The former Alabama golfer enjoys a big Sunday
Robby Shelton put an exclamation point on his impending return to the PGA Tour by winning the Pinnacle Bank Championship, the Korn Ferry Tour’s final regular season tournament, on Sunday.
The top 25 players in the Korn Ferry Tour standings for the 2021-22 season received their PGA Tour cards for the 2022-23 season at the conclusion of the tournament at the Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Nebraska.
Shelton finished second in the Korn Ferry Tour standings after his second win of the season.
The former Alabama All-American went 65-under in the final round of the Pinnacle Bank Championship to hit 17-under 267 for the tournament, good for a one-stroke win over Ben Taylor.
A five-hole streak on the front nine put Shelton in position to win. After an eagle on the par-5 fourth, Shelton birdied on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes.
Shelton opened the back nine with a bogey on the par-4 10th, then birdied the 12th and 15th and stayed on top heading home with three pars, even after finding the bunker on the 18th.
“It’s great, just to be a two-time winner on the circuit again,” Shelton said. “It means so much to me to see my game moving in the right direction again, and that’s exciting. It’s going to be a fun fall season there.
Shelton took home the winner’s prize of $153,000.
Shelton also won the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-AM on June 12.
The three events of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals begin Thursday with the Albertson’s Boise Open in Boise, Idaho, followed by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship August 25-28 in Columbus, Ohio, and the Korn Ferry Tour Championship September 1. 4 in Newburgh, Indiana.
The 2022-23 PGA Tour schedule begins Sept. 15 with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif.
Shelton appeared in 56 PGA Tour events during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. He achieved his best result with a third place finish at the 3M Open on July 26, 2020 in Blaine, Minnesota.
Shelton won the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A Boys Golf Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2013 while at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile.
At Alabama, Shelton earned three-time All-American recognition and played on the NCAA Championship team Crimson Tide in 2014, when he received the SEC Male Golfer of the Year award and the Phil Mickelson as National Freshman Golfer of the Year.
When he announced in 2016 that he would be leaving Alabama with one season of eligibility remaining to turn pro, Shelton had a school record of seven tournament wins and the lowest career scoring average in Crimson history. Tide.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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