Five names that could lock down the PGA Tour cards this week at Korn Ferry Tour Champ.
On the Korn Ferry Tour, there is only one chance left for players to lock in a PGA Tour card for next season.
This week at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, there will be 17 in play.
Earlier this year, 25 players, including Carl Yuan, Davis Thompson and Kevin Yu, earned full Tour status for 2022-23 via regular season qualifying. Last week at the National Children’s Hospital Championship, the second of three KFT finals, winner David Lingmerth with Joseph Bramlett, Michael Gligic, Austin Cook, Dean Burmester and Henrik Norlander got tour cards, joining Will Gordon and Phil Knowles who clinched their place in Final 25 in the first event of the playoffs.
Here are five notables who could play their way onto the circuit next season in the KFT Championship and complete the 2022 KFT graduates.
The 33-year-old ended his rookie year on the Tour in excruciating fashion.
At the Wyndham Championship, the Tour’s regular season finale, Lower put three bogey putts on his 72nd hole and fell into the top 125 – not only missing the playoffs, but also a Tour card for next season. .
“There are some positives,” he said tearfully afterwards, “but right now it just sucks.”
Consolation, however, is on the horizon. The Ohio native placed T-9 last week in his home state and is currently first in line to get a card this week, sitting ninth on the points list. Additionally, Lower was only three spots away from landing a card for next season via the FedExCup, and with seven names expected to fall short for LIV Golf this week, Lower would then increase the points list enough to claim another year. on the Tower.
The 29-year-old Belgian and Illinois product, who has played primarily on the DP World Tour, has earned enough non-member points this season to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
In five Tour starts last year, he had a top 10 finish with four top 25 finishes. Round.
Once a hot prospect, winning the 2018 Nicklaus and Haskins Awards at Oregon as college golf’s top player, the 23-year-old’s professional career hasn’t gone to plan.
He has missed eight cups in 10 Tour starts since 2018. In 2019 on the KFT, he only made five cups with a top 25 finish in 25 starts.
Then last June, with just one KFT start to his name in 2022 (MC), he qualified for the Wichita Open on Monday and won the event, posting the second-lowest score over 72 holes (26 -less than 254) in KFT’s history.
“I really don’t know how I feel just because I didn’t really expect to be here,” Xiong said after his win.
With a solid week in the KFT Championship, he can stay in the top 25 and end up with a 2022-23 Tour card, where he would play regularly alongside his 2017 Walker Cup teammates – Scottie Scheffler, Will Zalatoris, Collin Morikawa , Doug Ghim, Maverick McNealy and Cameron Champ.
After clinching Tour status via the 2021 regular season KFT points list, the 26-year-old ran into a roadblock during his rookie season.
Without a top 25 in his first 12 starts last season, Hardy finally got one at the Zurich Classic in April (T-21). However, it was there that he also suffered an ECU tendon subluxation and a torn undersheath, which sidelined him for almost two months.
After his return, he lost in the playoffs to Harry Hall at the KFT NV5 Invitational before posting a T-14 at the US Open and a T-8 at the Travelers Championship. But it would not be enough to keep his Tour card.
With two strong outings to the KFT Finals (T-15, T-28), one more would bring him back to the Tour next season as he sits 13th on the points list.
At the Travelers Championship, the 2022 Haskins and Nicklaus Award recipient told GolfChannel.com, “good golf takes care of everything.”
Despite turning pro this summer and earning Canada status through PGA Tour University, the 22-year-old New Jersian has enjoyed numerous sponsor exemptions on the tour and made six cuts in eight starts, highlighted by a T-4 at the John Deere Classic. .
That success earned him a spot in the KFT Finals, and one more week of good golf can earn him two top-25 and Tour spots.