Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship player commitments for 2021 field (Interview with defending champion Curtis Luck)

August 20, 2021

Columbus, Ohio – At 5:00 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 143-player blended field of PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2021 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The following players finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list or within the top-75 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list and will play in the second of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events being hosted next week, August 23 – 29, at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour, collectively representing 41 TOUR victories and 110 Korn Ferry Tour wins.

Defending champion Curtis Luck at 2021 Media Day in July reliving his title at the OSU Scarlet Golf Course (megasportsnews.com photo)
Curtis Luck Defending champion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship July 2021.mp3

The field includes the following players:

Albertson, Anders

Alexander, Tyson

An, Byeong Hun

Anderson, Mark

Aphibarnrat, Kiradech

Armour, Ryan

Armstrong, Dawson

Baddeley, Aaron

Baker, Chris

Barjon, Paul

Barnes, Erik

Barnes, Ricky

Bezuidenhout, Christiaan

Bhatia, Akshay

Blaum, Ryan

Bozzelli, Dominic

Bramlett, Joseph

Brehm, Ryan

Brown, Scott

Buckley, Hayden

Burgoon, Bronson

Cabrera Bello, Rafa

Campos, Rafael

Cappelen, Sebastian

Chalmers, Greg

Chin, John

Cook, Austin

Creel, Joshua

Cunningham, George

Díaz, Roberto

Dou, Zecheng

Dougherty, Kevin

Drewitt, Brett

Every, Matt

Fishburn, Patrick

Franken, Stephen

Gainey, Tommy

Garber, Joey

Gibson, Rhein

Gligic, Michael

Gómez, Fabián

Gordon, Will

Grant, Brent

Greyserman, Max

Gutschewski, Scott

Haas, Bill

Haley II, Paul

Hall, Harry

Hardy, Nick

Harkins, Brandon

Harmeling, Evan

Harrington, Scott

Hearn, David

Herbert, Lucas

Hoag, Bo

Hodges, Lee

Hopfinger, Brad

Hossler, Beau

Hubbard, Mark

Huh, John

Humphrey, Theo

India, Vince

Jaeger, Stephan

Kennerly, Billy

Kitayama, Kurt

Knous, Jim

Kocher, David

Kodaira, Satoshi

Kohles, Ben

Kraft, Kelly

Ledesma, Nelson

Lee, Danny

Lewis, Tom

Lindheim, Nicholas

Lingmerth, David

Lipsky, David

Lower, Justin

Luck, Curtis

Macdonald, Stuart

MacIntyre, Robert

Martin, Ben

McCarthy, Dan

McCormick, Ryan

McGirt, William

McGreevy, Max

McNeill, George

Montgomery, Taylor

Moore, Taylor

Mullinax, Trey

Noh, Seung-Yul

Novak, Andrew

O’Hair, Sean

Oppenheim, Rob

Pendrith, Taylor

Percy, Cameron

Potter, Jr., Ted

Rai, Aaron

Ramey, Chad

Reeves, Seth

Reifers, Kyle

Ridings, Tag

Riley, Davis

Roach, Wes

Rodgers, Patrick

Roy, Kevin

Saunders, Sam

Saxon, Charlie

Schniederjans, Ollie

Schwab, Matthias

Seiffert, Chase

Shelton, Robby

Sigg, Greyson

Skinns, David

Smalley, Alex

Smotherman, Austin

Spaun, J.J.

Stanger, Jimmy

Stefani, Shawn

Sucher, Zack

Suh, Justin

Svensson, Adam

Tarren, Callum

Taylor, Ben

Teater, Josh

Theegala, Sahith

Thompson, Curtis

Thornberry, Braden

Trahan, D.J.

Tuten, Shad

Uihlein, Peter

van der Walt, Dawie

Van Pelt, Bo

VanDerLaan, John

Ventura, Kris

Villegas, Camilo

Whaley, Vincent

Whitney, Tom

Wolfe, Jared

Wu, Brandon

Wu, Dylan

Young, Cameron

Yuan, Carl

Zhang, Xinjun

143 Players in Field

* – Open Qualifier /

+ – Sponsor Exemption

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2021-2022 season. At the end of the three Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those top 25 players who earn the most cumulative points in the three Finals events.

The top-25 from the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season will carry their points into the Finals. Their order of priority will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

Exempt status on the PGA TOUR will be awarded to one member inside of the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season  Top 25 at the conclusion of the three Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals points. Therefore, any Top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the three Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the three Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday.

For general Tournament information, including how to become a volunteer, please visit www.ncc-golf.com or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (nchcgolf) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship).

Tournament Schedule of Events and Broadcast times (Schedule times and events subject to change)

THURSDAY, August 26

  • First Round Official Tournament Competition
  • First Shot to Fight Cancer: 7 a.m.
  • Competition: 7:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Daily Activities

  • Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub Thirteen: All Day, located on No. 13
  • Play Yellow Putting Challenge: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., located on Practice Green

BroadcastGolf Channel: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2021-2022 season. At the end of the three Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those top 25 players who earn the most cumulative points in the three Finals events.

The top-25 from the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season will carry their points into the Finals. Their order of priority will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

Exempt status on the PGA TOUR will be awarded to one member inside of the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season  Top 25 at the conclusion of the three Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals points. Therefore, any Top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the three Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the three Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday.

For general Tournament information, including how to become a volunteer, please visit www.ncc-golf.com or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (nchcgolf) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship).

Tournament Schedule of Events and Broadcast times (Schedule times and events subject to change)

THURSDAY, August 26

  • First Round Official Tournament Competition
  • First Shot to Fight Cancer: 7 a.m.
  • Competition: 7:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Daily Activities

  • Birdie Time is Miller Time at Pub Thirteen: All Day, located on No. 13
  • Play Yellow Putting Challenge: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., located on Practice Green

Broadcast: Golf Channel: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2021-2022 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system.  Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Korn Ferry Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.

ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit free-standing pediatric health care systems providing unique expertise in pediatric population health, behavioral health, genomics and health equity as the next frontiers in pediatric medicine, leading to best outcomes for the health of the whole child. Integrated clinical and research programs, as well as prioritizing quality and safety, are part of what allows Nationwide Children’s to advance its unique model of care. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 that provides state-of-the-art wellness, preventive and rehabilitative care and diagnostic treatment during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

ABOUT KORN FERRY TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops golf’s next stars, preparing them to compete and win on the game’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became the path to the PGA TOUR, with the top 25 players securing PGA TOUR cards via the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular season and an additional 25 players securing promotion through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season (2020-21) marks the 31st year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. More than three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have accounted for more than 550 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM or follow the Korn Ferry Tour on social media (Korn Ferry Tour).

ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State. 

ABOUT HNS SPORTS GROUP

HNS Sports Group is a Dublin, Ohio-based LLC founded in 2000. The company offers over 125-plus years of collective experience and is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective client representation in the categories of sponsorship consultation, event management, hospitality management, sales representation and tournament operation within the golf market. To learn more about HNS Sports Group, visit www.hnssports.com.

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