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Former Illini Dumont de Chassart Named 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year

Former Illini Dumont de Chassart Named 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Former Fighting Illini All-American Adrien Dumont de Chassart has been named the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year the PGA TOUR announced Wednesday (Jan. 10).

Following the conclusion of his collegiate career for the Fighting Illini last May, Dumont de Chassart finished No. 3 in the 2023 PGA TOUR University rankings and burst onto the Korn Ferry Tour less than two weeks later with a win in his professional debut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. The career-opening victory sparked a run that resulted in a tour-record six consecutive top-10 finishes and vaulted Dumont de Chassart to a No. 11-finish on the Korn Ferry Tour Points list to earn PGA TOUR status for the 2024 season.

He is set to begin his rookie season on the PGA TOUR tomorrow when he tees off at the Sony Open in Hawai’i.  

During his time competing for the Fighting Illini from 2018-23, Dumont de Chassart built a résumé that ranks among the most decorated in the program history. The three-time GCAA All-American became the first Illini male athlete to be a three-time recipient of his sport’s Big Ten Player of the Year award, and was a key part of four consecutive Big Ten Championship winning teams, helping to push the program’s record-run to eight. He captured four collegiate victories, including a share of the 2019 Big Ten individual championship and posted the two best single-season scoring averages in program history (69.56 in 2022-23 and 70.08 in 20221-22) en route to the Illinois’ career record of 70.82.

Dumont de Chassart’s time at the University of Illinois was capped by his recognition as the Illini’s 2023 male recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the highest annual award that the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics bestows upon a student-athlete.


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