KORN FERRY TOUR FINALS
How it works: Korn Ferry Tour Finals
Qualifying structure for awarding 50 PGA TOUR cards
July 09, 2019
By Staff , PGATOUR.COM
- July 09, 2019
- Chesson Hadley earned fully exempt 2017-18 PGA TOUR status via his virtuoso 2017 Korn Ferry Tour season. (Getty Images)
Beginning in 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR by awarding all 50 cards for the following PGA TOUR season.
The basic structure remains intact to this day, with the top 25 Points winners from the Regular Season (The 25) being guaranteed PGA TOUR cards for the following PGA TOUR season, and 25 additional cards (The Finals 25) being available through the three-tournament Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
The field makeup for the Finals is broken down as follows: the top 75 Points leaders from the Korn Ferry Tour at the end of the Regular Season, PGA TOUR members who are 126-200 on the FedExCup points list following the Wyndham Championship, and non-members who would have earned enough FedExCup points to place them 126-200 on the official FedExCup points list.
A few notes regarding the structure of the Finals:
1. While the top 25 players from the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season (The 25) will earn their PGA TOUR cards, their order of priority won’t be determined until the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. They will now carry their Points into the Finals, and priority will be established on the combination of Regular Season and Finals Points.
2. Of those players from the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season top-25 list, the No. 1 player at the conclusion of the Finals based on combined Regular Season and Finals Points will receive fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR. So any top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the three Finals events. In addition to his PGA TOUR exemption, the No. 1 player receives an exemption into THE PLAYERS Championship for the upcoming season.
A separate Points list for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals will determine the final 25 PGA TOUR cards (The Finals 25). The player who earns the most Points during the three Finals events (excluding the first 25 from the Regular Season) will earn fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR plus an invitation to THE PLAYERS.
Also note, any player in The 25 who earns enough Points solely as a result of his play in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals events such that he would have been No. 1 on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals Points List shall be placed in the No. 1 position on that list and shall be entitled to the benefits of that position. In such case, such player's other position on The 25 shall be skipped and the ordering of players shall continue as identified above. In such case, the leading 25 players from The Finals 25 will still earn their PGA TOUR card.
Note: In this case, if the same player wins The 25 and The Finals 25 (such as Chesson Hadley in 2017), his will be the only available fully-exempt position on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR, and the next-highest finisher on The Finals 25 will not be fully exempt.
3. The ordering of all 50 players after the Korn Ferry Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, with the top position going to the leading Points winner from The 25, and the second position going to the leading Points winner from The Finals 25. The sequence then alternates between The 25 (Nos. 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and The Finals 25 (Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.