Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATS – Matt Kuchar won his eighth PGA Tour event and first since 2014 … Richy Werenski challenges all weekend and earns top-5 finish … Three Jackets advance to the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School … This and more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

There had been nothing to indicate that victory was imminent. Matt Kuchar had been a top-10 machine and challenged many times over the last 4 ½ years, including a runner-up finish at the 2017 Open Championship. But the former Georgia Tech All-American had not won since the 2014 RBC Heritage Classic. He had only four top-10 finishes in 2018 and tied for 57th last week at the Shriners Hospital Open in Las Vegas

But something clicked last weekend as Kuchar played the first three rounds in 64-64-65 to take a four-stroke lead after 54 holes. Sunday, he survived some shaky play down the stretch, with bogeys at 14 and 15, and rattled in a par putt from just inside three feet on 18 to shoot a final-round 69 for a one-stroke victory over Danny Lee (65). He broke the tournament scoring record with a 22-under-par and qualified to play in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which brings together all of the 2018 PGA Tour winners at famed Kapalua Golf Club in Hawai’i in January.

He earned more than $1.2 million for the victory and vaulted to No. 5 in the FedEx Cup points standings.

Kuchar gets 8th Tour win at Mayakoba Golf Classic

Kuchar relies on experience at Mayakoba

“I aspire to make Presidents Cup, I aspire to make the TOUR Championship, I aspire to win multiple times in the ’18-’19 season,” Kuchar said. “A major’s still on my list. Those are all goals for me and I think this will help leapfrog that. That confidence because of winning a tournament hopefully propels me to a great ’19.”

Kuchar will try and keep the train rolling when he competes in the Australian Open this weekend, then partners with former Clemson All-American Kyle Stanley to represent the United States in the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, which will be played later this month in Melbourne, Australia. They will look to record the USA’s 25th title since the tournament’s inception in 1953. With eight total appearances between the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, as well as twice a representative for the United States in the World Cup, Kuchar is no stranger to team success. In 2011, Kuchar teamed with Gary Woodland at Mission Hills Golf Club in China to win by two strokes over Germany and England. He also earned a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Somewhat lost on the euphoria of Kuchar’s celebration was a masterful performance by another former Yellow Jacket, Richy Werenski. The 2014 Tech graduate continues to build momentum in his third PGA Tour season, and tied for third at Mayakoba, finishing just three shots behind Kuchar at 19-under-par 265. It was the sixth career top-10 finish for Werenski, who put together rounds of 65-66-67-67 and moved up to No. 22 in the FedEx Cup standings. He has earned more than $500,000 this season.

Seth Reeves, who tied for seventh earlier at the Sanderson Farms Championship tied for 29th place after firing four rounds in the 60s (11-under 273), and sits at No. 84 in the FedEx Cup race. Anders Albertson tied for 55th place and comes in ad No. 66 in FedEx Cup points.

Web.com Tour:  Georgia Tech graduated three former golfers from the Web.com Tour to the PGA Tour following the 2018 season, and three other alumni are still in the race to replace them for 2019. Paul Haley, J.T. Griffin and Vincent Whaley all advanced to the finals of the Web.com Tour Q-School last weekend at two different sites in the second stage of qualifying.

Haley, a native of Dallas, Texas, who graduated in 2011 and won the ACC Championship as a senior, was the medalist at the RTJ Trail Magnolia Course in Mobile, Ala. With a 23-under-par total of 265, while Griffin, also a 2011 graduate, tied for 12th place in Mobile (17-under 271). Whaley, a two-time collegiate champion who graduated in 2017, tied for sixth place (16-under-par 272) at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla.

The final stage of qualifying will take place Dec. 6-9 in Chandler, Ariz.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour:  RSM Classic • November 15-18, 2018 • Sea Island Resort (Seaside course) • Sea Island, Ga. • Purse: $6,400,000 • FedExCup Points: 500

Web.com Tour:  The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic • January 13-16, 2019 • Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club • Great Exuma, Bahamas • Purse: $600,000

PGA Tour Champions:  PNC Father-Son Challenge • December 14-16, 2018 • Ritz-Carlton Golf Club • Orlando, Fla. • Purse: $1,085,000

Mackenzie Tour:  Aruba Cup • December 13-15, 2018 • Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf • Noord, Aruba • Purse: $120,000

PGA Tour China:  season over

Adams Pro Tour:  season over

G Pro Tour:  The Club at Savannah Quarters • November 14-15, 2018 • The Club at Savannah Quarters • Savannah, Ga. • Purse: n/a

 

PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
$239,333
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Etowah
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-55
67-71-70-70—278 (-6))
 2018 Money rank
66
Earnings
$228,053
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro:
2007
Career earnings: 
$6,792,090
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
High School: Milton
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 Money Rank
80
Earnings
$198,505
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro:
1995
Career earnings: 
$37,441,778
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
96
Earnings
$139,265
 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/Web.com Q-School
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
29 (G Pro)
Earnings
$9,832
 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
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
Turned pro:
2011
Career earnings: 
$31,798
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Fike
Status: Web.com Q-School
  Last Week
T-12 (advanced to finals)
66-69-69-67—271 (-17)
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro:
2010
Career earnings: 
$6,950,703
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
14
Earnings
$756,793
 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
season over
n/a
 2018 Order of Merit
37
Earnings
¥170,385
 PAUL HALEY
 Dallas, Texas
Turned pro:
2011
Career earnings (Web.com): 
$348,201
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Highland Park
Status: Web.com Q-School
 Last Week
Won (advanced to finals)
67-66-65-67—265 (-23)
 2018 Money Rank
23 (Adams Pro Tour)
Earnings
$20,101
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro:
2000
Career earnings: 
$45,019,237
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
Won
64-64-65-69—262 (-22)
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
5
Earnings
$1,311,260
 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
 2018 FedEx cup Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro:
1980
Career earnings: 
$12,683,811 (PGA + Champions)
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
High School: unknown
Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
season over
n/a
 2018 Schwab Cup Rank
65
Earnings
$209,455
 CHRIS PETEFISH
 Danville, Calif.
Turned pro:
2018
Career earnings: 
$4,180
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
High School: Scottsdale [Ariz.] Christian Academy
Status: Web.com Q-School
  Last Week
T-34
71-68-65-72—276 (-12)
 2018 Money Rank
31 (G Pro)
Earnings
$9,528
 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
 2018Money Rank
154
Earnings
$700
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
$188,310
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Peachtree Ridge
Status: PGA Tour
 Last week
T-29
68-69-69-67—273 (-11)
 2018 Money rank
84
Earnings
$188,310
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
$3,494,991
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Harrison
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
71-71—142 (E)
  2018 FedEx Cup rank
171
Earnings
$27,020
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro:
2005
Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,537,666
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
High School: Stoneman Douglas
Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro:
2009
Career earnings: 
$9,898,427
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
High School: Mission Viejo
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
159
Earnings
$27,829
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
$2,500,218
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-3
65-66-67-67—265 (-19)
  2018 FedEx Cup rank
22
Earnings
$521,848
 VINCENT WHALEY
 Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro:
2017
Career earnings: 
$38,025
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
High School: McKinney Boyd
Status: Adams Pro Tour/Web.com Q-School
  Last Week
2
51 points (Stableford)
 Money Rank
3 (Adams)
Earnings
$49,526

 

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