The PGA Tour released the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour schedule on Tuesday and it features a revamped points structure, a path to earning 30 PGA Tour cards, record prize money and 26 tournaments in five countries and 18 states.
Up from one of three events in the finals last year, the four-event finals kick off August 24-27 at the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho and will feature the top 75 players from the Korn Ferry Tour and the FedEx Cup numbers 126 to 200. ranking. The problem in 2023 is that field sizes will be reduced with each event, similar to how the PGA Tour runs its FedEx Cup playoff system.
Unlike previous years, there will be no separate points list for the regular season and the finals. There will be only one points list for the entire season in 2023 that will award all 30 PGA Tour cards after the Korn Ferry Tour Championship ends Oct. 5-8 at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.
Each regular season event will have a purse of $1 million and it will be increased to $1.5 million for the final four, totaling $28 million, the highest in tour history.
“Extending our season into October while maintaining a 26-event schedule has allowed us to compose a strong tournament schedule with natural breaks, optimal golf course conditions, as well as giving our 30 graduates time to prepare for their transition to the PGA Tour, which begins in January 2024,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin.
After the opening event in the Bahamas, the tour will stay there for another week before moving on to Panama and Colombia. The first event on US soil will take place March 23-26 at the Club Car Championship at Landings Golf and Athletic Club in Savannah, Ga. However, next week (March 30-April) the tour will head from the US to the Astara Chile Classic at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile, a new event on the schedule. Also new will be the Compliance Solutions Championship (June 22-25) at the University of Oklahoma’s Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman.
“The success we’ve seen from Korn Ferry Tour graduates Sungjae Im, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris, the past three recipients of PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is indicative of the quality and talent of the Korn Ferry Tour,” PGA Tour said commissioner Jay Monahan.