How Tour Q-school works: Format, purse, cards available
Korn Ferry Tour

How Korn Ferry Tour Q-school works: Format, purse, rules, cards available

The Korn Ferry Tour logo

The Korn Ferry Tour Q-school final stage, which rotates around each year, offers exempt status on the Korn Ferry Tour to 40 or so players each year.

Since 2015, the tournament has been reduced from six rounds to four (72 holes). There is no cut in this event, with each player getting two rounds on both host courses.

Who gets Korn Ferry Tour cards

All players earn conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour, practically assuring them of at least one start. However, finishing inside the top 40 and ties (was once the top 25 and ties) offers more starts and full status for the year:

  • The medalist is exempt for the full season and exempt from reshuffles
  • Players finishing 2nd through 10th place and ties earn exempt status for the first 12 events of the season or the third reshuffle, which is done several times during the season to give better access to players who perform well during the Korn Ferry Tour season
  • Players finishing 11th through 40th place and ties earn exempt status for the first eight events or through the second reshuffle
  • The remaining players earn conditional Korn Ferry Tour status for the season, alternating with the players who finished 76th through 100th on the prior Korn Ferry Tour regular season money list. Before 2020, these players were combined with those who finished 2nd through 5th on the money lists of PGA Tour Latinoamerica, PGA Tour China and the Mackenzie Tour

Korn Ferry Tour Q-School finals purse

There's also a $480,000 purse for the event, with the winner getting $50,000. With the Q-school entry fee ranging from $3,500-$4,500, each player who earns a status in the top 40 and ties will at least double their money.

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