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.
|2018||Denny McCarthy||64-65-67-65 – 261||-23||4|
|2017||Jonathan Byrd||64-65-64-67 – 260||-24||4|
|2015||Emiliano Grillo||66-64-67-69 – 266||-14||1|
|2014||Derek Fathauer||65-66-67-68 – 266||-14||1|
|2013||Chesson Hadley||65-66-70-69 – 270||-10||2|
|2012||Justin Bolli||65-71-67-65 – 268||-16||2|
|2011||Ken Duke||72-68-70-68 – 278||-10||2|
|2010||Brendan Steele*||66-71-65-73 – 275||-13||Playoff|
|2009||Matt Every||70-63-67-67 – 267||-21||3|
|2008||Matt Bettencourt||68-67-63-69 – 267||-17||1|
|2007||Richard Johnson||66-64-67-67 – 264||-20||1|
|2006||Craig Kanada||73-64-72-66 – 275||-13||1|
|2005||David Branshaw||71-65-69-71 – 276||-12||2|
|2004||Nick Watney||69-64-71-69 – 273||-15||3|
|2003||Chris Couch||66-67-65-72 – 270||-18||3|
|2002||Patrick Moore||71-69-66 – 206||-10||2|
|2001||Pat Bates||71-72-72-69 – 284||-4||3|
|2000||Spike McRoy||74-64-65-69 – 272||-16||5|
|1999||Bob Heintz*||68-68-75-72 – 283||-5||Playoff|
|1998||Bob Burns||73-69-67-74 – 283||-5||3|
|1997||Steve Flesch||69-68-68-73 – 278||-10||4|
|1996||Stewart Cink||66-71-71-73 – 281||-7||4|
|1995||Allen Doyle*||72-68-72-71 – 283||-5||Playoff|
|1994||Mike Schuchart||69-67-68-73 – 277||-7||1|
|1993||David Duval||69-68-72-68 – 277||-7||1|
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.
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.