Level of competition increasing at the Club Car Championship

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Published: Mar. 31, 2022 at 5:41 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Club Car Championship continued Thursday after weather delays. And this year, the competition is stiff.

It is the start of something on Skidaway Island not just for this week, but for years to come.

“Listen, this Korn Ferry Tour is what it’s all about. The level of competition is really high,” Tommy Gainey said.

And it’s trying go higher on a tour that brands itself as grooming the future stars of golf, which has been more than a catchy slogan at the Club Car Championship.

The winner of the first Korn Ferry event in Savannah - Sam Burns - has won twice on the PGA Tour in the last year. And the player who was second in Year 2 is now No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings, Scottie Scheffler winning three of the last five PGA Tour events he has played to rise to the top spot.

“Two, three years from now, or a year from now, you could see the same thing from the winner this year,” Erik Flores said.

What you will see is dozens of players capable of taking their games to the next level of golf, trying to win in Savannah but setting their sights further on in their careers.

“To me, this tour is every bit as good as the PGA Tour with maybe one-quarter of a shot here or there and little bit different under pressure, obviously.”

“It’s the second best tour in the world. And when I say the world, I mean the world. There’s no other tour that can compete with this.”

Since arriving in Savannah - and since replacing the old qualifying school as the primary route to the PGA Tour- Korn Ferry competition has gotten even better.

“It definitely kind of bottlenecked the competition. You get a little more international players coming over to play since it’s the only way to get to the PGA Tour. So, yeah, it definitely stiffened the competition up.”

“Trust me when I say this, I have a lot of experience out here and on the PGA Tour, everybody knows the PGA Tour is the best in the world. This is the second best tour.”

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