With a win at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in February, a T2 last month, and another trio of top-25s this season, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An (BEE-yong HOON AN, commonly referred to as Ben An) surpassed the new #TOURBound fail-safe threshold of 875 points.
The Korn Ferry Tour is now using 875 points as a fail-safe threshold to officially declare a member PGA TOUR-bound for the 2022-23 season.
An becomes the fourth player this season to clinch #TOURBound status, joining China’s Carl Yuan, fellow Korean Seonghyeon Kim, and South Africa’s MJ Daffue.
“It’s great to be back on TOUR,” An said. “It was my main goal for this season, and to accomplish it early makes it extra special. There is always room for improvement. I’m still lots of points behind the leaders, so I’ll continue to grind my way up the list.”
An, who entered the 2022 season with three worldwide victories (most recent were a pair of 2015 wins), earned his first PGA TOUR-sanctioned win at the LECOM Suncoast Classic, held at Lakewood National Golf Club just outside of Bradenton, Florida. Roughly two months later, An posted a T2 at the Veritex Bank Championship. Those two finishes account for 745 of An’s 890 points this season.
A native of Seoul, South Korea who now resides in the Orlando area, An played predominantly on the PGA TOUR since he earned Special Temporary Membership in 2015-16 after a T2 at the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. An climbed as high as No. 24 in the Official World Golf Ranking, qualified for four consecutive FedExCup Playoffs (2017-20), represented South Korea in the 2016 Olympic Men’s Golf Competition, and played for the International Team at the 2019 Presidents Cup throughout his time on TOUR.
An fell back to the Korn Ferry Tour for 2022 following a No. 164 finish in the 2020-21 FedExCup Standings.
Prior to tenures on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour, An left South Korea for the United States in December 2005 and attended the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
An toured the junior golf circuit in the United States and eventually became the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship, capturing the 2009 title at Southern Hills Country Club as a 17-year-old with a resounding 7-and-5 win over Ben Martin.
An spent one season (2010-11) at University of California-Berkeley, where he played alongside four-time PGA TOUR winner Max Homa and PGA TOUR member Brandon Hagy.
An turned professional in summer 2011 and immediately made his way to the Challenge Tour, where he spent the next three seasons (2012-14). An played the DP World Tour in 2015, winning the BMW PGA Championship and earning Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year honors. An’s other international victories came at the 2014 Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour, and 2015 Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korean Tour.
An worked his way toward Special Temporary Membership amid the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season via three World Golf Championships events and the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, gaining entry into those events by virtue of either his standing on the DP World Tour Order of Merit or Official World Golf Ranking.
An gained entry into the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he solidified Special Temporary Membership with the first of his three career runner-up finishes on the PGA TOUR, via the Commissioner Exemption.
At season’s end, An and Kim will be the sixth and seventh Koreans in history to graduate via the Korn Ferry Tour regular season, joining 2017 THE PLAYERS Championship winner Si Woo Kim (2015), Sung Kang (2015), D.H. Lee (2015), and two-time PGA TOUR winners Sungjae Im (2018) and K.H. Lee (2018).
|Since 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour has provided 50 PGA TOUR cards annually. Each season, the top 25 players secure PGA TOUR cards via the Korn Ferry Tour’s Regular Season Points List, which is known as “The 25.” An additional 25 players secure promotion to the PGA TOUR via the three-tournament Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which is known as “The Finals 25.”
With nine events remaining in the regular season, the Korn Ferry Tour is currently using 875 points as its fail-safe threshold for players to finish inside the top 25 of the Regular Season Points List and become #TOURBound.
This year, the first set of 25 cards will be awarded at the regular season finale, the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna (Aug. 11-14), and an additional 25 TOUR cards will be awarded following the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which conclude with the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance (Sept. 1-4).
If you are interested in coordinating an interview with PGA TOUR-bound Byeong Hun An, please contact Zach Dirlam (ZachDirlam@pgatourhq.com) from the Korn Ferry Tour communications staff.
The Chase for PGA TOUR Cards (875-point threshold):
2022 Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season Points List
* player surpassed 875-point threshold and is #TOURBound