Four PGA TOUR Latinoamérica alumni earn 2024 PGA TOUR cards
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Photo: Alejandro Tosti, third on the Points List, and Rafael Campos, 30th, were the two Latin American players who got their 2024 PGA TOUR cards Sunday in Indiana. (Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
NEWBURGH, Indiana – The 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season concluded Sunday afternoon at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance, as 30 PGA TOUR cards were awarded in a ceremony on No. 18 green at Victoria National Golf Club. Four of those cards belonged to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica alumni Alejandro Tosti, Nicholas Lindheim, Tom Whitney, and Rafael Campos.
Tosti was the top performer amongst them, finishing third on the Points List after a strong season of 10 top-10s that included a victory at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. It took Tosti only 16 months to earn his card after moving up to the Korn Ferry Tour as No. 5 on the 2022 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Points List.
Entering the final week ranked 24th and 29th respectively, Tour alums Jorge Fernández Valdés and Shad fell outside the top 30 at the final event. Fernández Valdés finished 31st, while Tuten dropped to 32nd.
The 30 who are moving on to the PGA TOUR, will begin the 2024 season in January at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Listed in order of their finish on the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Points List, below is a look at each of the latest PGA TOUR Latinoamérica alumni headed to the PGA TOUR next year.
No. 3 – Alejandro Tosti, Argentina
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts: 41 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica wins: 2
A 27-year-old native of Rosario, Argentina who earned his first PGA TOUR card off the strength of a win at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna. As a Korn Ferry Tour rookie this season, amassed 10 top-10s, tied for the most on Tour. Won twice in four seasons on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, including an April 2022 victory which propelled him to a No. 5 finish on the 2021-22 Points List and Korn Ferry Tour membership. Played four seasons at the University of Florida (2014-18), winning four times individually, with the crown jewel being medalist honors at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship.
No. 17 – Nicholas Lindheim, United States
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts: 5 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica wins: 2
A 38-year-old PGA TOUR member and three-time Korn Ferry Tour winner who won The Ascendant presented by Blue for his first victory since 2017. Tallied five top-10s in just eight Korn Ferry Tour starts this season. Earned PGA TOUR membership for the 2022-23 season via the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Finals and made two starts on TOUR in October 2022, but sustained a back injury and would not return to action until March 2023. Recorded two wins in only five career starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, winning the 2014 Colombia Classic in Bogota, Colombia, and the 2015 Mundo Maya Open in Merida, Mexico.
No. 21 – Tom Whitney, United States
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts: 34 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica wins: 1
A 34-year-old United States Air Force veteran earning his first PGA TOUR card with six tops-10s this season, including a T2 at the Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club. Played golf for four seasons at the United States Air Force Academy (2006-10) and, after graduation in 2010, fulfilled a four-year term on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Served as a nuclear missile operator assigned to Francis E. Warren Air Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Initially turned professional in 2010 but did not play professional golf full-time until May 2014, when he won an eGolf Tour event in Palm Springs, California a week after leaving the Air Force. Spent two full seasons on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, with his best performance coming in 2019 when he won the Abierto del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina on his way to finishing second on the Points List to secure a Korn Ferry Tour card. Native of South Lake Tahoe, California who grew up primarily in La Quinta. Now plays out of Dallas, Texas.
No. 30 – Rafael Campos, Puerto Rico
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts: 56
A 35-year-old Olympian and native of Puerto Rico returning to the PGA TOUR for the first time since finishing No. 151 in the 2020-21 FedExCup standings. Previously graduated from the Korn Ferry Tour following the 2019 season. Logged three top-10s this season, including a runner-up finish at the inaugural Compliance Solutions Championship in Norman, Oklahoma. Spent four full seasons on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica (2012-15), recording 15 top-10 finishes in 56 starts. Finished the 2015 season ranked third on the Points List to move up to the Korn Ferry Tour.