Robby Shelton wins final Korn Ferry Tour regular season as 25 PGA Tour cards solidified | Golf News and Tour Information

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Robby Shelton punctuated his return to the PGA Tour on Sunday by winning the Pinnacle Bank Championship, beating Englishman Ben Taylor in one fell swoop. But the PGA Tour’s 25-card race – the tournament within the tournament as the Korn Ferry Tour’s final regular season event – ​​never left the starting gate.

Shelton, 26, shot a six-under 65 to pass Taylor, one of three 54-hole co-leaders, and finished 17-under 267 at the Indian Creek Club in Omaha, Neb. , to reclaim his fourth career Korn Ferry Tour title and second of the year. He and Taylor, who closed with a 68, are among seven players who will regain their status on the PGA Tour for the 2022-23 season.

Taylor, 30, had a putt to equalize on the 72nd hole, but his 20-foot birdie try veered left.

“It means so much to me to see my game moving in the right direction,” said Shelton, who collected $135,000 and finished second to China’s Carl Yuan in the season points standings.

Among the 16 rookies advancing is Las Vegas native Taylor Montgomery, who was the odd man twice last year, finishing 26th in the regular season and Finals. One of three 54-hole co-leaders with Taylor and Philip Knowles, Montgomery was lucky to win his first Korn Ferry Tour title until a quadruple bogey 8 on the par-4 12th knocked him out of a tie with Shelton. Still, he easily secured fifth place overall after finishing tied for third in shooting 69.

Yuan finished fifth after a 68 to become the third Chinese player to earn a tour card.

The tournament started with the top 15 players on the leaderboard having already gotten their cards, and England’s Harry Hall took another card off the table by making the cut, leaving nine up for grabs this weekend. There were jockeys and shuffles, but in the end the top 25 held out. The drama there was, aside from Shelton’s win, was provided by North Carolina’s Trevor Cone, who bugged three of his first five holes and fell below the magic number. He needed to birdie his last two holes to get back above water, and he did just that for a par 71.

“I had no idea. Obviously I knew I had to play better after those first four or five holes,” said Cone, who finished tied for 34th at six-under 278.

Anders Albertson was the last man despite missing the cut. He started Week 21 but survived as Brandon Harkins, who came in 26, stayed there after a closing 70 left him at 278 and T-34.

The only significant move happened lower in the battle for the top 75, good for full KFT status next year and a place in the KFT Finals, where another 25 PGA Tour cards are available in a series of three events. in which PGA Tour players who finished 126-200 in the FedEx Cup standings also compete. The finals begin Thursday at the Albertsons Boise Open in Boise, Idaho.

Two players have rallied to move inside the line. Knowles, the joint third-round leader, would have earned his homer card with a win, but he shot 71 and finished T-10 at 271. It still allowed him to improve 21 spots to 66th. Xinjun Zhang, who lost his PGA Tour card in 2021, bugged three of his last six but still finished with a 68 for a T-16 and moved up 12 places to 71st.

Chris Baker, who missed the cut, fell three places but clung to the last exempt position. Among the players sent off was Sam Saunders, grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, who was on the bubble but fell three places to 78th.

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