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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATS – Matt Kuchar notched his third international victory in Singapore … Vincent Whaley earns his best PGA Tour finish … Ollie Schniederjans opens Korn Ferry season with solid finish … more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

International travel has been fruitful for Matt Kuchar. First, the Georgia Tech All-American helped the United States to a come-from-behind victory in the Presidents Cup in December, draining the clinching putt during his singles match on the final day. Last weekend, he scored a three-stroke victory over Justin Rose in the SMBC Singapore Open to earn the third international victory of his career.

Kuchar, the world number 24, regrouped after his travails at the par-five seventh and staged a grandstand finish with birdies at the 16th and 18th to card a 70 for a three stroke victory over Rose, who picked up four shots on the back nine to sign for a closing 67.

He had taken command of the tournament with a third-round 62 on Saturday, the lowest round shot in the event since it moved to the Sentosa Golf Club in 2005.

Counting his nine victories on the PGA Tour, Kuchar has 16 professional tournament titles in his career and has more than $50 million in career PGA Tour earnings.

PGA TOUR

Stateside last weekend, five former Yellow Jackets competed in The American Express, the first 2020 event in the West Coast swing on the PGA Tour. Chesson Hadley and Vincent Whaley tied for 29th place with 14-under-par totals of 278, while Cameron Tringale tied for 43rd place (-12).

The finish was the best for Whaley, who shot three rounds in the 60s, in seven starts in his rookie campaign. The 2017 Tech graduate has made three cuts and made just over $74,000.

Stewart Cink and Richy Werenski, who was making his first start since suffering a broken hand in a car accident last October, both missed the cut, but are back in action this weekend in the Farmers Insurance Open at famed Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, Calif., along with Hadley, Tringale and Whaley.

KORN FERRY TOUR

Ollie Schniederjans enjoyed a solid start to his 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season with a tie for 11th place at the Great Exuma Classic in the Bahamas. Schniederjans was unable to keep his PGA Tour card after the 2019 campaign after competing on that level for three years. Seth Reeves, who played his rookie year on the PGA Tour last season but also was unable to keep his card, missed the cut last week.

Both players are in the field for the Great Abaco Classic in Nassau, currently in progress.

Five Georgia Tech players have varying degrees of status during the early part of the Korn Ferry schedule. Anders Albertson, as a previous winner on the tour, is fully exempt for 2020 after playing last season on the PGA Tour. J.T. Griffin and Paul Haley II finished one stroke out of the top 40 in the final stage of the qualifying event, while Nicholas Thompson tied for 53rd. They all have conditional status.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Farmers Insurance Open • January 23-26, 2020 • Torrey Pines Golf Club (South Course) • San Diego, Calif. • Purse: $7,500,000 • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Web.com Tour:  The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic • January 19-22, 2020 • Royal Blue Golf Club • Nassau, Bahamas • Purse: $600,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Morocco Champions • January 30-February 1, 2020 • Samanah Golf Club • Marrakech, Morocco • Purse: $2,000,000
  • Mackenzie Tour:  qualifying schools in United States • March-April, 2020
  • PGA Tour China:  Sanya Championship • March 26-29, 2020 • Yalong Bay Golf Club • Sanya, Hainan
  • All Pro Tour:  Coke Dr. Pepper Open • March 11-14, 2020 • Oak Wing Golf Club/Links on the Bayou • Alexandria, La.
  • SwingThought Tour:  The Club at LaCosta • February 12-13, 2020 • San Diego, Calif.
  • G Pro Tour:  South Coast Bank Championship • February 4-6, 2020 • Frederica Golf Club • St. Simons, Ga.

PLAYERPLAYERLAST WEEKDATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 283
YTD earnings: $8,760
KFT points ranking: 126
YTD earnings (KFT): $14,525
Career earnings (PGAT): $556,905
Career earnings (KFT): $929,956
STEWART CINK
Hometown: Florence, Ala.
Residence: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
Status: PGA Tour/PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: 24
YTD Earnings (Champions): $144,315
Career earnings (Champions): $787,185
FedEx Cup points ranking: 169
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $67,645
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $43,526,864
WILL DICKSON
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2021
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Status: Developmental tours
Did not playGPro Points ranking: 20
YTD Earnings (GPro): $4,797
Career earnings (GPro): $59,704
Points ranking (KFT): 193
YTD earnings (KFT): $4,538
Points ranking (FET): 154
YTD earnings (FET): $2,571
DAVID DUVAL
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Residence: Denver, Colo.
Turned pro: 1993
Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup Points ranking: 84
YTD earnings (Champions): $38,506
Career earnings (Champions): $331,796
Career earnings (PGAT): $18,983,931
J.T. GRIFFIN
Hometown: Wilson, N.C.
Residence: Marietta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2011
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playFortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
Career earnings (Canada): $29,836
Career earnings (KFT): $187,056
CHESSON HADLEY
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro: 2010
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 122
YTD earnings: $441,312
Career earnings: $12,165,371
SHUN YAT HAK
Hometown: Hong Kong
Turned pro: 2013
Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
Status: PGA Tour China
Did not playFortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: ¥251,305
PAUL HALEY II
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Turned pro: 2011
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
Status: PGA Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
78th
68-68-74-75--285 (-3)
FedEx Cup points: 221
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 183
YTD earnings (KFT): $9,160
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,086,525
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-53
73-65-71-71--280 (-8)
KFT points ranking: 167
YTD earnings (KFT): $12,110
Fortinet Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): $n/a
MATT KUCHAR
Hometown:
Lake Mary, Fla.
Residence: Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro: 2000
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 180
YTD earnings: $197,276
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,955,967
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $10,863
Career earnings (Champions): $5,166,866
Career earnings (PGAT): $7,947,092
ANDY OGLETREE
Hometown: Little Rock, Miss.
Residence: Roswell, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: Asian Tour
PGA of America
PGA Championship
missed cut
73-75--148 (+6)
LIV standings: 28
YTD earnings (LIV): $1,608,000
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
Career earnings (LIV): $2,083,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
missed cut
74-71--145 (+1)
KFT Points ranking: 122
YTD earnings (KFT): $20,239
Career earnings (KFT): $342,455
Career earnings (PGA Tour Canada): $21,118
SETH REEVES
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-10
69-69-68-67--273 (-15)
KFT points ranking: 66
YTD earnings (KFT): $51,880
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $677,998
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
PGA Tour Americas
Inter Rapidismo Championship
T-23
73-67-69-70--279 (-9)
Fortinet Cup points: 65
YTD earnings (Americas): $4,736
Career earnings (Canada): $46,844
OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
missed cut
72-72--144 (even)
KFT Points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $28,830
Career earnings (KFT): $589,540
Career earnings (PGAT): $3,879,653
BEN SMITH
Hometown: Novi, Mich.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2022
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-22
Status: developmental tours
Did not playGPro points ranking: 36
YTD earnings: $2,595
ROSS STEELMAN
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2021-23
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-36
68-72-68-70--278 (-10)
KFT points ranking: 27
YTD earnings (KFT): $100,793
Career earnings (KFT): $124,914
TYLER STRAFACI
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Residence: Davie, Fla.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: none
Did not playFortinet Cup points: 114
YTD earnings (Canada): $789
Career earnings (PGAT Americas): $45,681
YTD earnings (GPro Tour): $1,112
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $21,111
Career earnings (Canada): $12,970
NICHOLAS THOMPSON
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro: 2005
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): $922,294
Career earnings (PGAT): $5,729,551
CAMERON TRINGALE
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro: 2009
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
Status: LIV Golf/Asian Tour
Did not playLIV standings: 32
YTD Earnings (LIV): $1,484,050
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,535,898
Career earnings (PGAT): $17,310,004
RICHY WERENSKI
Hometown: South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 191
KFT points ranking: 48
YTD earnings (KFT): $65,960
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $512,403
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,765,035
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
Status: PGA Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Advent Health Championship
T-4
65-72-66-68--271 (-17)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 154
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $206,369
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,852,178
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 81
YTD earnings (KFT): $206,369
Career earnings (KFT): $350,642

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