Korn Ferry Tour Championship is the primary avenue to the PGA Tour membership for the vast majority of players. It is owned and operated by the PGA TOUR. Sponsored by Korn Ferry, which is a global organizational consulting firm based in Los Angeles. KF Tour is referred to as a minor golf league or developmental tour. The Korn Ferry Tour consists of a series of Cross-Year Season Tournaments.
The Ferry Tour was founded in 1990 and since it was launched, it was then known, as the Ben Hogan Tour. Different umbrella sponsorships have determined the name of the circuit. The other Tour names have been the Nike Tour, Buy.com Tour, Nationwide Tour, Web.com. The KF Tour is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour and is seen as the primary pathway for those seeking to gain PGA Tour status.
The Korn Ferry Tour features professional golfers and a mix of college players, PGA Tour members who have lost their exempt status and pros in between. It is the world’s top professional golf developmental program, serving as the proving ground for up-and-coming golfers that compete for the 50 new PGA Tour cards assigned each year. Q-school, the former method of qualifying for the PGA tour, is now the means to qualify for the KF Tour.
Korn Ferry players have won 549 times on the PGA Tour, including 24 majors. To win on the Korn Ferry requires a lot of birdies and eagles. Korn Ferry graduates include World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els, David Duval, Bubba Watson, John Daly, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Tom Lehman, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland.
Since 2013, the tour’s “regular season” is followed by the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, a series of tournaments that is the main method of earning PGA Tour membership.
The top 25 on the final regular season points list earn PGA Tour cards for the next season. The top 75, combined with Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points list, play in the Korn Ferry Finals, a three-tournament series to determine 25 more cards based on performance in those tournaments. Later in the fall, the Ferry national qualifier fills the roster of players for the coming season.