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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATS – Matt Kuchar comes up short after holding 54-hole lead at Genesis Invitational … J.T. Griffin posts top-10 finish, best of the year on Korn Ferry Tour … Larry Mize off to solid start on Champions Tour … more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

On the doorstep of victory No. 10 of his stellar PGA Tour career, Matt Kuchar came up short on Sunday after carding a couple of bogeys early in the back nine to finish with a 1-over-par 72. After opening with a 7-under-par 64, he tied for second place, posting the 107th top-10 finish of his career, with a 9-under-par 275, two shots behind Adam Scott.

The finish elevated the 41-year-old Kuchar from 95th to 39th on the FedEx Cup points list and put him over $51 million in career earnings.

Cameron Tringale was the only other Yellow Jacket in the field, tying for 30th place at 282 (-2) and holding at No. 79 on the FedEx Cup list.

Kuchar will play for the third straight week this weekend as the only Jacket in the field at the World Golf Championships’ Mexico Championship. He is 15th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Four other Yellow Jackets, including Roberto Castro, Chesson Hadley, Richy Werenski and Vincent Whaley, are down in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Open, an event Hadley won six years ago.

KORN FERRY TOUR

He wasn’t able to secure fully exempt status on the Korn Ferry Tour through qualifying school, but J.T. Griffin is doing his best to get it through his limited starts early in the 2020 season. The 2011 Tech graduate, in his ninth year as a pro golfer, posted his second top-10 finish in three starts last weekend with a tie for seventh place at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Florida, firing four rounds under 70 and finishing at 19-under-par 269. He finished fifth in the same event a year ago.

Most importantly, Griffin jumped from 43rd to 21st in the Korn Ferry points race, bidding to finish among the top 25 at the end of the regular season and earn the PGA Tour card that comes with that.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Larry Mize tied for 38th place last weekend at the Chubb Classic (209, -4) in Naples, Fla., and stands 41st in the Schwab Cup points list. He has a tie for 20th and a tie for 38th in his two starts in 2020.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • World Golf Championships:  WGC-Mexico Championship • February 20-23, 2020 • Club de Golf Chapultpec • Mexico City, Mexico • Purse: $10,500,000 • FedEx Cup points: 550
  • PGA Tour:  Puerto Rico Open • February 20-23, 2020 • Coco Beach Country Club • Rio Grande, P.R. • Purse: $3,000,000 • FedEx Cup points: 300
  • Web.com Tour:  El Bosque Mexico Championship • February 27-March 1, 2020 • El Bosque Country Club • Guanajuato, Mexico • Purse: $650,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Cologuard Classic • February 28-March 1, 2020 • Omni Tucson National • Tucson, Ariz. • Purse: $1,700,000
  • Mackenzie Tour:  PGA Tour Canada Q-School – USA Central • February 18-21, 2020 • TPC San Antonio – AT&T Canyons • San Antonio, Texas
  • 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:  Brunswick Country Club • February 24-25, 2020 • Brunswick, Ga.
  • G Pro Tour:  Palencia Championship • February 25-27, 2020 • The Palencia Club • St. Augustine, Fla.

PLAYERPLAYERLAST WEEKDATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 152
YTD earnings: $2,914
Career earnings (KFT): $524,751
ROBERTO CASTRO
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2007
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 195
YTD earnings: $105,063
Career earnings: $7,372,898
STEWART CINK
Hometown: Florence, Ala.
Residence: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 138
YTD earnings: $348,582
Career earnings: $38,019,102
JAMES CLARK
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 2019
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-19
Status: tba
Did not playPoints ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: n/a
DREW CZUCHRY
Hometown: Auburn, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
Status: tba
Did not playPoints ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: n/a
DAVID DUVAL
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Residence: Denver, Colo.
Turned pro: 1993
Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
Status: none
Did not playPoints ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: $19,196,243
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 playPoints ranking: T-21
YTD earnings: $51,569
Career earnings (KFT): $113,546
CHESSON HADLEY
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro: 2010
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 129
YTD earnings: $316,886
Career earnings: $7,916,428
SHUN YAT HAK
Hometown: Hong Kong
Turned pro: 2013
Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
Status: PGA Tour China
Did not playOrder of Merit: 56
YTD earnings: ¥113,512
Career earnings: ¥251,305
PAUL HALEY II
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Turned pro: 2011
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: T-141
YTD earnings: $5,897
Career earnings (KFT): $350,668
MATT KUCHAR
Hometown:
Lake Mary, Fla.
Residence: Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro: 2000
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 46
YTD earnings: $1,190,106
Career earnings: $51,192,773
TROY MATTESON
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Turned pro: 2003
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
Status: no status
Did not playPoints ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: $10,111,266
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playPoints ranking: 35
YTD earnings: $72,895
Career earnings: $12,894,836
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: MacKenzie Tour
did not playPoints ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: $62,900
MICHAEL PISCIOTTA
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Developmental tours
Did not playPoints ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings: n/a
SETH REEVES
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 70
YTD earnings: $13.978
Career earnings (KFT): $275,366
Career earnings (PGAT): $309,588
OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 82
YTD earnings: $12,738
Career earnings (KFT): $392,034
Career earnings (PGAT): $3,879,653
NICHOLAS THOMPSON
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro: 2005
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 65
YTD earnings: $18,542
Career earnings: $6,609,956
CAMERON TRINGALE
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro: 2009
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 86
YTD earnings: $569,470
Career earnings: $11,481,174
RICHY WERENSKI
Hometown: South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 95
YTD earnings: $571,419
Career earnings: $3,401,119
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
tatus: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 165
YTD earnings: $178,451
Career earnings: $178,451

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