Two former Missouri players will play at the highest level of men’s professional golf on the PGA Tour next season.
Former Tiger Hayden Buckley got his Tour card on Sunday by finishing in the Top 25 of the three-week Korn Ferry Tour finals. He secured his spot shooting 14 under 274 to tie for fourth in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship at the Victoria National GC in Newburgh, Indiana, placing him seventh on the overall points list for the three-event swing.
He joins another former MU golfer Peter Malnati on the Tour.
The Korn Ferry Tour issues PGA Tour cards to players who win three of its events during the regular season or finish in the Top 25 on their regular season points list. Buckley was 32nd in the regular season, about 180 points behind KFT 25th man Austin Smotherman.
The TOUR then kicks off a three-event playoff that rewards 25 additional players with PGA status.
Buckley finished tied for seventh at the Albertson’s Boise Open in Boise, Idaho, to kick off the swing, before missing the cup in the second event, the Children’s Hospital National Championship in Columbus, Ohio. . He entered the Tour championship tied for 12th on the points list and managed to post 5-under rounds 67, 68, 70 and 69 in rounds 1-4, respectively, six strokes behind Joseph Bramlett, who won both the Tour championship. and the final 25.
Buckley could play for the first time as a member of the PGA Tour from September 16-19 at the Fortinet Open in Napa, Calif.