Nissan #ProJackets Golf Report

April 18, 2017

THE FLATS – Ollie Schniederjans went on a major Sunday rally at the RBC Heritage last weekend, getting to 5-under-par for his round and taking the lead for a brief period of time, but settled back to a tie for third place, his best finish as a PGA Tour rookie.

The 11-under-par 273, two shots off the winning score, earned Schniederjans his fourth top-10 finish this year and moved him up to 38th in FedEx Cup points, the highest position for any former Tech player this season. The performance also took him above $1 million in earnings both for this season and for his career.

While his putter didn’t play a major role — he ranked 40th in strokes gained: putting (minus .001) — the 23-year-old noted he made a change to the current flat stick in the bag. He also adopted the arm-lock method popularized by another former Tech All-American, Matt Kuchar, which allows the grip to rest against the left forearm in an effort to maintain a stable stroke through impact. Schniederjans was using a more conventional setup and grip prior to using the arm-lock method.

“I had a week off during the Masters and just took some time to work on my putting,” Schniederjans told PGATour.com. “I really wanted to make an adjustment because I felt like I wasn’t giving it the best roll every time. It’s something I did a while back with the long putter that just gets me set in, and it was mostly solid this week.”

Ollie Schniederjans on rookie success, adjusting to tour life and golf's "thin line" https://t.co/k8UgJjkTG9 pic.twitter.com/WNwGgQfHOj

— Golf World (@GolfWorld) April 18, 2017

Kuchar, meanwhile, posted another sizzling Sunday round with a 64 to finish tied for 11th place at 276 (-8), his third-best finish of the year, and boosted him to 42nd in FedEx Cup points. Kuchar shot a 65 on Sunday at the Masters, which included a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th hole. His former teammate, Bryce Molder, was the third Jacket to make the cut at Hilton Head, tying for 44th place.

Kuchar is considered one of the favorites this week at the Valero Texas Open, where he has three top-15 finishes since 2012. Molder and Schniederjans also are in the field along with Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Cameron Tringale and Richy Werenski.

Elsewhere: Larry Mize continued to play solid golf on the PGA Tour Champions with a tie for 39th finish (214, -2) last weekend at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. He ranked 46th in Schwab Cup earnings this season … Graduating Tech senior Vincent Whaley tied for 20th in the MacKenzie Tour qualifying event last week at Sebring, Fla., beating par all four rounds to earn early-season status on that tour when it begins in June. Bo Andrews and Drew Czuchry both finished outside of earning any status … The Web.com Tour resumes play this weekend in Indiana after a month off, and all four former Jackets in the tour (Anders Albertson, Chesson Hadley, Seth Reeves, Nicholas Thompson) are in the field. Thompson leads that group, standing eighth in Web.com Tour earnings for 2017, while Albertson is next at No. 49 following his tie for ninth at the Chitimacha Louisiana open last time out.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: RBC Heritage • April 20-23, 2017 • TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks • San Antonio, Texas • Purse: $6,200,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: United Leasing & Finance Championship • April 20-23, 2017 • Victoria National Golf Club • Newburgh, Ind. • Purse: $600,000
PGA Tour Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf • April 21-23, 2017 • Top of the Rock • Ridgedale, Mo. • Purse: $2,400,000
MacKenzie Tour: MacKenzie Tour Q-School • five sessions between Mar. 14-May 5 • various sites
PGA Tour China: Henan Open • May 9-15, 2017 • St. Andrews Golf Club • Zhengzhou, Henan
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica: 86 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp • April 20-23, 2017 • Cordoba Golf Club • Cordoba, Argentina • Purse: $175,000
Swing Thought Tour: Castle Bay • April 20-23, 2017 • Hampstead, N.C.

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$103,610
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
49
Earnings
$20,665
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: MacKenzie Tour (qualifier)
  Last Week
T-44
74-68-67-76—286 (-2)
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$6,450,802
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
71-72—143 (+1)
 FedEx/Money Rank
156
Earnings
$224,579
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$34,640,817
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
70-73—143 (+1)
 FedEx Rank
61
Earnings
$689,435
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: MacKenzie Tour (qualifier)
  Last Week
T-52
68-72-77-70—287 (-1)
 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 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
 eGolf/ST Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$3,925,855
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
33
Earnings
$21,960
 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: 
$38,863,133
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-11
68-71-73-64—276 (-8)
 FedEx Rank
42
Earnings
$1,157,742
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$10,059,890
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx/Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$4,304,626
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
T-39
67-73-74—214 (-2)
 Schwab Cup Rank
46
Earnings
$67,249
 BRYCE MOLDER
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2001
 Career earnings: 
$11,034,930
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1998-2001
 High School: Conway (Ark.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-44
73-67-70-72—282 (-2)
 FedEx Rank
177
Earnings
$109,320
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$27,963
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
77
Earnings
$21,960
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$1,292,223
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-3
68-68-69-68—273 (-11)
  Money rank
38
Earnings
$1,063,531
 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: 
$734,090
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
8
Earnings
$74,299
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,263,739
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
121
Earnings
$365,415
 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
 MATT WEIBRING
 Plano, Texas
 Turned pro:
2002
 Career earnings: 
$1,635,583
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1999-2002
 High School: Bishop Lynch
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$327,983
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
125
Earnings
$321,158
 JAMES WHITE
 Acworth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2012
 Career earnings: 
$40,109
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-12
 High School: Harrison
 Status: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
1
70-63-73-72—278 (-2)
 Money Rank
2
Earnings
$8,760

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