Here are 5 things to know about the Korn Ferry Tour ahead of the 2023 season, which kicks off on Sunday.

Here are 5 things to know about the Korn Ferry Tour ahead of the 2023 season, which kicks off on Sunday.

The 33rd season of the Korn Ferry Tour kicks off Sunday in the Bahamas. You read that right, the first event of the 2023 season starts on Sunday.

With news season comes bigger purses, new tournaments, lots of new faces and the chance to earn a PGA Tour card.

The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay introduces a new wave of golfers looking to earn their cards for the 2023-24 season.

“The ultimate proving ground, the Korn Ferry Tour continues to identify, groom and transition golf’s next stars to compete on the PGA Tour,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.

Here’s a look at what you need to know ahead of the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season.

interesting names

Bermuda Butterfield Championship 2022

Bermuda Butterfield Championship 2022

Akshay Bhatia plays his shot from the 10th tee during the second round of the 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

When looking at interesting names in KFT for the 2023 season, there are plenty that stand out.

Akshay Bhatia, who won the season-opening event last year, finished 30th on the final points list. Before turning pro, he was a heralded junior and amateur star. He will look to build last year.

Another name is Willie Mack III, who earned his status on the Korn Ferry Tour after passing the final stage of Q-School. He was a star on the APGA Tour and has numerous mini tour victories, but now he is one step closer to earning a PGA Tour card.

Norman Xiong, a former Haskins Award winner, won the Wichita Open last year at 26-under, the second-lowest score in KFT history. He has full status this year and will look to find the spark in him again.

Chris Gotterup, the reigning Haskins Award winner, tied for seventh at the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour and had a dominant senior season at Oklahoma last year. He is poised for a stellar season.

A look at the calendar / new events

Victoria National Golf Course

Victoria National Golf Course

Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh, Indiana.

There are 26 tournaments scheduled in 18 states and five countries for the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season. The Korn Ferry Tour Championship will conclude in October.

With stops in the Bahamas, Panama, Colombia and a new one in Chile, Korn Ferry Tour professionals will be able to travel a lot.

The Astara Chile Classic is the first new event in Santiago, scheduled from March 30 to April 2. Then comes the Compliance Solutions Championship at Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma, June 22-25. Then, the last week before the Finals of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour is the Magnit Championship at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

purse increases

Korn Ferry Tour Championship

Korn Ferry Tour Championship

A golf flag at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Speaking of new tournaments, players will be competing for more prize money this year.

In 2023, members of the Korn Ferry Tour will compete for $28 million in prize money, representing the highest purse in Tour history and an increase of 37.6% over the previous season (20.35 million dollars in 2022).

When it was founded in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour (1990-92), the Korn Ferry Tour put up a total purse of $3 million across 30 total events, averaging $100,000 per tournament.

championship schedule

The finals of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour will kick off August 24-27 at the Albertsons Boise Open presented. Players will then head to a bonus event, the Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation at The Grove in College Grove, Tennessee, from September 14-17.

The penultimate event is the Children’s Hospital National Championship at Ohio State Golf Club’s Scarlet Course from September 21-24. Two weeks later, the finals conclude at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, October 5-8.

The fields will go from 156-144-120-75.

Who wins the PGA Tour cards?

The revamped Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which previously referred to the final three events of the season in which the top 75 on the Korn Ferry Tour and numbers 126-200 in the FedEx Cup standings competed for 25 Tour cards, now they refer to the final four. season events, where members of the Korn Ferry Tour will compete for larger prize pools ($1.5 million) and point allocations, while field sizes will be reduced in a similar fashion to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.

In 2023, the Korn Ferry Tour will no longer have a separate points list for the regular season and the Korn Ferry Tour Finals; the 26-event schedule will have a season-long points list to award 30 PGA Tour cards.

The No. 1 player on the final 2023 Korn Ferry Tour points list will still earn a bye for the Players Championship and US Open in 2024.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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