Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

April 3, 2018

THE FLATS – Matt Kuchar and Larry Mize representing Georgia Tech at the Masters … Roberto Castro, working to regain his PGA Tour card, shot a course record in the final round of the Web.com Tour Savannah Championship and nearly won … Chesson Hadley briefly shares Saturday lead while Kuchar banks another top-10 finish … this and more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

Matt Kuchar and Larry Mize are the only former Yellow Jackets in the field for the 82nd edition of the Masters Tournament. Kuchar, who has had four top-10 finishes at Augusta National Golf Club, including a tie for fourth last year, is making his 12th start in the season’s first major. Mize, who won the title in 1987, has made 20 cuts in 34 all-time starts, including each of the past two years.

Kuchar, who played in the Presidents Cup for the fourth time last year, delivered some of his best performances of the season in the majors last year as well, finishing runner-up at the British Open and T4 at the Masters. He also finished T9 in the PGA Championship. Highlights this season include a T5 at Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Kuchar is 63rd on the FedEx Cup points list. He has been a member of four Ryder Cup teams.

Mize hit one of the most memorable shots in Masters history, chipping in from 140 feet on No. 11, the second playoff hole, to prevail over Greg Norman in the 1987 Masters. He has four PGA Tour victories and one Champions Tour title, and was a member of the 1987 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

PGA Tour: Kuchar prepared well for Masters week last weekend, firing rounds of 68-68-69-70 on the lightning-fast greens at the Houston Open to tie for eighth place, his third top-10 finish of the season and 97th of his career. Chesson Hadley briefly shared the lead during Saturday’s third round, but tied for 18th after rounds of 68-68-69-72. He remains Tech’s leader in FedEx Cup points, standing at 21st.

In the second round of the 2018 Houston Open, Matt Kuchar sinks a massive 64-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole.

The HYBRID raise. The snap.

🦅 for @ChessonHadley! #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/y2t13B6TAZ

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 1, 2018

In the third round of the 2018 Houston Open, Chesson Hadley hits his 101-yard approach shot on the par-5 15th hole to 2 feet, then sinks the putt for birdie.

Hey bud. Awfully nice tweet there. I do eat @Bojangles1977 regularly. If I didn’t, I would weigh 7 lbs. 👍 https://t.co/eufmeKHxos

Chesson Hadley (@chessonhadley) March 31, 2018

Web.com Tour: Working to regain his PGA Tour card after struggling in 2017, Roberto Castro hadn’t made much progress until last weekend at the Savannah Championship. Castro surged up the leaderboard with a course-record 64 Sunday and posted 20-under-par to take the clubhouse lead. The 32-year-old then watched greenside as Sam Burns two-putted the last to edge him out in the end.

“It’s funny,” said Castro. “My brother and I, he’s caddying for me this week. I shot 1-over the first day and Burns shot even. He’s like ‘Well you’re only one back of the guy you need to beat anyway.’ And that was literally Thursday afternoon. So, I finished one back and that’s how it goes.”

Castro leaped to 14th in earnings on the Web.com Tour, from which the top 25 earners at the end of the regular season earn PGA Tour cards for 2018-19. Seth Reeves tied for 71st place, while Anders Albertson and Nicholas Thompson missed the cut.

Champions Tour: Larry Mize is one of eight Champions Tour members in the field as former Masters champions at Augusta National. The Champions Tour resumes next weekend at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, where Mize and former Tech All-American Charlie Rymer will compete.

MacKenzie Tour: Vincent Whaley, who graduated from Tech last spring, tied for 35th at the tour’s qualifying tournament last week in Ponte Vedra, Fla., earning conditional status on the tour for 2018. It is one of four 72-hole qualifying tournaments the tour conducts in the United States between now and the end of April. The tour schedule begins in late May.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: The Masters Tournament • April 5-8, 2018 • Augusta National Golf Club • Augusta, Ga. • Purse: $11,000,000 • FedExCup Points: 600
Web.com Tour: North Mississippi Classic • April 19-22, 2018 • Country Club of Oxford • Oxford, Miss. • Purse: $550,000
PGA Tour Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic • April 13-15, 2018 • TPC Sugarloaf • Duluth, Ga. • Purse: $1,800,000
Mackenzie Tour:qualifying tournaments in United States in March and April

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$212,810
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
72-73—145 (+1)
 Money rank
59
Earnings
$22,300
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$7,193,145 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
T-2
73-65-66-64—268 (-20)
 FedEx Cup Rank
14
Earnings
$68,370
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$35,813,621
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
103
Earnings
$398,316
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 DAVID DUVAL
 Denver, Colo.
 Turned pro:
1993
 Career earnings: 
$19,196,243
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
 High School: Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal
 Status: no status
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
220
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$52,151
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Fike
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$5,021,527
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-18
68-68-69-72—277 (-11)
 Money Rank
21
Earnings
$1,596,481
 SHUN YAT HAK
 Hong Kong, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
¥251,305
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
 High School: Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep
 Status: PGA Tour China
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
17 (2016)
Earnings
¥251,305
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$42,827,943
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-8
68-68-69-70—275 (-13)
 FedEx Cup Rank
63
Earnings
$840,063
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$10,111,266 (PGA+Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: no status
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx/Money Rank
197
Earnings
$39,000
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$12,520,439 (PGA + Champions)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Schwab Cup Rank
69
Earnings
$25,038
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$113,500
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
T-71
67-73-70-76—286 (-2)
 Money rank
58
Earnings
$22,515
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$3,066,693
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
52
Earnings
$902,331
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,536,202 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
71-72—143 (-1)
 Money Rank
120
Earnings
$5,148
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,804,238
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-74—147 (+3)
 FedEx Cup Rank
177
Earnings
$113,099
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$1,039,440
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
MDF
70-71-75—216 (E)
  FedEx Cup rank
172
Earnings
$142,353
 Vincent Whaley
 Fayetteville, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2017
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
 High School: McKinney Boyd
 Status: MacKenzie Tour qualifying
  Last Week
T-35
75-70-72-72—289 (+1)
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a

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