The Korn Ferry Tour confirmed Monday its consecutive St. Johns County tournaments set for June, at Dye’s Valley and the King & the Bear.
The Korn Ferry Tour officially confirmed changes to the schedule with five fall events that will be part of a one-time combined, wraparound 2020-21 season.
As reported last week by the Times-Union, that schedule will include two consecutive events on the First Coast in June.
The restart to the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season will begin with the Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley in Ponte Vedra Beach. The event will be followed by a second event in Northeast Florida at The King & Bear Course at World Golf Village. This new tournament takes the place of the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth, which will move to one of the newly created fall dates.
The newly created 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will bridge two seasons and conclude with 25 PGA Tour cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
Among them is a new event at Orange County National in Orlando, which will be the last event of the year, Oct. 8-11.
The four other added events were all on the original 2020 schedule but were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus: the Lincoln Land Championship, Evans Scholars Invitational, Wichita Open and Savannah Golf Championship. Instead, they have been scheduled between Sept. 3 and Oct. 4, with no Korn Ferry event held during the week of the rescheduled U.S. Open (Sept. 17-20).
The announcement of a fall schedule comes after the PGA Tour announced last week that, due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation or postponement of 13 events from the 2019-20 Tour season, eligibility has been extended for exempt 2019-20 PGA Tour members for the 2020-21 season.
These adjustments mean the Korn Ferry Tour won’t have a graduating class in 2020; however, the Tour has established a performance benefit for the top 10 from the Korn Ferry Tour points list following the conclusion of the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Those players will be granted access into all PGA Tour events for the 2020-21 season.
With six events completed through the El Bosque Mexico Championship, the remaining 2020 schedule now consists of 23 events. Korn Ferry Tour events to be contested in 2021 as part of the combined 2020-21 schedule will be announced later this year.
“While we won’t have the opportunity to graduate a Korn Ferry Tour Class in 2020, we feel our reimagined wraparound schedule – with newly created playing opportunities – is the best solution to our season that has been disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin.
The Lincoln Land Championship in Springfield, Illinois, will move from the week of July 13-19 to one of the new fall dates, which leaves the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in Springfield, Missouri, as the first of six events on the original 2020 calendar that will remain as scheduled through the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
In addition to the Lincoln Land Championship and the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth, the Evans Scholars Invitational in Chicago, and the Savannah Golf Championship in Savannah, Georgia, were also rescheduled for the new fall season.