The 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals playoff format has changed several times since the concept was introduced, and the Korn Ferry Tour Finals playoff format that is now in use began with the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season.
Explaining the Korn Ferry Tour Finals playoff format means explaining how players earn Korn Ferry Tour Finals points, advance to the Korn Ferry Tour Championship playoffs, and then convert the points earned into a PGA Tour card.
Korn Ferry Tour 2021 final qualifying format
How to qualify
As has been the case since the start of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, there are four groups from which players qualify for the three-event series:
- Top 75 Korn Ferry Tour Points Rankings After Final Regular Season Event, Pinnacle Bank Championship
- Players who finished between 126th and 200th in the final regular season FedEx Cup standings at the end of the Wyndham Championship, the final event of the regular season
- Players who would have finished between 126th and 200th in the final regular season FedEx Cup points list if they were members of the PGA Tour
- Players playing on an injury bye or overtime
The entire Korn Ferry Tour regular season leads to the Korn Ferry Tour finals playoffs. For each regular Korn Ferry Tour event, the winner earns 500 Korn Ferry Tour Finals points. Points are earned by each player who makes the cut. The top 75 players in the standings at the end of the regular season advance to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
The top 25 players in the Korn Ferry Tour rankings after the regular season are guaranteed PGA Tour cards for next season. However, points earned during the regular season and Korn Ferry Tour Finals are added together to determine the order of priority tournaments use to determine who competes in PGA Tour events.
All points for regular season PGA Tour events are counted at the end of the regular season, which is held during the Wyndham Championship. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup rankings at the end of this tournament advance to the FedEx Cup qualifiers. The next 75 players advance to the Korn Ferry Tour final, with players finishing 126th to 150th earning conditional status on the PGA Tour next season, regardless of what happens in the final.
For players who finished 27th to 75th on the Korn Ferry Tour points list, players who finished 126th to 200th on the FedEx Cup regular season points list and those who have otherwise earned their spot in the series of three events, there is a list of points for the final. The top 25 players on the points list at the end of the series earn PGA Tour cards for the next season (with better-than-conditional status) and are prioritized based on the final Korn Ferry Tour Finals ranking.
Korn Ferry Tour Finals Playoff Events and Cups
Three Korn Ferry Tour finals elimination rounds will be played (instead of four previously). The Korn Ferry Tour Finals playoffs are all open to players who qualify for the series. Points are doubled from regular season events, with a winner earning 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour Finals points.
The three events are the Albertsons Boise Open, the National Children’s Hospital Championship and the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
Who gets the Korn Ferry Tour final PGA Tour cards
There are two separate point lists for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals:
- whichever determines the top 25 Korn Ferry Tour Finals winnings for players ranked between 26th and 75th in the Korn Ferry Tour regular season and numbers 126-200 in the PGA Regular Season FedEx Cup Points List Tour, as well as others who qualified for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals via medical extensions or non-member FedEx Cup points
- whoever decides the initial PGA Tour order of priority for the top 25 players on Korn Ferry Tour regular season points
The winners of these two point lists are fully exempt for the upcoming season and earn a place in the Players’ Championship and are exempt from the PGA Tour reshuffle.
All other players are subject to reshuffle and are given an alternating order of priority, starting from the top 25 in the Korn Ferry Tour regular season and the top 25 in the Korn Ferry Tour finals.