The Korn Ferry Tour returns to Knoxville, Tennessee, this week.
The Visit Knoxville Open takes place Thursday by means of Sunday at Holston Hills Country Club. Here are 5 things to know about the golf event. (Pictured above: Robby Shelton celebrates after successful the Knoxville Open in May 2019 at Fox Den Country Club in Farragut, Tennessee. Shelton was 15 beneath par.)
The 2021 Korn Ferry Tour appears to be like barely completely different than in years previous.
Its schedule consists of parts from the present season and occasions from 2020. The latter consists of the Knoxville Open, which was one among 10 occasions that had been postponed or canceled final yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of the standard one-year slate, this explicit tour includes each the 2020 and 2021 event schedules.
The Korn Ferry Tour serves because the PGA Tour’s developmental tour.
It options golfers who’ve but to make it to that stage, or those that have however failed to preserve sufficient factors to retain their PGA Tour card. It beforehand was referred to as the Web.com Tour and a number of other different names.
Those who’re within the high 25 on the cash listing by the top of the season are given memberships to the PGA Tour.
This would be the first yr that the Knoxville Open will happen at Holston Hills.
It was meant to be the venue in 2020 earlier than the occasion was postponed. Prior to Holston Hills, the Knoxville Open was held at Fox Den for 21 years.
Founded in 1927, Holston is a 180-acre course that sits on a set of hills adjoining to the Holston River. Although it hasn’t hosted the Knoxville Open but, it has welcomed some essential occasions, together with the Knoxville Invitational in the course of the 1945 PGA Tour.
Designed by legendary designer Donald Ross, Holston Hills is ranked No. 2 on Golfweek’s Best 2021 listing of high personal programs in Tennessee. It additionally ranks No. 98 on Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses listing for all layouts constructed earlier than 1960 within the United States.
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Rich historical past
The Knoxville Open has been part of the Korn Ferry Tour since its inaugural season in 1990.
In that point, six future PGA Tour title winners have received the occasion. Patton Kizzire, who holds two PGA titles (2017, 2018), is the newest of the bunch, capturing the Knoxville Open in 2015.
Kizzire’s efficiency in 2015 garnered him Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year honors.
The Knoxville Open is one among solely 4 remaining occasions that had been part of the unique tour.
Single-day tickets can be found on the Knoxville Open web site for $10, whereas a ticket to the entire event is $25.
Parking shall be accessible close to Holston Hills for $5. There is a clear-bag coverage in impact for any giant baggage.
Fans are prohibited from bringing cameras or folding chairs.