32-year-old Indian Anirban Lahiri retained his 2019-2020 PGA TOUR membership with a tied-5th finish at the $1,000,000 Albertsons Boise Open, the second event on the Korn Ferry Tour finals at Hillcrest Country Club, Idaho, US on August 25.
The Indian was bogey-free through the weekend, finishing inside the top ten for the second straight week with a five-under 66 with rounds of 68, 65, 69, and 66 to finish for a total score of 16-under 268. A week earlier Lahiri finished tied-7th at the $1,000,000 Nationwide Children’s Open Championship.
This was the first time that Lahiri had found himself out of the FedEx Cup playoffs since 2016. Lahiri is due to play the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Championship.
Lahiri finished 178th on the 2019 FedEx Cup list in the regular season with earnings of $419,620, where the top-125 finishers retain their PGA TOUR card.
Shubhankar still has his chance
Shubhankar Sharma has also been chasing the PGA TOUR dream. He played seven sanctioned events in 2018-2019 and earned $261,496 to place him close to 190th (equivalent to regular tour) on the FedEx Cup rankings. His earnings made him eligible to play the Korn Ferry Tour finals. Sharma has missed his cuts at first two events of the finals but still had a chance of gaining a card with a solo-sixth or better finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship (August 30 – September2).
Korn Ferry Tour Finals are a three-event series that serve as a means for the Top 25 finishers to earn PGA Tour membership for the following season. Players ranked 1-75 on the Korn Ferry Tour and 126-200 on the FedEx Cup list are eligible to play the Tour Finals.