Activities Sports & Athletics Korn Ferry Tour Finals A Primer on the Path to PGA Tour Membership Share PINTEREST Email Print Stacy Revere/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Tournaments Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated September 05, 2019 The Korn Ferry Tour Finals is a series of tournaments played at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour "regular season," and after the conclusion of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup "regular season." At the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, a total of 50 PGA Tour cards is awarded, meaning that those golfers earn varying levels of membership on the PGA Tour for the following season. The Korn Ferry Tour Finals began in 2013, replacing PGA Tour Q-School as the primary path to PGA Tour membership. (A Q-School is still played, but awards memberships to the Korn Ferry Tour rather than to the PGA Tour). The Korn Ferry Tour is the PGA Tour's developmental circuit, what in the past was called the Web.com Tour (and several other names going back farther). Who Gets to Play in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals? Here is the breakdown: The Top 75 players on the Korn Ferry Tour money list. The golfers who finished 126-200 on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list (in other words, those PGA Tour members who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs). Plus any PGA Tour non-members who earned enough FedEx Cup points that they would have finished 126-200 on the points list had they been members (this refers to, for example, golfers coming out of college who get starts via sponsor exemptions or Monday qualifiers). Those golfers play off for PGA Tour cards in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments, a series of four events. The Tournaments That Make Up the Finals In 2019, the three Korn Ferry Tour tournaments that make up the Finals are: Aug. 15-18, 2019: Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course) in Columbus, Ohio Aug. 22-25, 2019: Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2019: Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic City, Fla. From 2013-2018, there were four tournaments in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. Beginning in 2019, that changed to three events. Top Finishers on Korn Ferry's Regular-Season Money List are Guaranteed PGA Tour Cards Golfers who finish 1 through 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour's regular-season money list are guaranteed PGA Tour cards. Those golfers still play the Korn Ferry Tour Finals events, however, in order to establish their priority ranking. But the golfer who enters the Finals as the Korn Ferry Tour regular-season money leader is guaranteed full PGA Tour status regardless of how he fares in the Finals; and the golfer who earns the most money during the tournaments of the Finals is also guaranteed fully exempt status. How Golfers in Finals Earn PGA Tour Cards Fifty golfers earn PGA Tour membership via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. As noted above, 25 of those 50 cards go to the golfers who finish 1-25 on the Korn Ferry Tour's regular-season money list. The other 25 cards go to golfers earning the most cumulative money over the Korn Ferry Tour Finals series of tournaments. The order in which the golfers finish in Finals earnings also determines their rank on the PGA Tour priority list. The 50 Finals "graduates" move into a PGA Tour exemption category that places them next in line to fill PGA Tour fields just behind PGA Tour members who finished 1-125 on the FedEx Cup points list. So a golfer who finishes third in Tour Finals money will be able to get into almost any PGA Tour event he wishes to play; but a golfer who finishes 45th in the Finals might miss out on some preferred tournaments (because that golfer will be No. 170 on the priority list). But all of the 50 golfers who earn PGA Tour membership via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals should be able to play full (20-plus tournament) PGA Tour schedules. Summarizing the Korn Ferry Tour Finals It is a series of three "playoff" tournaments played in August/September, and culminating in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship tournament. The fields are comprised of golfers finishing 1-75 on the Korn Ferry Tour regular-season money list; plus golfers who finished 126-200 on the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list. Those who finished 1-25 on the Korn Ferry Tour regular-season money list are guaranteed PGA Tour cards, but play the Finals to establish priority ranking. The other 25 available PGA Tour cards are awarded to golfers with the highest cumulative earnings in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments.