PGA TOUR Announces 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Schedule
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2019-10-17
The PGA TOUR announced the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour schedule, which features 28 tournaments played in 20 states and four countries outside the United States, with the season culminating with the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in August.
The 28 total events are the most since 2010 and will include $18,850,000 in official prize money, the largest figure on the Korn Ferry Tour in over a decade.
In addition to announcing the 2020 schedule, a new host was announced on Tuesday for The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on Great Abaco, the event will now be contested in Nassau at Baha Mar’s Royal Blue Golf Club. All proceeds from the newly named Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at Baha Mar will go towards Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in The Bahamas. The tournament will be held the week of January 16-22, a week after The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay opens the 2020 season.
The Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar is a 2017 Jack Nicklaus Signature design, his first layout in The Bahamas. The Baha Mar resort is a 1,000-acre resort complex on the island of New Providence, northwest of The Bahamas’ capital, Nassau.
The Korn Ferry Tour will welcome four new events to the 2020 calendar.
|Date||Tournament Name||Course Name||Location|
|March 23-29||Lake Charles Championship||The Country Club at the Golden Nugget||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|April 13-19||Veritex Bank Championship||Texas Rangers Golf Club||Arlington, Texas|
|April 20-26||Huntsville Championship||The Ledges Golf Club||Huntsville, Alabama|
|June 8-14||Live + Work in Maine Open||Falmouth Country Club||Falmouth, Maine|
“The Korn Ferry Tour has a track record, second-to-none, in developing the next wave of stars, and we’re excited to see that momentum continue with the unveiling of the 2020 schedule,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “With an increased focus on growing our tournaments and purses, we remain confident in the Korn Ferry Tour’s ability to attract the game’s best young players.”
The season-long chase for 50 available PGA TOUR cards encompasses a 25-event Regular Season that runs from The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay in January through the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz in August, before giving way to the eighth annual Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which will consist of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco (Aug. 10-16), Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (Aug. 17-23), and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance (Aug. 24-30).
Other 2020 season highlights include the return of the El Bosque Mexico Championship by INNOVA to the schedule in March and a new venue at the Visit Knoxville Open. The Visit Knoxville Open, one of the original four tournaments from the Korn Ferry Tour’s inaugural 1990 season, will move to Donald Ross-designed Holston Hills Country Club for the first time.
“We are excited to launch our first full season with Korn Ferry as our umbrella partner,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “Their dedication and investment in our players mirrors our efforts to continue growing the Korn Ferry Tour by offering a world-class tournament experience for our membership, partners and fans.”
Seven events will air on GOLF Channel, including all three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events. Tournament programming is distributed in 80+ countries and territories via TV linear channels, with live broadcast available in 222 countries and territories via GOLFTV Powered by PGA TOUR.
For more information on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season, please visit PGATOUR.com.