NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) Justin Suh already had his PGA Tour card locked up and finished the growing season by closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a two-shot victory in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship that was included with several extra perks.
Suh finished atop the standings in points from the standard season and the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals, meaning the former University of Southern California star is fully exempt on the PGA Tour next year and earned an area in the U.S. Open and The Players Championship.
But this is just as much about players just attempting to earn a PGA Tour card.
Austin Eckroat, who played his senior at Oklahoma, needed a large finish to possess any potential for getting among the 25 cards available from the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He delivered in a large way with a 68 to complete second behind Suh.
Other people who made big moves in the ultimate event to secure a PGA Tour card included Eric Cole, whose parents both played 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 five years in the Air Force, got the 25th spot narrowly over Joey Garber, who birdied his last four holes following a double bogey on No. 14.
The PGA Tour season starts Sept. 15 with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, and Suh will undoubtedly be going on a higher.
It felt great to persuade myself I possibly could win, Suh said.
He was touted as a solid post-college class in 2019 that included Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, most of whom won quickly. Suh struggled, didnt get his card and spent the previous few years honing his game on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The U.S. Open exemption is new this season. Equally valuable isn’t needing to be at the mercy of various reshuffles on the points list that puts reduced on playing well quickly.
On the list of returning players to the PGA Tour is 46-year-old Ryan Armour, who arrived to the week at No. 30 and had a 67-65 weekend to tie for fifth.
Eckroat, Cole, Echavarria and Goya are among 12 players who managed to get through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals who’ll be rookies on the PGA Tour next season.
The 50 players who earned cards from the Finals or regular season are certain to get $500,000 from the PGA Tour in the beginning of the season within the new Earnings Assurance Program. That may count against their earnings until they surpass that amount, an application designed to make certain no-one loses money.
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