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Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School

History of

Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School

Q-School began in 1965, with twice-yearly events providing access to PGA TOUR Monday qualifiers. Players who met handicap requirements and paid the entry fees were eligible to compete. With the introduction of the All-Exempt Tour in 1983, players were able to earn direct access into TOUR events via Q-School – adjusted to be contested once per year. With the introduction of the Korn Ferry Tour (originally Ben Hogan Tour) in 1990, Q-School provided access to the Korn Ferry Tour for a certain number of finishers who missed the PGA TOUR cutoff mark. Over the years, Q-School grew to the point where it is now separated into four stages – Pre-Qualifying, First, Second and Final Stages.
Tony Finau

Tony Finau

The Utah native advanced through 2013 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T3 at Final Stage to earn guaranteed starts. He earned his first PGA TOUR card via The 25 in 2014, including a victory at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He has carved out a successful TOUR career, including a victory at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, and has retained his TOUR card ever since.
Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

The Kentucky native advanced through 2013 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T32 at Final Stage to earn guaranteed starts. He took advantage with a strong 2014 Korn Ferry Tour campaign, earning his card through The 25 and then winning a Finals event, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The Alabama alum has proceeded to a strong TOUR career including 13 TOUR wins through 2020. He has retained his TOUR card ever since.
Harold Varner III

Harold Varner III

The North Carolina native advanced through 2013 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T32 at Final Stage to earn guaranteed starts. He played two seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour, earning his first TOUR card via The 25 in 2015, where he dramatically secured the 25th and final card at the Regular Season-ending WinCo Foods Portland Open. He has retained his TOUR card ever since.
Patton Kizzire

Patton Kizzire

The Alabama native advanced through 2014 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T21 at Final Stage to earn guaranteed starts. He earned his first PGA TOUR card via The 25 in 2015, producing an impressive campaign that included victories at the REX Hospital Open and Utah Championship, and resulted in Player of the Year honors. He has proceeded to a successful TOUR career that has included victories at the 2017 Mayakoba Golf Classic and 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii. He has kept his TOUR card ever since.
Sam Burns

Sam Burns

The Louisiana native advanced through 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T10 at Final Stage to secure guaranteed starts. He earned his first PGA TOUR card via The 25 in 2018, including a victory at the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club, where he closed with three consecutive birdies to defeat Roberto Castro by a stroke. In 2021, Sam secured his first PGA TOUR win at the Valspar Championship in Tampa, Florida.
Cameron Champ

Cameron Champ

The California native advanced through 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T16 at Final Stage to earn guaranteed starts. He earned his first PGA TOUR card via The 25 in 2018, including a victory at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. The Texas A&M alum has proceeded to a strong TOUR career including victories at the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship and 2019 Safeway Open. He has retained his TOUR card ever since.
Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler

The Texan via New Jersey advanced through 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing T34 at Final Stage – including dramatic up-and-downs on the 71st and 72nd holes – to narrowly secure guaranteed starts. He took advantage with a sparkling 2019 Korn Ferry Tour campaign, including victories at the Evans Scholars Invitational and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, comfortably finishing inside The 25 and earning Player of the Year honors. He has maintained his TOUR card ever since.
Sungjae Im

Sungjae Im

The South Korea native advanced through 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, finishing solo second at Final Stage – including a third-round 60 – to secure guaranteed starts. He earned his first PGA TOUR card via The 25 in 2018, producing a scintillating campaign that included victories at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay and WinCo Foods Portland Open, en route to Player of the Year honors. He earned his first TOUR title at The Honda Classic in 2020. He has retained his TOUR card ever since.