A quick look at the Contenders heading into the final round of this weeks Korn Ferry Event
Sunday Contenders Leaderboard:
Stephan Jaeger -19
Greyson Sigg -16
Harrison Endycott -14
Kyle Reifers -14
Charlie Saxon -11
Stephen Franken -11
Turned Pro 2012
Huge Sunday ahead. Currently has a three-shot lead and with a win will earn a 3-win promotion to the big Tour. Not only that but will tie Jason Gore for the most career wins on the KFT with seven wins. Jaeger’s last full season on the PGA Tour was 2018 when he made 13 of 26 cuts, including six top-25’s and finished 152nd in points. Jaeger’s first win on KFT came in 2016 where he opened with a casual 58, followed it up with 65-64-63 to shoot 30 under, and win by seven.
Turned Pro: 2017
The most consistent player on KFT during this extended season by a wide margin. Currently 11th in points he has made 21 of 25 cuts including 15(!!) top-25’s. Began the season with 11 consecutive made cuts. Also has a top-10 finish this season on the big tour at the Puntacana Championship. (Can we please figure out a way for KFT guys to get some equivalent of KFT points for finishes on the PGA Tour? Greyson finished 9th at a Tour event and moved down the points list that week)
Turned Pro: 2017
Important Sunday ahead as Endycott sits 77th in KFT points. The top 75 make it into the Korn Ferry Finals. With the extended season having so many events it is really difficult to move up the points list, so important that he takes advantage today. Played mostly the Latin American Tour for the first few years of his career. He has played 20 total events on that tour with a combined seven top-10’s. Endycott has also played well the few times he has teed it up on Australasian Tour.
Turned Pro: 2006
College: Wake Forest
Currently 95th in KFT points. Has made 226 career Korn Ferry starts and has $1.1 Million in career earnings. His only career win came in his first career start in 2006. The previous week he had won on the Egolf tour, just weeks after turning pro. Has made 161 career PGA Tour starts. His last full season on the big tour was 2017 when he finished 154th in points.
Turned Pro: 2015
Currently 62nd in points, a good finish here will at very least go a long way in securing a spot in the Korn Ferry Finals. The man was a LEGEND on the PGA Tour China. In two full seasons over there he made 26 of 27 cuts, had 4 wins, and a total of 14 top-10’s. He had a three-event stretch in 2018 that he lost to a total of ONE player. (two wins and a T2) There is no one better with the Texas wedge, he plays it from everywhere. (Texas Wedge is the putter for those that don’t know)
Turned Pro: 2019
College: North Carolina State
Another player with an especially important Sunday ahead. Franken is currently 76th in points. It’s good to see him playing better of late. I have told this story before, but I saw him near the scoring area after 2nd round of the Evans Scholar event. It would be his fifth consecutive MC and he was in a bad place. His parents were there offering support and he was angry and upset. He was talking about taking some time off. He kept grinding though and had a top-5 two weeks ago. It is great to see.
Some others to keep an eye on:
Taylor Pendrith– Currently T10, he is looking for his sixth top-10 this season.
Scott Stevens– On Monday he qualified for his second career KFT event and made his first cut, sits T10, a top-25 would earn him a spot into next week’s event.