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PGA TOUR

Xander Schauffele made a six-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the PGA Championship by a single stroke for his first career major victory. He became the first player since Phil Mickelson in 2005 to win the tournament with a birdie on the final hole to win by one. Schauffele, who carded an opening round 62 to tie a major record, finished at 21-under 263 to beat the lowest score in a major by one stroke. Bryson DeChambeau made a 10-foot birdie putt of his own on the final hole and then watched from the practice range in anticipation of a potential playoff as Schauffele hit his drive on No. 18 close enough to the bunker that he had to stand in the sand for his second shot. He ended up putting it 35 yards short of the green before pitching to within six feet for the winning putt. Viktor Hovland had a 10-foot putt on the final hole which would have tied him for the lead with DeChambeau, but he ended up three-putting for bogey to finish third. The victory also assures Schauffele of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team where he will get a chance to defend the gold medal he won back in 2021. …Tiger Woods missed the cut at 7-over par. The 13th time he has missed the cut at a major as a pro. …Corey Conners posted his second-best finish result at the PGA Championship.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T26Corey Conners70-71-67-67-9
T43Adam Svensson70-69-70-69-6
T60Adam Hadwin68-72-71-69-4
MCTaylor Pendrith72-71 
MCNick Taylor72-71 
MCMackenzie Hughes74-70 

NEXT EVENT: Charles Schwab Challenge  (May 23)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Ben Silverman, Adam Svensson 

PGA TOUR AMERICAS

Harry Hillier dominated the final event of the Latin America Swing on the PGA Tour Americas, winning the Inter Rapidisimo Golf Championship by eight strokes. Hillier took command of the tournament by shooting 59 in the second round – the first sub-60 round in the new Tour’s history and the sixth on tours around the world this year. The win moved him up to No. 2 in the Fortinet Cup standings after the Latin American Swing to secure conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour next year. Matthew Anderson, who finished in a tie for third for his third top-five result of the season, finished the six event swing in top spot and has also secured conditional status for 2025 on the Korn Ferry Tour. Stuart Macdonald, who missed the cut, just missed out on earning conditional status after slipping to third in the standings. The top 10 players in the Fortinet Cup standings at the end of the year will earn full exempt status on the Korn Ferry Tour next year.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T3Matthew Anderson65-67-72-68-16
T29Thomas Giroux73-64-72-72-7
T35Brendan MacDougall69-68-75-70-6
T57Jimmy Jones68-71-72-79+2
MCStuart Macdonald69-73 
MCNoah Steele74-70 
MCJohnny Travale74-73 
MCJoey Savoie77-70 
MCJeevan Sihota71-77 
MCChris Wilson75-78 
MCMax Sekulic79-75 
WDLawren Rowe  

NEXT EVENT: The Beachlands Victoria Open (Jun 20)

KORN FERRY TOUR

Harry Higgs eagled the final hole to force a playoff before making a seven-foot birdie on the first extra hole to win with AdventHealth Championship. It was his second career win on the Korn Ferry Tour. Higgs, who had erased a three shot deficit to start the round with birdies on four of his first six holes, found himself three back of leader Tanner Gore as he played the final hole. He holed out from 63 yards for eagle, then watched as Gore missed a 20-footer for par on No. 17 and a 27-footer on No. 18 which would have given him the win in regulation. Gore, who got into the tournament as a Monday qualifier, recorded his first top-10 finish in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. …Étienne Papineau picked up his fourth top-20 result of the season

POS SCORESTOTAL
T15Étienne Papineau69-71-64-70-14
T36Sudarshan Yellamaraju71-67-70-70-10
T60Wil Bateman69-67-76-69-7
MCJared du Toit76-73 
MCMyles Creighton74-76 

NEXT EVENT:  Visti Knoxville Open (May 23)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Wil Bateman, Myles Creighton, Jared du Toit, Étienne Papineau, Sudarshan Yellamaraju

LPGA TOUR

Nelly Korda outlasted Hannah Green of Australia in a back nine showdown to capture the Mizuho Americas Open by a single stroke. It’s her sixth win in seven starts this year, becoming only the fourth player on tour to win six times before June 1 and the first since Inbee Park in 2013 to win six times in a single season. Korda’s 14th career victory came a week after her record-tying five-tournament winning streak was snapped by Rose Zhang, who was forced to withdraw from the event after just three holes on Thursday with an intestinal issue. Korda and Green matched birdies on Nos. 10, 13 and 15 and arrived at the final hole tied at 14-under par. Green pulled her drive in the left rough and her approach to the green came up short. She failed to get up-and-down for par which would have forced a playoff. Jennifer Kupcho, who lost in a playoff last year, finished tied for third with rookie Gabriela Ruffels, Ariya Jutanugarn and Chanettee Wannasaen.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T47Maude-Aimee Leblanc72-71-70-74-1
T56Brooke Henderson73-69-76-73+3

NEXT EVENT: U.S. Women’s Open  (May 30)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Brooke Henderson, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Monet Chun (alternate), Vanessa Borovilos (alternate), Brooke Rivers (alternate), Josee Doyon (alternate), Vanessa Zhang (alternate) 

EPSON TOUR

Fiona Xu carded a final round 64 to win the Copper Rock Championship by seven shots for her first career win. Xu set a new 54-hole scoring record at 22-under 194, eclipsing the mark set just three weeks ago by Juliana Hung in a tournament where Xu finished runner-up. With the win, Xu moves into the top spot in the Race for the Card standings having yet to finish outside the top 25 through the first six starts of her rookie season. …Alena Sharp picked up her second top 5 finish in four starts this year.

POS SCORESTOTAL
3Alena Sharp64-72-66-14
MCMaddie Szeryk77-71E
MCBrigitte Thibault75-73 
MCSelena Costabile79-72 
MCKate Johnston78-79 

NEXT EVENT: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship (Jun 7)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Selena Costabile, Leah John (a), Kate Johnston, Brigitte Thibault 

G4D TOUR

In a battle of the top two ranked golfers in the world, No. 1 Kip Popert outduelled defending champion Brendan Lawlor to win the G4D Open at Woburn. It was Popert’s 10th title on the G4D Tour since its inception in 2022. Lawlor erased a three-stroke deficit and was tied with Popert through 16 holes before making a bogey at No. 17 to fall one back. That was the advantage Popert needed as he sealed the win with a par putt on the final hole. Canadian Chris Willis, winner of both the Ontario Adaptive Championship and Canadian All Abilities Championship, finished solo third. A year ago he finished tied for 14th in the inaugural event. The tournament was touted as golf’s most inclusive event featuring 80 men and women in nine sport classes across multiple impairment groups.

POS SCORESTOTAL
3Chris Willis75-73-74+6
T49Dustin Boydell89-86-89+48
52Spencer Easthope88-93-88+53

NEXT EVENT: G4D Tour @ Betfred British Masters (Aug 26)

Korn Ferry Tour

Canadians Papineau and Creighton enjoying fast start to Korn Ferry Tour season

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Myles Creighton and Etienne Papineau (Getty Images)

Canadians Etienne Papineau and Myles Creighton have already noticed that the fields on the Korn Ferry Tour are deeper than the events they’re used to playing. But they’re hanging in there two tournaments into the second-tier circuit’s season.

Papineau and Creighton are in the Korn Ferry Tour’s top 30 entering The Panama Championship this week, after earning their way onto the circuit from the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour Canada. 

Papineau, who is 25th on the points list, said although there are great players on the third tier of men’s professional golf, it’s apparent that everyone is an excellent player on the Korn Ferry Tour.

“I feel like any player can win at any time, to be honest,” said Papineau from Club de Golf de Panama in Panama City on Wednesday. “Every player is really good. I mean, they’re all here for the same reason: to get their PGA Tour card.”

Creighton won the PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Inter Rapidisimo Golf Championship in Colombia last season and finished second overall in that circuit’s order of merit to move up to the Korn Ferry Tour. He agreed with Papineau that the Latinoamerica and Canada Tours — now merged into the PGA Tour Americas starting this year — had solid players at the top of their rankings but were more inconsistent down the standings.

“I think if you ran a PGA Tour Americas event on the courses that we played in the last two weeks, I think the winning score would be very similar,” said Creighton. “It’s just maybe to finish 20th or 25th is like a couple shots better, or to make a cut, it’s very marginally different. 

“You grow with it, as well. You don’t tend to notice that the competition is a little tougher, because you’re becoming a better player and you’re adapting to that.”

Papineau, from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., tied for 44th at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on Jan. 17 to start the year and followed that up with a tie for 14th at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on Jan. 24.

Creighton, from Digby, N.S., tied for 25th at the Great Exuma Classic and followed that up with a tie for 27th at the Great Abaco Classic. 

Although the way he plays his game remains the same, Papineau said he’s changing his approach off the course.

“I would say in my preparation, I think I’ll be able to be more careful with that,” he said. “It’s a longer season than PGA Tour Canada. We have 25 events during the season. 

“It starts much earlier so I’m going to be playing pretty much all year up until October.”

Both Canadians are on the Korn Ferry Tour with limited status that only guarantees them spots in the first eight events of the year. There will be a reshuffle after the first four tournaments and, if they’re high enough in the standings, they’ll have their membership extended. 

If they’re still in the top 30 at the end of the year they’ll earn cards on the PGA Tour, the top men’s golf circuit in the world.

“It’s so important to get off to a good start right from the beginning,” said Creighton. “You want to play well early and put yourself in a good position early to then build off that. You don’t want to be playing from behind in that sense. 

“It just gives you a little comfort knowing that you’ve made a cut, you’ve accumulate a couple of points, and you’re in a good spot to start the year.”

Papineau and Creighton will be joined at Club de Golf de Panama by Sudarshan Yellamaraju of Mississauga, Ont., Edmonton’s Wil Bateman and Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont. Yellamaraju is tied for 95th on the Korn Ferry Tour rankings, while Gligic and Bateman have yet to play on the second-tier circuit this season.

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Yellamaraju, Papineau, Creighton earn 2024 Korn Ferry Tour status

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Three Canadians have earned 2024 Korn Ferry Tour membership following the final round of the PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry on Monday in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Sudarshan Yellamaraju of Mississauga, Ont. finished T14 at 4-under. Étienne Papineau of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. finished T38 at 1-under, and Myles Creighton of Digby, N.S. finished T45 at even par. They will join fellow Canadian Wil Bateman on the Korn Ferry Tour to start the 2024 season.

Yellamaraju recorded rounds of 71-69-68-68-276 to earn Korn Ferry Tour membership for next season after successfully making his way through both second stage and final stage of Q-School.

Papineau previously earned 2024 Korn Ferry Tour membership by finishing fourth overall in the 2023 Fortinet Cup standings on the PGA TOUR Canada (now PGA TOUR Americas). Papineau’s T38 finish at Q-School with rounds of 74-67-68-70-279 improves his Korn Ferry Tour status for the coming season.

Creighton also previously earned his 2024 membership by finishing second on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica (now PGA TOUR Americas) season point rankings. Creighton shot rounds of 70-68-72-70-280 to finish inside the cut line of players who are awarded Korn Ferry Tour cards through Q-school and improve his status for 2024 as well.

Three other Canadians were competing in Ponte Vedra at final stage including, Stuart Macdonald who finished at 7-over, Thomas Giroux at 9-over and Jared Du Toit at 10-over. They will have conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour for 2024.

Harrison Endycott of Australia finished atop the leaderboard at 15-under, Americans Trace Cowe (11-under) and Brian Hale Jr. (9-under) finished second and third, while Raul Pereda of Mexico and Hayden Springer of the United States finished tied for fourth at 8-under to earn their 2024 PGA TOUR cards.

The top five players and ties earned their full status for 2024 on the PGA TOUR. The next 40 finishers and ties earned exempt status through multiple reshuffles of the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season, with the first 25 finishers and ties being subject to the third reshuffle (12 guaranteed starts), and any remaining finishers within the category being subject to the second reshuffle (eight guaranteed starts).

This marked the first time since 2012 that PGA TOUR cards were awarded during the Final Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School. The field of 168-players played two rounds at TPC Sawgrass’ Dye’s Valley Course and two rounds at Sawgrass Country Club. The final round was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to heavy rain in northern Florida.

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Papineau receives conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour

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Calgary, Alta. – Étienne Papineau finishes his PGA Tour Canada season with a Korn Ferry status card for the first time in his career. He finished 4th in the Fortinet Cup rankings.

Papineau has been a Team Canada member for six years. Native of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu just outside of Montreal and alumni of West Virginia University.

He started off his season strong when he won the season opener the Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist. He finished runner-up at the CentrePort Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open. He also finished 4 times in the top 5.

Étienne will receive conditional status on the Korn Ferry tour. The top five finishers are also exempt into the final stage of the PGA TOUR Qualifying School. Since he is the top Canadian finisher in the standings he will receive an exemption into the 2024 RBC Canadian Open.

“If I just keep doing what I’m doing … There are some little details that I need to work on and get better at, but golf game-wise, I think I’m trending in the right direction. So just adjust those little details and the stuff that I would like to work on, and I think we’ll be there one day.” Said Papineau when asked about his future on the PGA Tour.

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Papineau closing in on Korn Ferry Tour card with ongoing success on PGA Tour Canada

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Etienne Papineau is in the home stretch.

There are two events left on the PGA Tour Canada schedule and Papineau sits third in the Fortinet Cup standings, the top-ranked Canadian on the third-tier tour.

If he can hold on to his spot, he’ll be promoted to the Korn Ferry Tour. If Papineau can move up to the top spot, he’ll also earn an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.

“It’s part of my goals to move up,” Papineau said Wednesday from Brainerd, Minn. “Obviously, I want to get to the PGA Tour, but if I can get on the Korn Ferry Tour next year, that will be a definitely a big step up.

“I’ve been working for that for a long time. It would definitely mean a lot and it would be definitely a big step in my career.”

Papineau, from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., is one of several Canadians in the field for this week’s CRMC Championship at Craguns Legacy Course in Minnesota.

Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald is fourth on the PGA Tour Canada’s standings and also in a strong position to advance his career.

The tour’s season wraps up next week at the Fortinet Cup Championship on the Talons course at Calgary’s Country Hills Golf Club.

Papineau has earned 944 points this season, thanks to two top-10 finishes including a win at the Royal Beach Victoria Open on June 18.

He’s 266 points behind American Sam Choi, the overall points leader on the PGA Tour Canada.

“I think just being really consistent over the summer has been great for me,” said Papineau. “I think that’s why I’ve had good performances.

“We’re just trying to keep it going.”

Surprisingly, Papineau also credits a couple of off-season injuries for his success. He took several months off to heal his foot and his knee before returning to play in March.

He said that the forced rest was helpful for him with the grind of a professional golf season.

“I think that helped me reset back to zero and start all over again,” said Papineau, who works with Golf Canada’s men’s coach Derek Ingram and University of Montreal coach Pierre Dugas. “When I got back to it, we created a good game plan with my coaches, and I’ve been following it.”

GRANT THORNTON INVITAITONAL – Canada’s Brooke Henderson and Corey Conners will be partners at the Grant Thornton Invitational, a unique event that will have players from the LPGA and PGA Tours compete together in a co-sanctioned tournament for equal prize money of US$4 million. They both represented Canada at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. The Grant Thornton Invitational is Dec. 4-10 in Naples, Fla.

LPGA TOUR – Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., and Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., are in the field at this week’s Portland Classic. Henderson tied for 13th at the CPKC Women’s Open in Vancouver on Sunday to move her up to eighth in the LPGA Tour’s rankings. Szeryk missed the cut in Vancouver, dropping to 91st in the standings.

Korn Ferry Tour

Silverman solidifies 2024 PGA TOUR card with runner-up finish on Korn Ferry Tour

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Ben Silverman of Canada hits a tee shot on the 1st hole during the final round of the HomeTown Lenders Championship at The Ledges on April 30, 2023 in Huntsville, Alabama. (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Ben Kohles became the first two-time winner of the Korn Ferry Tour season on Sunday when he seized on Ben Silverman’s mistake on the final hole of regulation and beat him with a birdie in the playoff in the HomeTown Lenders Championship.

Kohles, from Texas, who won in Chile at the start of the month, closed with a 3-under 67. It looked like it would come up short until Silverman took double bogey on the 18th hole and to fall into a playoff.

Silverman, from Thornhill, Ont., was also looking for his second win of the year.

Kohles and Silverman now are Nos. 1 and 2 on the points list and assured of finishing in the top 30 to earn PGA Tour cards for next season.

Kohles won for the fourth time on the Korn Ferry Tour. His previous two wins were more than a decade ago.

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Korn Ferry Tour announces live streaming coverage for final round of Q-School

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The Landings Golf Club - Savannah, Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga. – For the first time at the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament’s Final Stage, the Korn Ferry Tour will provide live streaming coverage of the final round from The Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia. Live streaming will be available Sunday, November 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports App and GolfChannel.com, with coverage highlighting a bubble group seeking guaranteed Korn Ferry Tour starts for 2022.

The Final Stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament, commonly known as Q-School, is the last phase of the competitive process for obtaining status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the following season. The medalist(s) at the Final Stage of Q-School receives fully exempt status for the upcoming season, while finishers 2-10 (and ties) receive guaranteed starts through the first 12 events of the season, and finishers 11-40 (and ties) earn guaranteed starts through the first eight events of the season.

“As we continue exploring innovative ways to connect with our fans, we’re excited to provide live tournament coverage of the final round of Q-School Final Stage for the first time,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “The livestream broadcast will provide another valuable opportunity to showcase some of the incredible stories of our players, as well as highlight the grueling, yet rewarding, journey our players face as they compete and work their way to the Korn Ferry Tour.”

After being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Q-School has returned in 2021, with pre-qualifying, First and Second Stages contested in recent months at various sites across the United States. Final Stage of Q-School is set for November 4-7 at The Landings Club’s Marshwood and Magnolia courses in Savannah, Georgia. This marks the first year The Landings Club will host Final Stage of Q-School.

The livestream will seek to tell the unique stories of Q-School as players bid for a top-40 finish. Play-by-play host Brian Katrek will be joined in the booth by analysts Andres Gonzales, a former Korn Ferry Tour player, and APGA golfer Doug Smith. They’ll be joined by on-course reporters Gary Christian and James Nitties, as well as Teryn Gregson, who will handle the post-round interviews.

In addition to the livestream’s availability on the NBC Sports App and GolfChannel.com, the first 30 minutes of the broadcast will also be live on the Korn Ferry Tour’s social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook, from 10 – 10:30 a.m. ET on November 7.

For more information about the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament, please visit PGATOUR.com.

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Korn Ferry Tour Q-School wrap-up

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The 2021 season of the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament season saw several worthy players take their shot at advancing through pre-qualifying, First and Second Stage and Final Stage at various sites across the country. The final stage of Q-School was contested at The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga from Nov. 4-8.

American Zack Fischer became the first two-time medalist in the modern era (since 2013) of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament’s Final Stage, breaking a four-way tie for medalist honors with a 12-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole. Fischer watched as final-group playing partner Andrew Kozan’s 8-foot birdie putt slid past the cup, thus securing his second Final Stage win. The 32-year-old Texan carded a 2-under 69 Monday on The Landings Club’s Marshwood Course and finished at 14-under par.

With the victory, Fischer, who topped a field loaded with future PGA TOUR winners at the 2013 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament’s Final Stage, secured fully exempt status for the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour season

Canadians Albin Choi and Drew Nesbit advanced to the final stage with Choi finishing 5-over, and Nesbit recording a score of plus-8.

Canadian results are as follows:

Final Stage

DateCourseCanadian PlayersPosition
Nov. 4-8The Landings Club
Savannah, Ga.
Albin Choi
(Toronto, Ont.)
T96 (+5)
Drew Nesbit
(Shanty Bay, Ont.)
T119 (+8)

Stage Two

DateCourseCanadian PlayersPosition
Oct. 12 – 15Southern Hills Plantation
Brooksville, Fla.
Jimmy Jones
(Tampa, Fla.)
T35 (-5)
Raoul Menard
(Ange-Gardien, Que.)
T62 (+2)
Oct. 19 – 22UNM Championship Course
Albuquerque, N.M.
Albert Pistorius
(Calgary, Alta.)
T23 (-1)
Blair Bursey
(Gander, N.L)
T29 (E)
Wil Bateman
(Edmonton, Alta.)
T35 (+1)
Jared du Toit
(Kimberley, B.C.)
T46 (+4)
Jamie Sadlowski
(St. Paul, Alta)
T48 (+6)
Oct. 19 – 22RTJ Highlands/Marshwood
Dothan, Ala.
Dylan McQueen
(Halifax, N.S.)
67 (+7)
Joey Savoie
(La Prairie, Que.)
T57 (+3)
Oct. 19 – 22Bear Creek Golf Club
Murrieta, Calif.
Brad Fritsch
(Manotick, Ont.)
T43 (-2)
Oct. 19 – 22Plantation Preserve
Plantation, Fla.
Albin Choi
(Toronto, Ont.)
T2 (-16)

Stage One

DateCourseCanadian PlayersPosition
Sept. 14 – 17Kinderlou Forest
Valdosta, Ga.
Dylan McQueen
(Halifax, N.S.)
T15 (-6)
Sept. 21 – 24Bermuda Dunes
Burmuda Dunes, Calif.
Chris Crisologo
(Richmond, B.C.)
T29 (-12)
Sept. 21 – 24AK-Chin Southern Dunes
Maricopa, Ariz.
Jamie Sadlowski
(St. Paul, Alta)
T2 (-6)
Sept. 21 – 24SunRiver Golf Club
St. George, Utah
Albert Pistorius
(Calgary, Alta.)
T13 (-18)
Blair Bursey
(Gander, N.L)
T17 (-17)
Lawren Rowe
(Squamish, B.C)
T32 (-12)
Evan Holmes
(Vancouver, B.C)
T48 (-8)
Sept. 21 – 24Orange County National
Winter Garden, Fla.
Jimmy Jones
(Tampa, Fla.)
T3 (-17)
John Foster
(Concord, Ont.)
76 (+12)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1Dayton Valley Golf Club
Dayton, Nev.
Jared du Toit
(Kimberley, B.C.)
T12 (-13)
Hugo Bernard
(Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que.
T34 (-6)
Kaleb Gorbahn
(Smithers, B.C.)
74 (+25)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1The Club at Irish Creek
Kannapolis, N.C.
Lucas Kim
(Richmond Hill, Ont.)
T48 (-1)
Derek Gillespie
(Oshawa, Ont.)
T62 (+4)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1The Breakers – Rees Jones
West Palm Beachm Fla
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Albin Choi
(Toronto, Ont.)
2 (-19)
Raoul Menard
(Ange-Gardien, Que.)
T9 (-11)
Myles Creighton
(Digby, N.S.)
T27 (-5)
Maxwell Sear
(Unionville, Ont.)
T27 (-5)
Daniel Kim
(Oshawa, Ont.)
T68 (+17)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1Bull Valley
Woodstock III
Ben Silverman
(Thornhill, Ont.)
T27 (+1)
Mark Hoffman
(Thornhill, Ont.)
T45 (+9)
Blair Hamilton
(Burlington, Ont.)
T45 (+9)
Mitch Sutton
(London, Ont)
T45 (+9)

For more information on the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament click here.

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PGA TOUR announces 2022 Korn Ferry Tour schedule

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – The PGA TOUR announced today the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2022 schedule, which features 26 tournaments across four countries and 18 different states with the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance in September.

“True to its mission, the Korn Ferry Tour continues to identify, develop and prepare golf’s next stars to compete on the PGA TOUR from day one,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “The immediate success we’ve seen from the likes of Sungjae Im and Scottie Scheffler and now 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.”

The Korn Ferry Tour’s 2022 schedule will feature the return of international events after they were cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Korn Ferry Tour will kick off its 2022 slate with The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay (January 16-19) and The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club (January 23-26), followed by the return of the Panama Championship (February 3-6) and Country Club de Bogota Championship (February 10-13). 

The Lake Charles Championship, set for March 24-27, will make its debut on the Korn Ferry Tour’s schedule after being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, and again in 2021 due to the impact from Hurricanes Laura and Delta along the Louisiana coast. 

“After recently concluding the Korn Ferry Tour’s super season in dramatic fashion, we’re excited about what lies ahead in 2022, including a significant increase in purses, the return of four international events and the debut of the Lake Charles Championship,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “The Korn Ferry Tour is experiencing unprecedented growth and fan engagement and these key additions will add to this momentum as our athletes chase their PGA TOUR dreams in 2022.”

During the 2022 season, the Korn Ferry Tour will see its purses rise, as regular season events increase to a minimum purse of $750,000. The purse for the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna – the Tour’s regular season finale – will increase to $850,000. By the 2023 season, all regular season events will feature a purse of at least $1 million, while the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna will increase to $1.25 million and all three events in the season-ending Korn Ferry Tour Finals will increase to $1.5 million.

Today, the Korn Ferry Tour announced a partnership with NV5, a leading provider of compliance, technology, and engineering consulting solutions for public and private sector clients supporting sustainable infrastructure, utility, and building assets and systems, to become the title sponsor of the Korn Ferry Tour’s event in Glenview, Illinois for at least the next five seasons. The tournament will now be known as the NV5 Invitational presented by First Midwest Bank and will be played May 26-29.

The Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna will continue to serve as the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular season finale and will be played August 11-14 in Omaha, Nebraska. Following the conclusion of the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna, where 25 PGA TOUR cards are awarded to the top 25 players in the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular season points standings, the Tour begins the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

The Korn Ferry Tour Finals commence with the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Chevron – which announced a historic $2.9M charitable donation during their 2021 event – and will be played August 18-21 in Boise, Idaho. Players then head to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (August 25-28), which recently announced a five-year extension of the tournament at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. The season concludes at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana on Sunday, September 4, 2022.

The regular season finale and the three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events will represent four of six tournaments broadcasted on GOLF Channel in 2022. GOLF Channel’s broadcast coverage of the Korn Ferry Tour will begin with the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation (June 9-12), which will feature the debut of the PGA TOUR University presented by Velocity Global Class of 2022. The Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank (August 4-7), the penultimate event of the Korn Ferry Tour regular season, will also be broadcast on GOLF Channel.

In addition to the six tournaments slated for GOLF Channel broadcasts during the 2022 season, the Korn Ferry Tour will also stream live coverage of the Veritex Bank Championship, which will be the first live Korn Ferry Tour tournament coverage available to fans during the 2022 season.

“Providing Korn Ferry Tour fans with more content and additional live coverage is extremely important to our Tour right now, and we’re excited to deliver live coverage from the final two rounds of the Veritex Bank Championship, one of our best-in-class events, on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16,” Baldwin said.

Korn Ferry Tour

Adam Svensson blitzes front nine to win Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Adam Svensson
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 29: Adam Svensson of Canada poses with the trophy after winning the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club on August 29, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Adam Svensson crept up the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship leaderboard all week and finally pounced Sunday, posting a 4-under par 67 to turn a two-stroke 54-hole deficit into a two-stroke victory. Svensson’s winning total, a 17-under 267, lowered the tournament scoring record (270 by Harris English in 2011 and Peter Uihilein in 2017) by three strokes.

Svensson played the front nine of The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course at 5-under par in the final round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 4, 7, and 9. The Surrey, British Columbia native did not make a single birdie on the back nine, but he avoided disaster with par saves at Nos. 11 and 14, made his only bogey at the par-3 13th, and closed the round with four consecutive two-putt pars.

“I was only two back, but I knew I had to play well today,” Svensson said. “If you’re 5-under on the front, you’re playing pretty well. I said to myself, ‘Just par in, or at least one more (birdie) coming in and see what happens. Just don’t make bogeys because you don’t want to give the tournament away.’”

The victory was Svensson’s second of the 2020-21 season and third of his Korn Ferry Tour career. In Svensson’s previous victory this year, which came in a playoff at the 2021 Club Car Championship at The Landings Club, he played the final 10 holes of regulation at 5-under par. This time around, he played the last 10 holes of regulation at even par.

“I’m just very excited I did win this week, especially playing out here,” Svensson said. “You’ve got to hit the ball well, you’ve got to put it in spots, and just knowing that I played the golf course correctly is pretty cool.”

Svensson starred at Barry University and won the 2013-14 NCAA Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award as a sophomore; he turned professional in February 2015, the spring of his junior season, and won the 2015 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament’s Final Stage by seven strokes in December. It would be two Korn Ferry Tour seasons before Svensson’s first victory, though. A win at the 2018 The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club propelled Svensson to a 14th-place finish on the regular season money list and a PGA TOUR promotion.

The Canadian finished 167th in the 2019 FedExCup standings, sending him back to the Korn Ferry Tour for what became the 2020-21 season. Svensson secured a return trip to the PGA TOUR two weeks ago, as he finished 11th in the regular season points standings.

“I’m definitely excited to see where my game’s at on the PGA TOUR,” Svensson said. “My goal is to win on the PGA TOUR. Everyone wants to win on the PGA TOUR, but I think a bigger goal for me is consistent golf, so just always playing well, always in the hunt. You do that, you’ll eventually end up winning.”

Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., finished tied for 10th, while Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver finished tied for 18th, and Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., finished tied for 34th.

Five other players secured PGA TOUR cards by crossing the 210-point threshold the Korn Ferry Tour is currently using as its fail-safe number for players to finish inside The Finals 25.

Bronson Burgoon rose to the top spot in The Finals 25 with a T2, securing a return to the PGA TOUR via the Korn Ferry Tour for the fourth time. The 34-year-old Texas A&M University alum previously earned a TOUR card via the 2015 regular season standings and the 2017 and 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

Alex Smalley, a 24-year-old Duke University alum, secured his first PGA TOUR card with a T4. The Greensboro, North Carolina resident made four TOUR starts during the 2021 season, logging a pair of top-25s, a T29, and a T47.

Callum Tarren, a 30-year-old native of Darlington, England, jumped to fifth in The Finals 25 with a T4. It will be the first trip to the PGA TOUR for Tarren, who turned professional in 2014, won the 2018 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit to earn Korn Ferry Tour status for the first time, and needed to earn starts for the 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season via Q School.

Vincent Whaley, a 26-year-old Georgia Tech alum, will play his third consecutive PGA TOUR season following a T4 Sunday. Whaley previously earned a PGA TOUR card via a 25th-place finish in the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour regular season points standings.

Scott Gutschewski is headed back to the PGA TOUR for the first time since 2011. The 44-year-old logged a T10 at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Chevron, and rose to a T18 Sunday with a final- round 4-under 67. The Omaha, Nebraska native previously earned PGA TOUR cards via the Korn Ferry Tour in 2005, 2008, and 2010.

“Everybody keeps getting younger and it’s just, it’s hard,” Gutschewski said. “It’s about all I can say. It’s not all I want to say, but that’s about all I can say. It’s just really hard. I can’t really compose myself, but, I mean, this is why we do it.

“I talked (my wife) into flying out and driving down to Evansville with me, so that will be fun. We’ll have a little celebration and it will be a fun drive.”

The three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals conclude with next week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance at Victoria National Golf Club in Evansville, Indiana.