Aug. 20, 2012
THE FLATS – Five former Georgia Tech golfers – Roberto Castro, Matt Kuchar, Troy Matteson, Bryce Molder and Cameron Tringale – have qualified for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, which begin this weekend at The Barclays in Farmingdale, N.Y.
In the final regular season FedEx Cup standings following last weekend’s Wyndham Championship, Kuchar ranks No. 9, Tringale is No. 56, Matteson is No. 60, Molder is No. 96 and Castro is No. 100.
The top 125 on the points list gain entry into this week’s Barclays, which will be played at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, this weekend. The top 100 following the Barclays move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Boston, and the top 70 after the Deutsche Bank will advance to the third stage, the BMW Championship, Sept. 6-9 in Carmel, Ind. The top 30 points leaders after the BMW will play in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta Sept. 20-23.
All five players would advance to the Deutsche Bank next week if they hold their current positions.
“This is a great measure of success for the guys who have been through our program, and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. “It’s been a good year for our alumni in pro golf. We’ve had a winner on the PGA Tour (Kuchar), another on the Web.com Tour (Paul Haley II) and another on the eGolf Tour (Chesson Hadley), and some other near misses.”
Kuchar, who won the Barclays two years ago and the Players Championship this year, has earned more than $3.6 million this year, finishing among the top 10 in eight of 18 events. Tringale, in his third year on Tour, has four top-10 finishes in 21 events and has earned more than $1.2 million.
Matteson started slowly this year but has logged three top-10 finishes in the last five weeks, including a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic which earned him a spot in the Open Championship, and has accumulated $986,966 in 26 events played. Molder, in his 12th year as a pro, has seven top-25 finishes in 20 events and $790,555 in earnings. Castro, a PGA Tour rookie, has made the cut in 14 of 21 events and has earned $623,968 this year.