Justin Lower posted the third Top 3 finish on the Korn Ferry Tour of his career over the weekend at the King and Bear Classic in St. Augustine, Florida. The event, hosted by the Korn Ferry Tour, was the second event back from a three month hiatus caused by Coronavirus and COVID-19.
Prior to the suspension in the 2020 schedule, Lower was struggling on the course having missed four cuts in a row. Frustrated with his game and putting too much pressure on himself to perform Lower dedicated his time during the break to seeking perspective, and improving his mental golf game and outlook for the return to play.
After a opening round of 65, Lower was immediately in contention. He followed with rounds of 65 and 67 in the second and third rounds.
Vince India began the fourth round with a four shot lead over the field, and five shot clears of Lower. After early stumbles by India, and a two under par front nine for Lower it was a foot race for the victory on the back nine.
After four straight pars to open the back nine, Lower birdied four of his last five holes including the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th to grab the clubhouse lead at 25 under par.
Chris Kirk would ultimately also birdie his final hole for a one shot victory over Lower at 26 under par.
The solo 2nd Place finish vaulted Lower to 16th on the Korn Ferry Tour Points list. The Top 10 at the end of 2020 will earn limited PGA TOUR status for 2021 and the Top 25 at the end of the 2020/2021 season will earn their PGA TOUR Cards.