More Korn Ferry Tour

Quick Facts
Golf Course: Victoria National Golf Club (Par 72, 7,242 yards)
Course Designer: Tom Fazio (1998)
Purse: $1,000,000 (Winner: $180,000 / 1,000 points)

Field Overview (as of August 28)

  • 64 Korn Ferry Tour winners with 99 victories
  • 18 PGA TOUR winners with 42 victories

This week’s field will include the following players:

  • The top-75 point leaders on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List.
  • Players who finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings.
  • Non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points based on their performance on the PGA TOUR to place them 126-200 on that points list.
  • Players competing on PGA TOUR medical extensions.

Local Players in the Field

Chris Baker leads the local contingent of players in the field this week. Baker grew up a few hours away from Evansville in Brownstown, Indiana. Prior to turning professional, he attended Iowa State University where he was a standout on the men’s golf team. At the conclusion of this year’s Regular Season, Baker entered the week in Portland at No. 24 on the points list and left at No. 26, just 43 points shy of the final card. He looks to redeem himself this week and secure his first PGA TOUR card in his home state.

Joining Baker in the field this week are Steve Wheatcroft and Chase Wright, who played their college golf at Indiana University. Wheatcroft enters the week ranked T80 in The Finals 25 and needs a solid showing to earn his 2019-20 PGA TOUR card. The 41-year-old has made nine cuts in 22 Korn Ferry Tour starts this season and earned a T2 finish at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Wright, who spent last season on the PGA TOUR, needs a strong finish to have a chance at regaining PGA TOUR status for the 2019-20 season. The 30-year-old finished the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season ranked 156th in the FedExCup standings. During the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour season, Wright had five top-10s and a victory en route to earning his PGA TOUR card. 

Past Champions

YearChampionScoresTo ParMargin
2018Denny McCarthy64-65-67-65 – 261-234
2017Jonathan Byrd64-65-64-67 – 260-244
2015Emiliano Grillo66-64-67-69 – 266-141
2014Derek Fathauer65-66-67-68 – 266-141
2013Chesson Hadley65-66-70-69 – 270-102
2012Justin Bolli65-71-67-65 – 268-162
2011Ken Duke72-68-70-68 – 278-102
2010Brendan Steele*66-71-65-73 – 275-13Playoff
2009Matt Every70-63-67-67 – 267-213
2008Matt Bettencourt68-67-63-69 – 267-171
2007Richard Johnson66-64-67-67 – 264-201
2006Craig Kanada73-64-72-66 – 275-131
2005David Branshaw71-65-69-71 – 276-122
2004Nick Watney69-64-71-69 – 273-153
2003Chris Couch66-67-65-72 – 270-183
2002Patrick Moore71-69-66 – 206-102
2001Pat Bates71-72-72-69 – 284-43
2000Spike McRoy74-64-65-69 – 272-165
1999Bob Heintz*68-68-75-72 – 283-5Playoff
1998Bob Burns73-69-67-74 – 283-53
1997Steve Flesch69-68-68-73 – 278-104
1996Stewart Cink66-71-71-73 – 281-74
1995Allen Doyle*72-68-72-71 – 283-5Playoff
1994Mike Schuchart69-67-68-73 – 277-71
1993David Duval69-68-72-68 – 277-71

   *Playoff Victory

By the Numbers: Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance

Tournament Record (18 holes): 59 (-12), 2017 – Sam Saunders – First Round

Tournament Record (72 holes): 260 (-24), 2018 – Jonathan Byrd 

By the Numbers: Victoria National Golf Club

Hardest hole (2018): No. 14 (par 4, 471 yards) – 4.583 average, 172 bogeys, 47 double bogeys or worse

Easiest hole (2018): No. 9 (par 5, 558 yards) – 4.692 average, eight eagles, 167 birdies

Tournament Record (18 holes): 63 (-9), 2016 – Sebastián Vázquez – Second Round

Tournament Record (72 holes): 276 (-12), 2016 – Seamus Power

Top Five to Watch

  • Matthew NeSmith – The 25-year-old converted a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco to earn his first Korn Ferry Tour title and PGA TOUR card. NeSmith now leads The Finals 25 heading into this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
  • Scottie Scheffler – The University of Texas product heads to Victoria National holding the top spot in The 25. Scheffler is coming off a T11 finish in Boise and a win two weeks ago at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus.
  • Kevin Dougherty – Last season, Dougherty came within inches of earning his PGA TOUR card. Entering this week, the 28-year-old is ranked 21st in the Finals 25 and can secure his 2019-20 TOUR card with a strong finish in Evansville.
  • Doug Ghim – Ghim enters the week ranked 29th in The Finals 25. The 23-year-old looks to lock up his spot on TOUR with a good showing this week.  
  • Charlie Saxon – The Oklahoma University alum contended into the weekend at the Albertsons Boise Open, finishing T11, and stands T23 on The Finals 25 as he looks to earn his first TOUR card with a good performance in Indiana.

Chase for The Finals 25

A new points system has been put in place to replace the Korn Ferry Tour Finals money list as the way to earn one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the end of the Finals. At the conclusion of this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing, the top-25 point earners will earn their PGA TOUR cards. The top player in The Finals 25 will earn fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2019-20 and an exemption into THE PLAYERS Championship.

RankNamePoints
1.Matthew NeSmith1,019
2.Brandon Hagy700
3.Viktor Hovland620
4.Brendon Todd499
5.Beau Hossler482

The 25: Combined Regular Season and Finals Race

While the top-25 players during the Regular Season have already earned their PGA TOUR cards at the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open, those players still have plenty to compete for during the Finals. The players will compete for priority within The 25 entering the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season, while the top players are competing to secure the top spot and fully exempt status on TOUR next year. The No. 1 player in The 25 following the conclusion of the Finals will also earn an exemption into the 2020 PLAYERS Championship.

RankNamePoints
1.Scottie Scheffler2,780
2.Xinjun Zhang2,028
3.Robby Shelton1,788
4.Harry Higgs1,491
5.Mark Hubbard1,410