The 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Championship, presented by United Leasing, is happening this week at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana.
The field of 75 Korn Ferry Tour players will battle it out, hoping to find themselves inside the top 30 at the conclusion of the four-day event. Those players sitting inside the top 30 will earn their PGA Tour playing privileges for next season.
Last year, Justin Suh shot a four-day score of 267 (21-under par) en route to a two-stroke victory over runner-up Austin Eckroat. The win was Suh’s first and only KFT victory but catapulted him to the PGA Tour, where he finished 81st on the FedEx Cup points list.
Suh, a standout golfer at the University of Southern Cal, finished the season ranked no. 1 in the season-long points race, earning him full status for the 2022-23 PGA Tour.
Prior to the 2023 season, the KFT Championship featured the top 75 players from the KFT money list, along with players ranked 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s money list. That changed this year with the introduction of the PGA Tour Fall golf events.
Let’s get into our Korn Ferry Tour Championship predictions below.
Victoria National Golf Club
The private 18-hole golf course sits just seven miles outside the city of Evansville, Indiana. The Tom Fazio-designed layout was established in 1998 and has hosted the KFT Championship since 2019. Over the last four years, the average winning score of the tournament has been around 20-under par.
The layout of the golf course is carved out of abandoned coal mines and is annually rated one of the top 100 courses in the United States. When making your Korn Ferry Tour picks, keep in mind that water is a prevalent hazard on the property, with over 500 million gallons throughout the layout.
The tees, fairways, and greens are of Bent grass, and the par-72 course stretches over 7,200 yards from the furthest of six tee boxes.
Korn Ferry Tour Championship Field
The cream has risen to the top, and of the 75 players fighting for the $1,500,000 dollar purse, 59 are battling it out for the remaining 14 PGA Tour cards. The who’s who of this season’s KFT will be in action for the Tour’s season finale, led by Ben Kohles. Kohles (1,795.302 points) is no. 1 on the points list, 246.44 points clear of Chan Kim (1,548.862) in second.
The most drama will come from those players ranked just inside or just outside the top 30. Players like Chase Seiffert (no. 28), Shad Tuten (no. 29), Jackson Suber (no. 30), Roger Sloan (no. 31), Wilson Furr (no. 32), Trace Crowe (no. 33), and Josh Teater (no. 34) are fighting over four days for a chance to alter their careers.
The last five players in the tournament include Fabian Gomez (no. 71), Brandon Harkins (no. 72), John Augenstein (no. 73), Patrick Welch (no. 74), and Brian Campbell (no. 75).
Korn Ferry Tour Championship Predictions
Adrien Dumont de Chassart
Dumont de Chassart wrapped up a stellar collegiate career at the University of Illinois and immediately broke through on the KFT by winning his first professional event.
The Belgian is our favorite Korn Ferry Tour prediction this week, even with missing his last two cuts, but six-straight finishes inside the top 10 to begin his KFT career has him primed for the PGA Tour next year.
Another former USC star, Hoey, is looking to join Suh as a KFT Championship winner. He’s already locked up his Tour card for next season, but the 28-year-old is aiming to capture his second KFT victory of the season.
Sitting 11th on the points list, Knapp has played well enough this year to earn status on the PGA Tour next season. The 29-year-old hasn’t won yet this year but finished inside the top 10 in five of his last nine starts; his golf stats this season have him knocking on the door.