout the upcoming 2019-20 PGA Tour season. That includes a guaranteed spot in The Players Championship in March, one of the PGA Tour’s premier events.
As mentioned earlier, 25 players earned cards after Monday. Some of those golfers include Matthew NeSmith, Lewis (the Tour Championship winner), Fabián Gómez, Viktor Hovland, and Beau Hossler.
There are other recognizable names who have competed in previous PGA Tour events who have now earned their full-time cards. Guys like Grayson Murray, Tyler Duncan, Bronson Burgoon, Tom Hoge, and Cameron Davis will be appearing on Tour more frequently.
Of course, there were players who barely made it thanks to some dramatics in the Tour Championship. Chris Baker, who missed out on a PGA Tour card by one stroke in the regular season, hit a clutch six-foot putt on the final hole on Monday to earn a card.
Doug Ghim, a former Masters low amateur, chipped in a shot from the bunker on Hole 18 to clinch his own spot on the PGA Tour.
Those players joined the group of 25 from the regular-season points list. The list starts with Scheffler, followed by Xinjun Zhang, Robby Shelton, Harry Higgs, and Lanto Griffin rounding out the top five. Other notable names include Mark Hubbard, Zac Blair, Chase Seiffert, and Scott Harrington.
From this point, the top-50 players will be ranked in alternating fashion from each points list. This will be done to determine priority entry into PGA Tour events for the upcoming season. That means Scheffler and Zhang will occupy the top two spots, followed by NeSmith, Shelton, and Lewis.
Didn’t Make The Cut
As for the players who did not earn their PGA Tour cards, they will retain their Korn Ferry cards if they finished in the top 75 during the regular season. If they finished anywhere between 126th and 150th in the PGA Tour’s regular-season standings, they will still be able to get limited starts on the Tour.
For all the players who secured their Tour cards, the wait will not be long whatsoever. The first event of the season tees off next weekend, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WVa. The tournament will start on Sept. 12 and go until the Sept. 15 and will feature many names from the Korn Ferry Tour ready to make their mark.