NEWBURGH, Ind. — Justin Suh already had his PGA Tour card locked up and completed the season by closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a two-shot victory within the Korn Ferry Tour Championship that got here with a number of additional perks.
Suh completed atop the standings in factors from the common season and the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which means the previous College of Southern California star is totally exempt on the PGA Tour subsequent yr and earned a spot within the U.S. Open and The Gamers Championship.
However this was as a lot about gamers simply attempting to earn a PGA Tour card.
Austin Eckroat, who starred at Oklahoma State, wanted a giant end to have any likelihood of getting one of many 25 playing cards obtainable from the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He delivered in a giant manner with a 68 to complete second behind Suh.
Others who made large strikes within the ultimate occasion to safe a PGA Tour card included Eric Cole, whose mother and father each performed on tour (Bobby Cole on the PGA Tour, Laura Baugh on the LPGA Tour); Nicholas Echavarria of Colombia; and Toya Gano of Argentina.
Kyle Westmoreland, who spent 5 years within the Air Pressure, obtained the twenty fifth spot narrowly over Joey Garber, who birdied his final 4 holes after a double bogey on No. 14.
The PGA Tour season begins Sept. 15 with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, and Suh might be occurring a excessive.
“It felt nice to show to myself I may win,” Suh stated.
He was touted as a robust post-college class in 2019 that included Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, all of whom gained shortly. Suh struggled, did not get his card and spent the previous few years honing his sport on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The U.S. Open exemption is new this yr. Equally invaluable is just not having to be topic to numerous reshuffles on the factors checklist that places a premium on enjoying properly shortly.
Among the many returning gamers to the PGA Tour is 46-year-old Ryan Armour, who got here into the week at No. 30 and had a 67-65 weekend to tie for fifth.
Eckroat, Cole, Echavarria and Goya are amongst 12 gamers who made it by means of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals who might be rookies on the PGA Tour subsequent season.
The 50 gamers who earned playing cards from the Finals or common season will get $500,000 from the PGA Tour in the beginning of the season as a part of the brand new “Earnings Assurance Program.” That may depend towards their earnings till they surpass that quantity, a program designed to ensure nobody loses cash.