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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSSeth Reeves challenges for another victory on the Korn Ferry Tour but comes up short … PGA Tour season ends for Matt Kuchar and Richy Werenski, but the U.S. Open awaits for both … Andy Ogletree in field for LocaliQ Series … More below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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PGA TOUR UPDATE

The 2019-20 PGA Tour season came to a close for Matt Kuchar and Richy Werenski, neither posting a strong enough performance last weekend to join the 30-man field for this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Werenski tied for 20th place at last weekend’s BMW Championship outside of Chicago, finishing the 2020 campaign in 39th place in FedEx Cup points, the best performance of his career to date. Kuchar slipped to 62nd place in points after his tie for 59th place at the BMW, with his wife, Sybi, on his bag after Kuchar split with his longtime caddie, John Woods.

It is only the second time in 11 years that Kuchar has missed playing at East Lake, but the nine-time PGA Tour winner is in the field for the U.S. Open on Sept. 17-20 and the Masters in November. Werenski also has a spot in the 144-player U.S. Open field.

PGA Tour leaderboard

 

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KORN FERRY TOUR UPDATE

Last weekend’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship did not signal the end of the 2020 season as it usually does. The wrap-around season continues the next five weeks with four events rescheduled from the spring and one new tournament in October.

Seth Reeves made a bid for his second Korn Ferry Tour victory in the last month, holding a share of the lead after 36 holes, but wound up in a tie for third place at 16-under-par 272. After missing six straight curs coming out of the Covid-19 shutdown, Reeves has a win, a tie for 18th and a tie for third in his last five events, moving up to 13th in the current Korn Ferry Tour points standings.

Continuing his strong play since the return to golf was Ollie Schniederjans, who tied for 12th place at 12-under-par 276. With four top-10 finishes since the resumption of play, Schniederjans has advanced to 28th place in points.

After a streak of five missed cuts, J.T. Griffin has rebounded with ties for 37th and 42nd places in the last two weeks. He shot 6-under 282 at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship and ranks 58th in points. Paul Haley II missed the cut and slipped to No. 30.

Anders Albertson took last week off but returns this week to the site of his 2018 title at the Lincoln Land Championship in Springfield, Mo. Griffin also is in the field, while Nicholas Thompson returns to action after a week off and PGA Tour rookie Vincent Whaley joins them. Reeves and Haley are idle.

Korn Ferry leaderboard

 

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LOCALiQ SERIES UPDATE

The LOCALiQ Series is leaving the Peach State behind for Alabama and this week’s Invitational at Auburn University Club. Tournament action begins Tuesday. Concluding this week is The Southern Company Swing, with only two players still in the running for the $7,500 first prize based on the Race to The Bahamas Points Standings. The Southern Company Swing rewards the player who accumulates the most points in the Series’ first four tournaments. The second-place finisher will walk away with $2,500, courtesy of the Southern Company.

Chris Petefish, though not in the running for the Southern Company prizes, has tied for 23rd, seventh and 47th in the three events played so far, and sits 19th in the points standings. This week he is joined in the field by 2020 graduate Andy Ogletree, the only amateur in the field. Ogletree, who has berths in the fields for the U.S. Open Sept. 17-20 and the Masters in November by virtue of his 2019 U.S. Amateur triumph, has played in three PGA TOUR events in 2020, missing the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge, the RBC Heritage and the Memorial Tournament.

The LocaliQ Series, the U.S.-based tournament series designed for members of the PGA Tours in Canada, Latino America and China, has four remaining events, culminating in the LocaliQ Series Championship at Nassau, Bahamas in late October.

LocaliQ Series Leaderboard

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS UPDATE

Larry Mize tied for 59th at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National last weekend, only the fourth event since the senior tour resumed competition. The former Masters champion posted 2-under-par 211 and sits at 59th in Schwab Cup points. The tour is off until mid-September when it resumes South Dakota.

Champions Tour Leaderboard

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U.S. OPEN UPDATE

Four Yellow Jackets – Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Andy Ogletree (a) and Richy Werenski – will be in the 144-player field for the 120th U.S. Open Championship, which will be held Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

The United States Golf Association is building its field entirely on exemptions, with no qualifying held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Monday, the USGA announced the addition of 16 competitors – five from the recently completed three-tournament series on the Korn Ferry Tour and eleven based on the Official World Golf Ranking – bringing the field to 139 players. Five more slots will be filled in the coming weeks.

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UPCOMING EVENTS (subject to change)

  • PGA Tour:  Tour Championship • September 4-7, 2020 • East Lake Golf Club • Atlanta, Ga. • Purse: $10,000,000
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Lincoln Land Championship • September 3-6, 2020 • Panther Creek Country Club • Springfield, Ill. • Purse: $600,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Sanford International • September 11-13, 2020 • Minnehaha Country Club • Sioux Falls, S.D. • Purse: $1,800,000
  • LocaliQ Series:  The Invitational at Auburn University • September 1-3, 2020 • Auburn University Club • Auburn, Ala.
  • All Pro Tour:  Sand Creek Championship • September 15-17, 2020 • Sand Creek Station Golf Club • Newton, Kan. • Purse: $120,000
  • G Pro Tour:  Columbia Open • September 16-18, 2020 • Columbia Country Club • Blythewood, S.C.
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST15/Sandpiper • September 9-10, 2020 • Sandpiper Golf Club • Santa Barbara, Calif.

PLAYERPLAYERLAST WEEKDATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
71-69--140 (E)
Points ranking: 63
YTD earnings: $68,737
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: n/a
YTD earnings: $0
Career earnings: $7,411,048
STEWART CINK
Hometown: Florence, Ala.
Residence: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 3
YTD earnings: $1,188,000
Career earnings: $39,349,141
JAMES CLARK
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 2019
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-19
Status: developmental tours
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: developmental tours
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
70-75--145 (+5)
Points ranking: 69
YTD earnings: $73,405
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: 43
YTD earnings: $129,213
Career earnings: $8,213,948
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
72-68--140 (E)
Points ranking: 38
YTD earnings: $121,626
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: --
YTD earnings: $1,515,585
Career earnings (PGAT): $51,518,252
TROY MATTESON
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Turned pro: 2003
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
Status: none
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: 57
YTD earnings: $118,167
Career earnings (Champions): $4,993,017
Career earnings (PGAT): $7,947,092
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: MacKenzie Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: 19
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
70-70--140 (E)
Points ranking: 17
YTD earnings: $187,228
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
T-8
69-65-68-66--268 (-12)
Points ranking: 32
YTD earnings: $148,992
Career earnings (KFT): $302,034
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
missed cut
68-73--141 (+1)
Points ranking: 147
YTD earnings: $25,289
Career earnings (KFT): $880,405
Career earnings (PGAT): $5,729,551
CAMERON TRINGALE
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro: 2009
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: --
YTD earnings: $0
Career earnings (PGAT): $11,830,876
RICHY WERENSKI
Hometown: South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro: 2014
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
Status: PGA Tour
Did not playPoints ranking: --
YTD earnings: $1,716,417
Career earnings (PGAT): $4,546,107
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
tatus: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
T-28
69-71-71-69--280 (-8)
PGA Tour Points ranking: 41
YTD earnings: $84,820
Career earnings (PGAT): $292,391
Career earnings (KFT): $167,469

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