Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

 

Former champions David Duval and Stewart Cink are among four former Yellow Jackets vying to be Champion Golfer of the Year … Richy Werenski earns another top-25 finish on the PGA Tour … Anders Albertson remains steady on the Web.com Tour … more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

The third major championship of 2018 – the 147th playing of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland – will feature four former Yellow Jackets, including 2001 champion David Duval and 2009 champion Stewart Cink, as well as 2017 runner-up Matt Kuchar and Chesson Hadley, who qualified for the field by virtue of his current standing at 17th in the FedEx Cup race.

Cink, Duval and Kuchar all are veterans traveling across the pond. Cink, 45, who defeated Tom Watson in a playoff at Turnberry in 2009, ranks 67th in the FedEx Cup race this season and is playing his 20th Open Championship. The 46-year-old Duval, whose closing 65-67 earned him a three-stroke victory Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s in 2001, is competing for the 22nd time.

Kuchar, 40, playing the Open for the 14th time, led last year’s open at Royal Birkdale with five holes to play, but Jordan Spieth snatched the victory with a spectacular finish. Kuchar still looks for his first major title after posting 10 top-10 finishes in those championships.

Hadley, 31, claimed one of five spots offered to non-exempt players on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points list on June 24. He missed the cut in his only previous Open opportunity in 2014 at Hoylake.

Only Arizona State, with six, and Texas, with five, have more alumni players competing in the Open this week.

 

Georgia Tech’s Open Champions

Bobby Jones – 1926, Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s<br>

Bobby Jones – 1927, Old Course at St. Andrews<br>

Bobby Jones – 1930, Royal Liverpool (read more)<br>

David Duval – 2001, Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s (read more)<br>

Stewart Cink – 2009, Turnberry (read more)

 

Tech player profiles and opening-round tee times (local time) for Tech players this week

Stewart Cink – 8:36 a.m. with Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara<br>

Chesson Hadley – 9:03 a.m. with Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin<br>

David Duval – 9:25 a.m. with Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na<br>

Matt Kuchar – 9:47 a.m. with Anirban Lahiri and Peter Uhlein<br>

 

 

<b>PGA Tour:</b> Meanwhile, Cameron Tringale and Richy Werenski are competing this week in the PGA Tour’s alternate event, the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky. This is the event where Werenski made his PGA Tour debut, earning an exemption after winning Golf Channel’s “Big Break The Palm Beaches” in 2015 and tying for 72nd place. Last year, as a rookie on the PGA Tour, he briefly held the lead in the event and tied for 18th place (13-under-par 271).

 

Werenski currently stands 116th in FedEx Cup points following a solid weekend at the John Deere Championship, where he tied for 23rd place with four rounds in the 60s (68-69-67-67).

 

<b>Web.com Tour:</b> All but Roberto Castro are taking the this week off as the Web.com Tour travels to Omaha, Neb., for the Pinnacle Bank Championship. Castro, currently 19th in earnings on the Tour and positioned to regain his PGA Tour card for 2018-19, missed the cut by one stroke in last weekend’s Utah Championship, snapping a streak of 24 consecutive cuts made on the tour that dated back to 2011.

 

J.T. Griffin, who has split time on three tours in 2018, has been able to get in the field for the last two Web.com events (four altogether this year), and tied for 39th place with a 13-under-par total of 271 (66-68-68-69). Anders Albertson, 10th on the Web.com Tour earnings list, tied for 33rd place at 270 (-14), continuing an excellent run of play over the last eight weeks in which he won the Lincoln Land Championship and averaged 67.88 strokes per round.

 

<b>Elsewhere:</b>

  • Larry Mize posted his third-best finish of the 2018 season last weekend with a tie for 17th place at the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Highland Park, Ill, finishing strong with rounds of 66-69 on the weekend for a 12-under-par total of 276. <br>
  • Shun Yat Hak tied for 49th in the Yantai Championship last weekend on the PGA Tour Series in China, and ranked 23rd on that tour’s order of merit. <br>
  • The Adams Pro Tour resumes this week in Manhattan, Kan., with the Colbert Charity Classic. Vincent Whaley is Tech’s top earner on the circuit this season, in 12th place through seven events. <br>
  • Bo Andrews, Drew Czuchry and Chris Petefish all finished among the top 17 players at the G Pro Tour’s Kannapolis (N.C.) Open last week. This week’s event is at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., with Tyler Joiner joining those three in the 50-player field.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: The Open Championship • July 19-22, 2018 • Carnoustie Golf Links • Angus, Scotland • Purse: $10,500,000 • FedExCup Points: 600<br>

PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship • July 19-22, 2018 • Keene Trace Golf Club • Nicholasville, Ky. • Purse: $3,500,000 • FedExCup Points: 300

Web.com Tour: Pinnacle Bank Championship • July 19-22, 2018 • The Club at Indian Creek • Omaha, Neb. • Purse: $700,000

PGA Tour Champions: The Senior Open Championship • July 26-29, 2018 • The Old Course at St. Andrews • St. Andrews, Scotland • Purse: $2,000,000

Mackenzie Tour: Osprey Valley Open • July 19-22, 2018 • Osprey Valley Golf Club • Caledon, Ontario • Purse: $200,000

PGA Tour China: Qingdao Championship • July 19-22, 2018 • Tiger Beach Golf Club • Qingdao, China • Purse: n/a

Adams Pro Tour: Colbert Charity Classic • July 18-21, 2018 • Colbert Hills Golf Club • Manhattan, Kan. • Purse: $132,000

G Pro Tour: Georgia Open • July 17-19, 2018 • Callaway Gardens (Mountain View Course) • Pine Mountain, Ga. • Purse: n/a

 

 

 PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$373,289
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-33
65-70-65-70—270 (-14)
 Money rank
10
Earnings
$182,780
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-10
67-69-69—205 (-8)
 Money rank
17
Earnings
$8,627
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$7,266,242 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-66—138 (-4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
19
Earnings
$141,467
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$36,684,053
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
67
Earnings
$1,268,748
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-12
69-70-67—206 (-7)
 Money rank
21
Earnings
$7,976
 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
248
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$4,383
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Fike
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-39
66-68-68-69—271 (-13)
  Money rank
182
Earnings
$4,383
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$6,137,704
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
made cut-DNF
69-67-74—210 (-3)
 Money Rank
17
Earnings
$2,712,658
 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
T-49
74-72-75-75—296 (+8)
 Money rank
23
Earnings
¥134,962
 PAUL HALEY
 Dallas, Texas
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$348,201
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Highland Park
 Status: Adams Pro Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
67
Earnings
$2,995
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$43,312,877
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut (Scottish Open)
68-69—137 (-3)
 FedEx Cup Rank
79
Earnings
$1,324,997
 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
missed cut (John Deere)
71-74—145 (+3)
 FedEx/Money Rank
216
Earnings
$39,000
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$12,623,560 (PGA + Champions)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
T-17
69-72-66-69—276 (-12)
 Schwab Cup Rank
67
Earnings
$126,239
 CHRIS PETEFISH
 Danville, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2018
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
 High School: Scottsdale [Ariz.] Christian Academy
 Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
T-12
68-71-67—206 9-7)
 Money Rank
56
Earnings
$3,388
 MICHAEL PISCIOTTA
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2018
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
 High School: Alpharetta
 Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
118 (GPro)
Earnings
$700
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$134,780
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
missed cut
74-67—141 (-1)
 Money rank
83
Earnings
$43,793
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$3,297,514
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
84
Earnings
$1,133,153
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,537,666 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
163
Earnings
$6,612
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,879,598
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
74-74—148 (+6)
 FedEx Cup Rank
187
Earnings
$179,459
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$1,703,147
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-23
68-69-67-67—271 (-13)
  FedEx Cup rank
116
Earnings
$806,060
 VINCENT WHALEY
 Fayetteville, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2017
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
 High School: McKinney Boyd
 Status: Adams Pro Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
12
Earnings
$25,725

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