Here are the golfers who won the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2022 Player and Rookie of the Year awards

Justin Suh secured Player of the Year over Carl Yuan and Taylor Montgomery.

The future of the PGA Tour is bright.

Look no further than Justin Suh, who Wednesday was tabbed the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year. Suh won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship for his first professional victory, and he also had 10 top-10 finishes in 24 starts last season.

In a vote by fellow Korn Ferry players, Suh secured the Player of the Year distinction over Carl Yuan and Taylor Montgomery, who were fellow finalists. Suh finished No. 1 on both the Korn Ferry’s season-long and Finals Eligibility Points Lists, joining Scottie Scheffler (2019) and Chesson Hadley (2017) as the only players in history to win both points lists.

He finished inside the top 20 in 16 of his final 20 starts.

By sweeping the No. 1 spots on both Eligibility Points Lists, Suh has fully exempt status for the 2022-23 Tour season, an exemption for the 2023 Players Championship and, for the first time in history, an exemption for the 2023 U.S. Open.

S.H. Kim was named Rookie of the Year, and he had a strong season, finishing in the top three thrice in his first seven starts. In 22 starts, he recorded nine top 25s.

Kim earned membership by playing his way through the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament, ultimately finishing T-39 during final stage qualifying to earn guaranteed starts.

On the PGA Tour this season, Suh’s best finish is T-29 at the CJ Cup in South Carolina, and Kim tallied a fourth-place finish at the Shriners Children’s Open.

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Willie Mack III shoots 66 at Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School, one step closer to PGA Tour

“My dream is to win three times and go right to the PGA Tour.”

Willie Mack III is one step closer to his dream of playing regularly on the PGA Tour.

The 34-year-old APGA Tour Player of the Year and mini-tour legend made an eagle and three birdies in his first seven holes of the final round of Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School to guarantee starts in the first eight events this season.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said speaking on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio’s “Hitting the Green with Sobel and the Caddie.”

Mack, who started the day T-41 and already had secured conditional status by advancing through the second stage of Q-School for the first, needed to go low on Monday as Nos. 11-40 (and ties) lock-up starts in the first eight events while Nos. 41 and above likely will get some starts depending on one’s final number.

Mack charged out of the gate hot and parred in the final 11 holes at The Marshwood Course to shoot 5-under 66 and a 72-hole total of 7-under 277 at The Landings in Savannah, Georgia.

There are currently just three Black golfers on the PGA Tour: Tiger Woods, Cameron Champ and Joseph Bramlett.

Mack, who played at Bethune-Cookman, a historically Black college in Daytona Beach, Florida, has played in six career PGA Tour events on sponsorship exemptions and made four previous Korn Ferry Tour starts (with one made cut, a T-62 at the 2021 BMW Charity Pro-Am).

Along the way, the family’s house twice went into foreclosure (although they never lost it) and Mack resorted to sleeping in his car for a year and a half to save money. Photos of his car on fire on Interstate 95 went viral and while he saved his clubs, he lost the rest of his belongings.

“I know all the sacrifices my dad and my mom made for me,” he said. “I knew I didn’t want to give up for them so I just kept going and I’m glad it worked out.”

“The journey has been long but worth it,” Mack’s father, Willie Jr., wrote on Facebook. “Son, you never gave up and pressed forward. You reached your goal (and) now you have new goals to achieve.”

On August 2, 2018, the PGA Tour invited eight members of the APGA Tour, including Mack to TPC Sawgrass and a visit to the PGA Tour Academy, where director of golf Todd Anderson, whose pupils have included Billy Horschel and Brandt Snedeker, held court. That experience changed the course of Mack’s professional career.

“(Anderson) said I have the game to play on the Tour,” Mack recalled. “He said I hit the ball just like them. That meant everything to me.”

Mack gives the APGA Tour credit for helping his progression as a player, and knows his success will rub off on future players.

“Just me being able to get out there and play well I think that gives them a lot of confidence to do the same in the near future,” he said.

Eight starts is a start for Mack but the journey has a long way to go – he knows that a shortcut is to win three times next season and earn a “Battlefield Promotion” to the big leagues or finish in the top 30 and be awarded a PGA Tour card for 2024.

“My dream is to win three times and go right to the PGA Tour,” he said. “That’s my goal and if not, for sure, get into the top 30 on the money list and get on the PGA Tour.”

He’s one step closer to making that a reality.

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Korn Ferry Tour 2023 schedule features record prize money and three new events

Next season’s purse features a 37.6 percent increase over last season.

The 2023 Korn Ferry Tour schedule features record prize money and three new events as well as stops in five countries and 18 states across the nation.

The 26-event schedule begins in January and ends in October, where the top 30 players on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List at the end of the season will earn PGA Tour cards. Players will compete for a record $28 million in total prize money, a 37.6 percent increase over last season ($20.35 million). The player who finishes atop the points list will continue to earn an exemption into the Players Championship and U.S. Open.

The Korn Ferry Tour Finals will expand to the final four events of the season (it was three in 2022) and will include increased purses and points allocations and smaller fields, similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.

“The ultimate proving ground, the Korn Ferry Tour continues to identify, prepare and transition golf’s next stars to compete on the PGA Tour,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “The success we’ve seen from Korn Ferry Tour graduates Sungjae Im, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris, the last three recipients of the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is indicative of the quality and talent on the Korn Ferry Tour.”

New events:

  • Astara Chile Classic, March 30-April 2, Santiago, Chile
  • Compliance Solutions Championship, June 22-25, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Magnit Championship, August 17-20, Jackson Township, New Jersey.

All four Korn Ferry Tour Finals events will be broadcast on Golf Channel, as well as the BMW Charity Pro-Am and Utah Championship.

“Stretching our season into October while maintaining a 26-event schedule allowed us to compose a strong tournament calendar with natural breaks, optimal golf course conditions, as well as providing our 30 graduates with time to prepare for their transition to the PGA Tour, which will begin in January 2024,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin.

2023 Korn Ferry Tour regular season

Date Event Course Location Purse
Jan. 15-18 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club Great Exuma, Bahamas $1,000,000
Jan.22-25 The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club The Abaco Club on Winding Bay Great Abaco, Bahamas $1,000,000
Feb. 2-5 The Panama Championship Club de Golf de Panama Panama City, Panama $1,000,000
Feb. 6-12 Astara Golf Championship Country Club de Bogata Bogota, Colombia $1,000,000
March 20-26 Club Car Championship The Landings Golf & Athletic Club Savannah, Georgia $1,000,000
March 30-April 2 Astara Chile Classic Prince of Wales Country Club Santiago, Chile $1,000,000
April 13-16 Veritex Bank Championship Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington, Texas $1,000,000
April 20-23 LECOM Suncoast Classic Lakewood National Golf Club Lakewood Ranch, Florida $1,000,000
April 27-30 HomeTown Lenders Championship The Ledges Huntsville, Alabama $1,000,000
May 18-21 AdventHealth Championship Blue Hills Country Club Kansas City, Missouri $1,000,000
May 25-28 Visit Knoxville Open Holston Hills Country Club Knoxville, Tennessee $1,000,000
June 1-4 UNC Health Championship presented by STITCH Raleigh Country Club Raleigh, North Carolina $1,000,000
June 8-11 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD SYNNEX Thornblade Club & Carolina Country Club Greer, South Carolina $1,000,000
June 15-18 Wichita Open Benefitting KU Wichita Pediatrics Crestview Country Club Wichita, Kansas $1,000,000
June 22-25 Compliance Solutions Championship Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club Norman, Oklahoma $1,000,000
June 29-July 2 Memorial Health Championship presented by LRS Panther Creek Country Club Springfield, Illinois $1,000,000
July 13-16 The Ascendent presented by Blue TPC Colorado Berthoud, Colorado $1,000,000
July 20-23 Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper Highland Springs Country Club Springfield, Missouri $1,000,000
July 27-30 NV5 Invitational presented by Old National Bank The Glen Club Glenview, Illinois $1,000,000
Aug. 3-6 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank Oakridge Country Club Farmington, Utah $1,000,000
Aug. 10-13 Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna The Club at Indian Creek Omaha, Nebraska $1,000,000
Aug. 17-20 Magnit Championship Metedeconk National Golf Club Jackson Township, New Jersey $1,000,000

2023 Korn Ferry Tour Finals

Date Event Course Location Purse
Aug. 24-27 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Chevron Hillcrest Country Club Boise, Idaho $1,500,000
Sept. 14-17 Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation The Grove College Grove, Tennessee $1,500,000
Sept. 21-24 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Ohio State University Golf Club Columbus, Ohio $1,500,000
Oct. 5-8 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance Victoria National Golf Club Newburgh, Indiana $1,500,000

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Justin Suh wins 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship but also earns exemptions into Players, U.S. Open in 2023

To the winner goes the spoils.

What a week for Justin Suh.

Suh shot a 64 on Saturday to take the outright lead at 17 under, setting the 54-hole mark at Victoria National in Newburgh, Indiana.

He didn’t go as deep Sunday but didn’t need to, as his final-round 68 gave him the win in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at 21 under—his first Korn Ferry Tour win—and the No. 1 ranking in the season-long points race.

And to the winner goes the spoils.

The 25-year-old former USC golfer gained full status for the 2022-23 PGA Tour season for winning the points. But wait, that’s not all. Suh is also exempt in the 2023 Players Championship and the 2023 U.S. Open, the first year that perk was on the line at the KFT finals.

The Finals 25 was determined after Sunday’s round, finalizing 25 PGA Tour cards for next season. Here’s a look at who’s heading to the Tour:

Korn Ferry Tour Finals 25

  • Will Gordon
  • David Lingmerth
  • Austin Eckroat
  • Philip Knowles
  • Michael Gligic
  • Dean Burmester
  • Eric Cole
  • Joseph Bramlett
  • Austin Cook
  • Nick Hardy
  • Henrik Norlander
  • Ben Martin
  • Ryan Armour
  • Nicholas Lindheim
  • Brent Grant
  • Carson Young
  • Thomas Detry
  • Scott Harrington
  • Tano Goya
  • Nicolas Echavarria
  • Sam Stevens
  • Matti Schmid
  • Brice Garnett
  • Brian Stuard
  • Kyle Westmoreland

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Watch: Brandon Matthews, future PGA Tour pro, drove the 432-yard par-4 18th at Korn Ferry Tour Finals

It’s a shot Matthews didn’t even consider in a practice round.

Brandon Matthews needed an eagle on his final hole of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana.

He didn’t have any room for error. After a double bogey on his 17th hole, Matthews needed to go 2 under on the final hole to make the cut on the number. What awaited him was the par-4 18th, measuring at 432 yards. At least that’s what’s listed on the scorecard.

Matthews didn’t view the hole traditionally, though. Normally a big dogleg right, players have to hit a precise tee shot to avoid a huge pond right of the fairway and in front of the green from the tee box.

Matthews, who’s known as one of the longest players in golf, instead aimed right at the green. The carry? Nearly 370 yards.

No problem. It’s a shot you’ll have to see to believe.

His shot landed 15 feet from the pin. It was a shot he hadn’t even attempted in a practice round.

“Not directly at it … that’s a little crazy,” Matthews said. “Our line was … there are some red umbrellas on the clubhouse that we saw. That was kind of our line, if we had any bit of help at all.

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“If I wasn’t in that position, I wouldn’t be hitting driver at the green … I love doing stuff like that. It’s fun.”

Matthews wasn’t able to convert the eagle putt, settling for birdie, but the result didn’t matter much for his future. He already secured his PGA Tour card for next season and will debut in two weeks at the Fortinet Championship.

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Everything you need to know about the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship

There will be 17 PGA Tour cards up for grabs at the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Indiana.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. − Professional golf returns to the Tri-State this week with the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance.

This will be the 11th year Victoria National Golf Club has hosted a professional golf event. Following a change in 2019, it is also the final stop on the KFT with PGA Tour cards on the line. As part of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, it will also be the final year of the current format with a change coming in 2023.

It is always an exciting four days of golf played by some of the best in the country. Here is what you need to know for this year’s event.

What is at stake?

The Korn Ferry Tour Championship is the third and final event of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, with a second set of 25 PGA Tour cards being awarded at the conclusion of the tournament.

Eight players have already crossed the threshold the Korn Ferry Tour uses as its fail-safe number for players to finish inside The Finals 25, leaving 17 final available PGA Tour cards this week. The player who finishes No. 1 in the season-long points race earns fully exempt status for the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, as well as a berth for the 2023 Players Championship and an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Open.

The schedule

The tournament will take place Thursday through Sunday with first-round tee times scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. According to weather.com, temperatures will be in the high 80s or low 90s with clear to partly cloudy skies all week.

Victoria National Golf Course
Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh, Indiana.

Golf Channel will have TV live coverage of every round from 4-7 p.m. ET. It will also be streamed on Peacock. Tickets are available through tourchampulf.com/tickets. All-week general admission tickets are $40. Daily admission is $20.

The field

There are numerous players to keep an eye on with PGA Tour cards at stake.

Defending champion Joseph Bramlett returns with a chance to become the first golfer in the 32 years of the circuit to successfully defend at the Tour Championship. He won at Victoria National last year with a final-round 65 to win by four shots at 20 under. Bramlett earned his PGA Tour card last week via the Finals point list.

He isn’t the only past champion of the event with Jonathan Byrd (2017) also scheduled to compete. Other former notable PGA Tour players include Aaron Baddeley, Bill Haas, Sean O’Hair, Bo Van Pelt and Camilo Villegas. The KFT Finals is a mix of players who finished 26-75th on the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season points list, 126-200th on the FedEx Cup Playoffs points list, as well as non-members and medical extensions.

While 25 Korn Ferry Tour players already earned their PGA Tour cards through the regular season, a separate points list determines The Finals 25. The player who earns the most points during the three Finals events (excluding those from the regular season) will earn status on the PGA Tour for the 2022-23 season.

Top 10 going into Tour Championship

  1. Will Gordon
  2. David Lingmerth
  3. Philip Knowles
  4. Michael Gligic
  5. Joseph Bramlett
  6. Austin Cook
  7. Dean Burmester
  8. Henrik Norlander
  9. Justin Lower
  10. Thomas Detry
  11. Scott Harrington

Are there any players with local ties this year?

One golfer in the field who will be of major interest is Jeff Overton, a North High School graduate. He has 32 top-10s in nearly 300 career starts on the PGA Tour, including four runner-up finishes. He also earned a spot on the 2010 Ryder Cup team. However, Overton had not played professional golf in over five years due to an epidural abscess after an injection for a herniated disc in his back in 2017, followed by a lengthy recovery.

He made his professional return at the 3M Open in Minneapolis in July but missed the cut. Overton has made one cut in three Korn Ferry Tour events this month.

About Victoria National Golf Club

The Tom Fazio-design is listed as the best private course in Indiana, according to Golfweek. It has also considered one of the toughest stops on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Victoria National Golf Course
Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh, Indiana.

Victoria National was ranked among the top three for six consecutive seasons from 2013-18, and it was the No. 1-ranked toughest course in 2015, 2016, and 2018. A par 72, scores have been lower in recent years after the course previously hosted a Tour event in late April or early July.

The course still remains brutal for those not playing well. The final stretch on the back nine is considered among the toughest closing holes on Tour. Victoria National ranks 47th on Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses 2022 list.

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David Lingmerth wins Korn Ferry Tour’s 2022 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship to punch ticket back to PGA Tour

Lingmerth may want to consider buying some property in Central Ohio.

David Lingmerth may reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, but the 35-year-old Swede might want to consider buying some property in Central Ohio.

After starting the week with a blistering 9-under 62 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Upper Arlington, Ohio, Lingmerth held tough for the next 54 holes to win the 2022 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship by two shots at 17 under. The victory punched Lingmerth a ticket back to the PGA Tour, where he won the 2015 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, a Columbus suburb.

Lingmerth was steady over the front nine and made the turn at 2-under before adding his third birdie of the round on the par-5 12th. His lone blemish of the day came with a bogey on the par-3 17th, but was soon washed away with a winning birdie on the final hole.

Paul Haley II finished second at 15 under, followed by Zecheng Dou third at 13 under, Michael Gligic fourth at 12 under and Ben Taylor in fifth at 11 under.

The Korn Ferry Tour season ends next week, Sept. 1–4, with the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana.

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Will Gordon wins three-way playoff for title at Alberton’s Boise Open in Korn Ferry Tour Finals

Will Gordon earned more than a tournament win at the 2022 Alberton’s Boise Open.

Will Gordon parred the first playoff hole while Philip Knowles and Will Daffue each double-bogeyed it, allowing Gordon to escape with the title at the Albertson’s Boise Open, the first leg of the three-tournament Korn Ferry Tour Finals. Gordon also locked up his PGA Tour card for the 2022-23 season.

Gordon and Erik Barnes each fired final-round 63s on Sunday, the best scores of the day. Gordon punctuated his 63 with birdies on Nos. 12-16. He parred the last two to make it into the playoff.

Knowles had the round of the week, a 10-under 61 on Thursday, doing so with two eagles, eight birdies and two bogeys. He followed that up with a 64 on Friday and after his 68 on Saturday, he led by two and was threatening to go wire-to-wire but couldn’t quite get it going on Sunday, closing with a final-round 1-under 70. On 18, he had two putts to win but needed three to find the hole.

There have still been no wire-to-wire winners on the Korn Ferry Tour this season. Despite coming up short in the playoff, Knowles secured his PGA Tour card for next season. He came into the event needed a solo fifth or better and got a tie for second to seal the deal.

Up next

The Boise Open is the first of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events in 2022. Next week, it’s the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus. The season finale is the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, Sept. 1-4, at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana.

At the conclusion of the KFT Championship, 25 players will have earned their 2022-23 PGA Tour cards.

PGA Tour pro Joel Dahmen is carrying a bag at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals: ‘It’s hard work’

“He doesn’t need me to really do more than just to clean his ball and tell him a joke or two.”

Joel Dahmen played in 26 events during the 2021-22 season, including last week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship, the first of three playoff events, and collected three top 10s. He wasn’t able to secure a spot in Delaware this week at the BMW Championship, so he had some free time on his hands.

Instead of playing golf, he’s carrying someone’s bag.

Brandon Harkins is playing in the first Korn Ferry Tour playoff event this week, the Albertsons Boise Open, and has enlisted Dahmen for his services.

Harkins fired an opening-round 2-under 69 Thursday. Dahmen sat down with The Caddie Network and discussed his experience so far.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on but stuff and then by the time you’re out there five hours and he at home and you have lunch and you finally lay down. I was just out. It’s hard work,” Dahmen said. “I always knew caddies work hard and it’s hard work carrying that bag but it’s just there’s a lot of stuff going on and you’re always thinking about the next shot and what you can do to help and what to say and what not to say, more importantly sometimes.”

Regarding their friendship, Harkins and Dahmen live near each other in Wisconsin and have been close for over a decade.

“He needed a change,” Dahmen said. “I was done with my year and he called me on Sunday and he’s like, hey, do you have any interest in doing this? I could use a friend for the week.

“He’s one of the best golfers in the world. He’ll be back on Tour. It’s just a matter of time, so he doesn’t need me to really do more than just to clean his ball and tell him a joke or two.”

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