A record for precocity on the Korn Ferry Tour

Aldrich Potgieter, already a professional, put in an impressive performance on the Korn Ferry Tour in the Bahamas.

by Andrea Gussoni
A record for precocity on the Korn Ferry Tour
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Aldrich Potgieter, already a professional, put in an impressive performance on the Korn Ferry Tour in the Bahamas. As a member of the Korn Ferry Tour since this year, he won the second event of the season, edging out his competitors by a two-shot lead.

Aldrich Potgieter, results

This young South African golfer, winner of the Amateur Championship in 2022 at just 17 years old, made history by becoming the youngest winner of the American second division at the age of 19 years, 4 months and 11 days.

He thus erased Jason Day (19 years, 7 months and 26 days in 2007) and Sungjae Im (19 years, 9 months and 17 days in 2018) from the record books. Aldrich Potgieter had already attracted attention the previous summer by making an albatross on a par 4 during a PGA Tour Monday Qualifier.

Unfortunately, the Frenchman Martin Trainer was also in the running at the Abaco Club, but his cards of 74 (+2) and 77 (+5) did not allow him to cross the cut established at +3. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

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