A record total prize pool of $28 million is being highlighted next year’s Korn Ferry Tour season, which the PGA Tour announced Tuesday will feature 26 events each with a purse of at least $1 million (compared to the minimum at $750,000 last season).
The increase in prize money is due to a radical change in the basic development scheme of the Tour. Notable details the Tour revealed earlier this year include an overhaul of Q-School, which will offer PGA Tour cards for the first time since 2012, and an update to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which returns to four events in 2023 but will no longer be a separate race.
Instead, the finals will offer increased purses ($1.5 million) and points as players battle it out for 30 PGA Tour cards to be handed out based on the season’s points race. The fields will also decrease as the final continues:
- 156 players – Albertsons Boise Open, August 24-27.
- 144 players – Simmons Bank Open, September 14-17.
- 120 players – National Children’s Hospital Championship, September 21-24.
- 70 players (no cuts) – KFT Championship October 5-8
The season will start, as usual, in January, but, unlike previous years, will last until October. The extended calendar, according to KFT president Alex Baldwin, will give the tour “natural breaks” in its schedule, although it’s worth noting that the US Open (June 15-18) still has no days off, which many KFT members are trying to do. and qualify – and shorten the off-season to the start of the 2024 PGA Tour season, the first no-record season since 2013.
The upcoming campaign will also include three new tournaments, including one in Chile.
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds of the final, as well as the BMW Charity Pro-Am (June 8-11) and the Utah State Championship (August 3-6).
“I’m thrilled with the momentum we’ll bring to the next chapter of our tour history,” Baldwin said in a press release.
Here is the full schedule:
Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
Great Exuma, Bahamas
Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
Great Abaco, Bahamas
Panama City, Panama
Astara Golf Championship
Club Car Championship
March 30 – April two
Astara Chile Classic
Veritex Bank Championship
LECOM Suncoast Classic
Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
HomeTown Lenders Championship
Kansas City, Missouri
Visit Knoxville Open
UNC Health Championship
Raleigh, North Carolina
Charity BMW Pro-Am
Greer, South Carolina
Compliance Solutions Championship
June 29-July 2
Memorial Health Championship
Charity Price Drop Championship
Pinnacle Bank Championship
Jackson Township, New Jersey
Albertsons Boise Open (final)
Simmons Bank Open (final)
College Grove, Tennessee.
Champion of the All-Russian Children’s Hospital. (The final)
Korn Ferry Tour Championship (final)