NEWBURGH, Ind. – Kyle Westmoreland birdied the final hole on the Korn Ferry Tour, but he wasn’t satisfied. Far from it. With a two-hour total of 6 under at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Lease and Finance, he set up the event to see if he was good enough to make it through the final 25 for the first time.
“I think I lost years of my life,” Westmoreland said. “I think I lost my hair. It’s the craziest situation you can imagine.”
Westmoreland served on active duty in the United States Air Force for five and a half years, mostly as a financial officer, but no amount of crunching numbers could improve his standing.
For the final PGA TOUR card, it came down to Westmoreland and Joey Garber on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals qualifying points list, in the ninth and final 25 iteration of the Finals.
The rugged but beautiful Victoria National GC provided the perfect backdrop for the event as several players, including Eric Cole, Tano Goya, Nicolas Echavarria, Sam Stevens and Austin Eckroth, solidified their PGA Tour cards on a grueling Sunday in southern Indiana.
When the dust settled, a different scenario emerged. Joey Garber needs a three-way T12 or better to pass Westmoreland for the final race. Mix.
Garber eventually finished five-way T12, and Westmoreland took the final spot with 25 wins, just 4.5 points behind Westmoreland.
“Joey Garber played well,” Westmoreland said Sunday evening. “If it was any other way, I would have been happy for him … but I’m happy to be on this side. I’m happy to be a member of the PGA TOUR.”