Record purses highlight revamped Korn Ferry Tour schedule in 2023

Record purses highlight revamped Korn Ferry Tour schedule in 2023
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A record $28 million in total prize money highlights next year’s Korn Ferry Tour season, which the PGA Tour announced Tuesday will feature 26 events, each with at least a $1 million purse (up from the $750,000 minimum this past season).

The bump in prize money goes along with sweeping changes to the Tour’s top developmental circuit. Among the notable details, which the Tour revealed earlier this year: an overhaul of Q-School, which for the first time since 2012 will offer PGA Tour cards, and a revamp of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which is back to four events in 2023 but will no longer serve as a standalone race.

Instead, the Finals will offer increased purses ($1.5 million) and points as players battle for 30 PGA Tour cards, which will be handed out based on the season-long points race. The fields will also shrink as the Finals go on:

  • 156 players – Albertsons Boise Open, Aug. 24-27
  • 144 players – Simmons Bank Open, Sept. 14-17
  • 120 players – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Sept. 21-24
  • 70 players (no cut) – KFT Championship, Oct. 5-8

The season will begin, per usual, in January, but unlike previous years, it will stretch into October. The extended calendar, according to KFT president Alex Baldwin, will give the tour “natural breaks” in its schedule – though it’s worth noting that there is still no off week around the U.S. Open (June 15-18), which many KFT members try and qualify for – and shorten the offseason prior to the start of the 2024 PGA Tour season, the first non-wraparound season since 2013.

The upcoming campaign will also include three new tournaments, including one in Chile.

Golf Channel will broadcast all four Finals events, plus the BMW Charity Pro-Am (June 8-11) and Utah Championship (Aug. 3-6).

“I am thrilled with the momentum we’re carrying into this next chapter of our Tour’s history,” Baldwin said in a release.

Here is a look at the complete schedule:

Date Tournament Location
Jan. 15-18 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic Great Exuma, Bahamas
Jan. 22-25 The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic Great Abaco, Bahamas
Feb. 2-5 The Panama Championship Panama City, Panama
Feb. 9-12 Astara Golf Championship Bogota, Colombia
March 23-26 Club Car Championship Savannah, Georgia
March 30-April 2 Astara Chile Classic Santiago, Chile
April 13-16 Veritex Bank Championship Arlington, Texas
April 20-23 LECOM Suncoast Classic Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
April 27-30 HomeTown Lenders Championship Huntsville, Alabama
May 18-21 AdventHealth Championship Kansas City, Missouri
May 25-28 Visit Knoxville Open Knoxville, Tennessee
June 1-4 UNC Health Championship Raleigh, North Carolina
June 8-11 BMW Charity Pro-Am Greer, South Carolina
June 15-18 Wichita Open Wichita, Kansas
June 22-25 Compliance Solutions Championship Norman, Oklahoma
June 29-July 2 Memorial Health Championship Springfield, Illinois
July 13-16 The Ascendant Berthoud, Colorado
July 20-23 Price Cutter Charity Championship Springfield, Missouri
July 27-30 NV5 Invitational Glenview, Illinois
Aug. 3-6 Utah Championship Farmington, Utah
Aug. 10-13 Pinnacle Bank Championship Omaha, Nebraska
Aug. 17-20 Magnit Championship Jackson Township, N.J.
   Aug. 24-27
Albertsons Boise Open (Finals) Boise, Idaho
Sept. 14-17 Simmons Bank Open (Finals) College Grove, Tenn.
Sept. 21-24 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Champ. (Finals) Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 5-8 Korn Ferry Tour Championship (Finals) Newburgh, Indiana

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