Nissan #ProJackets Golf Report

July 11, 2017

THE FLATS – Chesson Hadley is going back to the PGA Tour. The former Georgia Tech All-American made sure of it last weekend by capturing the LECOM Health Challenge on the Web.com Tour in Findlay, N.Y.

The 2010 Tech graduate celebrated his 30th birthday by shooting 64-65 on the weekend to hold off Beau Hossler by one shot, completing 72 holes in 23-under-par 265 to win his third event on the Web.com Tour. The victory launched him from 22nd to fourth on the Web.com Tour earnings list, assuring his place in the final top 25 at the end of the season.

“I know 23-under is probably a record for me,” Hadley, who was four better than Rick Lamb’s total in 2016, told PGATour.com. “I know I shot 22-under when I won in Puerto Rico on TOUR, but 23-under is the best I’ve ever shot. I peaked at the right time. The key is to maintain it.”

“That was the goal this year,” said Hadley, who finished No. 159 in the FedExCup standings last season. “I know I had TOUR status, it’s not great TOUR status, but it’s still TOUR status, which is always a positive. I wanted to lock my card up and once I did that I was going to go chase some TOUR starts.”

Needing some late heroics to secure the title, Hadley chipped in for par at 16 and birdied the 17th hole to reach 23-under-par, which at the time was two ahead of Hossler. Looking back on his round after the trophy presentation, Hadley knew that his ability to overcome adversity was a major key to his victory.

“Sometimes this game rewards you for having a good attitude and I truly believe that,” said Hadley, when asked about the hole-out on 16. “I hit a great shot today. I’m long, I’m sitting on dirt when I should be sitting on grass. It was a really bad lie. I shrugged it off, accepted it and said, ‘Hey, this is where we are’ and obviously ran it down the hill. I believe I chipped in because I didn’t let that affect me.”

What a phenomenal birthday present! Thank you @LECOMHC for a great event. It will be a week I'll never forget. pic.twitter.com/hk6aMGnGN7

Chesson Hadley (@chessonhadley) July 10, 2017

"This one might be the best of them all."@ChessonHadley's victory @LECOMHC was truly something special. ⛳ pic.twitter.com/nzA39JWQBD

— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) July 10, 2017

It's been an emotional journey for @ChessonHadley.

But after his @LECOMHC win, he's headed back to the TOUR. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/tweuDHyrzF

— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) July 9, 2017

Hadley’s heroics overshadowed the excellent performance by Anders Albertson, who posted his second top-10 finish in three weeks with a tie for ninth place (14-under 274). The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion, who recently got engaged, jumped to 47th in earnings on the tour, with six events left in the regular season to climb into the top 25.

PGA Tour: Only Roberto Castro and Stewart Cink made the cut last weekend out of six former Yellow Jackets competing at The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va. Castro posted one of his better finishes in a difficult season for the Tech Hall of Famer, tying for 20th place at 6-under-par 274, which included a second-round 65 and 68-68 on the weekend. Cink tied for 58th at even-par 280.

Cink, who won the 2009 Open Championship, has already headed across the pond to play in the Scottish Open this week in Ayrshire, Scotland along with Matt Kuchar, and then will join Castro in next week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.

.@stewartcink brings Major appeal to Dundonald Links for Scottish Open. https://t.co/841rQx7GLf pic.twitter.com/RAc7RBaN6S

— Georgia Tech Golf (@GT_GOLF) July 10, 2017

Castro, who also has an exemption into the Open Championship, will make one more tuneup this week at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., joining Troy Matteson, who is making a rare Tour start, Bryce Molder, Ollie Schniederjans and Cameron Tringale. Hadley is in the field, making good on his post-championship promise to chase some TOUR starts.

Can't say enough good things about @GbrClassic Memorable week for families, incredibly supportive community, and world class course. 💯👏🏼👍🏼

Roberto Castro (@cicioCASTRO) July 10, 2017

Mackenzie Tour: James White continues to enjoy a solid rookie season on the PGA Tour’s Canadian circuit, tying for 25th place (1-under 283) at the Players Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 2012 Tech graduate stands 20th in earnings on the Mackenzie Tour, and the top five at the end of the regular season (eight events remaining) earn status on the Web.com Tour.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: John Deere Classic • July 13-16, 2017 • TPC Deere Run • Silvis, Ill. • Purse: $5,600,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Utah Championship • July 13-16, 2017 • Oakridge Country Club • Farmingto, Utah • Purse: $700,000
PGA Tour Champions: Constellation Senior Players Championship • July 13-16, 2017 • Caves Valley Golf Club • Owings Mills, Md. • Purse: $2,800,000
Mackenzie Tour: Staal Foundation Open • July 13-16, 2017 • Whitewater Golf Club • Thunder Bay, Ontario • $175,000
PGA Tour China: schedule to be announced
Swing Thought Tour: Grey Stone Golf Club • June 27-30, 2017 • Dickson, Tenn.

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$145,759
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-9
66-69-71-68—274 (-14)
 Money rank
47
Earnings
$62,814
 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: 
$6,487,931
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-20
73-65-68-68—274 (-6)
 FedEx Cup Rank
165
Earnings
$216,708
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$35,140,522
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-58
70-68-69-73—280 (E)
 FedEx Cup Rank
55
Earnings
$1,189,140
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: Mini-Tours
  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
n/a
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: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$4,127,895
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
1
69-67-64-65—265 (-23)
 Money Rank
4
Earnings
$218,450
 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
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$39,769,050
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
34
Earnings
$2,063,659
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$4,433,750
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Schwab Cup Rank
43
Earnings
$196,372
 BRYCE MOLDER
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2001
 Career earnings: 
$11,129,782
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1998-2001
 High School: Conway (Ark.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
68-76—144 (+4)
 FedEx Cup Rank
174
Earnings
$204,172
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$71,138
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
41
Earnings
$71,138
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$1,483,061
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
disqualified
71-69—140 (E)
  FedEx Cup rank
59
Earnings
$1,254,369
 KYLE SCOTT
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$25,946
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Edenglen
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,473,073
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
T-59
69-70-72-73—284 (-4)
 Money Rank
29
Earnings
$92,676
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,549,838
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-68—141 (+1)
 FedEx Cup Rank
129
Earnings
$651,514
 MINGHAO WANG
 Xian, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-13
 High School: Celebration Academy
 Status: PGA Tour China
 Last week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$340,834
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
70-73—143 (+3)
  FedEx Cup rank
160
Earnings
$334,009
 JAMES WHITE
 Acworth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2012
 Career earnings: 
$10,264
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-12
 High School: Harrison
 Status: MacKenzie Tour
  Last Week
T-25
69-74-68-72—283 (-1)
 Money Rank
20
Earnings
$9,748

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