Viktor Hovland begins sizzling at Korn Ferry Tour Finals
Viktor Hovland could have discovered himself on the BMW Championship reasonably than the Nationwide Youngsters’s Hospital Championship and the primary spherical of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals this weekend had his all of his PGA Tour expertise in 2019 counted within the FedEx Cup Standings.
Or possibly not.
Hovland’s T-12 end on the U.S. Open shortly earlier than he turned skilled didn’t rely towards his FedEx Cup factors. Nor did his different two top-40 finishes as an beginner.
After all, Hovland would have needed to qualify for U.S. Open by means of regional qualifying had he turned professional. This dilemma was hopefully solved for future when the USGA modified the principles for U.S. Amatuer champions who want to flip professional and use their exemption to play within the Open.
So whereas he put collectively 4 finishes T-16 or higher since June — together with a fourth-place end on the Wyndham Championship in early August — Hovland is as a substitute competing for a PGA Tour card within the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, a three-tournament playoff-type construction.
Hovland has come out firing within the first spherical of the Nationwide Youngsters’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio. The Oklahoma State product holds a Share of the lead with Cameron Percy at 7-under 64.
Hovland sank three birdies on the entrance 9 earlier than occurring a tear on the again half of Ohio State College’s Scarlet Course.
On the par-five 12th gap, Hovland was left smiling when his lengthy putt discovered the underside of the cup for eagle. And whereas he bogeyed 14, he birdied his ultimate three holes Thursday to enter the clubhouse on prime.
There are 50 PGA Tour playing cards obtainable every season by means of the Korn Ferry Tour. The primary 25 go robotically to those that completed within the top-25 level locations from the Korn Ferry common season.
The final 25 Tour playing cards are doled out primarily based on the Korn Ferry Finals.
The highest 75 gamers from the Korn Ferry Tour, golfers who ranked Nos. 126 to 200 on the FedEx Cup factors record — lacking out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs — and non-PGA Tour members who would have made it into the 126 to 200 vary are all invited to the Korn Ferry Finals.
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