NEWBURGH, Ind. — Justin Suh already has his PGA Tour card locked up and closed the season with a 4-under 68 Sunday to gain a few more advantages at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
Suh finished the regular season and three Quentin Korn Ferry Tour finals in the rankings, meaning the former University of Southern California star is completely exempt from the PGA Tour next year and has earned a spot in the US Open and The Players Championship. .
But this was as much about players trying to earn a PGA Tour card.
Oklahoma State star Austin Eckroat needed a big finish to earn a chance to earn one of the 25 cards from the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He shot 68 to finish second behind Suh in a big way.
Others who made big moves in the finals to secure a PGA Tour card include Eric Cole, whose parents both played on tour (Bobby Cole on the PGA Tour, Laura Baugh on the LPGA Tour); Nicolas Echavarria of Colombia; and Toya Gano of Argentina.
Kyle Westmoreland, who spent five years in the Air Force, was ranked 25th by tight end Joey Garber.
The PGA Tour season begins Sept. 15 at the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, and Suh will be going big.
“I’m excited to prove to myself that I can win,” Suh said.
It’s considered a strong post-college class in 2019, including Colin Morikawa, Victor Hovland and Matthew Wolfe, all of whom have hit quickly. Suh wrestled, never got the card and spent the last few years promoting his game on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The US Open exemption is new this year. Equally valuable is not being subject to various changes to the scoreboard, which can quickly increase good play.
Among the players returning to the PGA Tour was 46-year-old Ryan Armour, who entered the week at No. 30 and had a 67-65 weekend for fifth place.
Eckroat, Cole, Echavarria and Goya are among the 12 players who made it to the Korn Ferry Tour finals and will be rookies on the PGA Tour next season.
The 50 players who earn a card from the finals or regular season will receive $500,000 from the PGA Tour at the start of the season as part of the new “Income Assurance Program.” That counts against their income until they exceed that amount, this program is designed to make sure no one loses money.