COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Korn Ferry Tour Finals expand to four events in 2023 and will feature an elimination format similar to the current FedEx Cup Qualifiers.
Officials of the Children’s Hospital National Championship, the final held annually at Ohio State University Golf Club, confirmed the change in format on Tuesday along with an increase in the purse from $1 million to $1.5 million. million dollars for each post-season tournament. The Korn Ferry Tour regular season events will increase from $750,000 to $1 million each.
It was previously announced that the 2023 season would conclude with the awarding of 30 PGA Tour cards at the end of the Finals, which would consist of fields comprised solely of Korn Ferry players. The first of four events in the finals will feature 156 players from KFT, the second 144 and the third, the Nationwide Children’s, will feature 120 players. Seventy-five players will advance to the final scheduled for late September at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.
Under the current format, 25 PGA Tour cards are awarded during the KFT regular season and another 25 are awarded in a series of three finals featuring a mixed group of the top 75 players from the Korn Ferry Tour points list and players who have completed Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup standings. The Nationwide Children’s is traditionally the second of three events in the finals.
“We look forward to the evolution of the Korn Ferry Tour to come in 2023 and our inclusion in one of the four final events,” said Tournament Director Kip McBride. “This will be the start of a new chapter for the National Children’s Hospital Championship, and the high status of the event will provide additional excitement for the players and our fans.”
The process for awarding Korn Ferry Tour PGA Tour cards is changing due to the PGA Tour ending its split schedule in 2023 and returning to an annual schedule that begins in January 2024. The PGA Tour has last held its entire season in a calendar year in 2013.
Additional PGA Tour cards are being made available to the top 10 DP World Tour players as part of their strategic alliance expansion following the creation of the new LIV Golf Invitational series. The PGA Tour is also reinstating its qualifying tournament, where the top five finishers and ties will earn their membership.
The National Children’s Hospital Championship is expected to surpass $20 million in charitable donations at this year’s event, August 25-28, the highest on the Development Tour.