Alejandro Tosti, a pro who has secured PGA Tour status for next year, was forced to withdraw from this week’s event on the Tour’s developmental series due to what officials are terming only as a “disciplinary matter.”
According to a release on Friday, details of what happened and any related discipline for Tosti would be handled internally. When asked by GOLF.com, a communications official said there would be no additional comment, and that no one would be made available to speak.
This week, Tosti was playing the Korn Ferry Tour’s Boise Open, the first of four postseason events on the series a level below the PGA Tour, and on Thursday, he shot a first-round 67. It is unknown if Tosti will play at the Korn Ferry Tour’s next event, the Simmons Bank Open in three weeks.
Tosti, a 27-year-old pro from Rosario, Argentina, has played in four PGA Tour events since turning pro in 2018, and he has locked up status for 2024 through his ranking this year on the Korn Ferry Tour’s season-long points standings. In that series, he has nine top 10s this season, including a victory earlier this month at the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, that secured his PGA Tour privileges.
The release on Tosti was just 113 words. It reads as follows:
“Korn Ferry Tour member Alejandro Tosti was withdrawn from the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Chevron following the first round of competition, due to a disciplinary matter. Tosti entered the week ranked fourth on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List.
“Per PGA Tour policy, the details of the issue and any related disciplinary action will be handled internally.
“Tosti, 27, has a win and eight other top-10s this season and has been declared ‘TOURBound’ by earning enough points to ensure his PGA Tour card for 2024. The top 30 on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List after the Korn Ferry Tour Championship on Oct. 5-8 earn PGA Tour cards for the 2024 season.”
Earlier this season, Tosti and five other pros were involved in a rules incident involving a shuttle at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Lecom Suncoast Classic. There, the grouping of Tosti, Mason Andersen and Wilson Furr, and the grouping of Ashton Van Horne, Boo Weekley and Jared Wolfe took unauthorized shuttle rides from a green to a tee box on Friday at Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and each were docked two strokes due to a violation of Model Local Rule G-6.
Notably, for that week, a shuttle had been authorized from 7 green to 8 tee, and from the range to starting tees. In a later interview with Golf Channel, Tosti said as he walked off the 18th green on his way to playing the 1st hole (he started on the back nine), he noticed a volunteer sitting in the same shuttle they rode in earlier to the 10th tee.
“I asked the guy, ‘Are you giving rides to the first tee?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, jump in,’” Tosti told Golf Channel. “I know that I cannot jump in a cart that is not official, but this was almost like organized. It almost seemed like someone sent this guy to give us a ride. It was ready, waiting for us to walk off the green and give us a ride to the first tee, and that guy apparently was not supposed to be there.”
A few months later, after his victory in Omaha, in front of fans, Tosti talked about what the victory meant to him, and the Korn Ferry Tour’s social media team captured and shared the moment via a 50-second video.
“I’m by myself in this country and I have my family following from Argentina, and they’re very proud of what I did today,” he said in the video. “So I want to thank them for all that they’ve done. For all that they’ve done.
“For all that they’ve done since I was 6 years old. And I told them that I wanted to play golf when nobody in my family played golf, and they have supported me and been with me even in the toughest times. So I really want to thank them, and that’s it. Thank you, everybody.”