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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSMatt Kuchar shows his talent for match play once again with a third-place finish at the Dell Technologies Match Play … Chesson Hadley, Roberto Castro and Vincent Whaley solid in the Dominican … J.T. Griffin earns top-10 finish in the Korn Ferry Tour … More below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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KUCHAR ADDS TO HIS WGC-MATCH PLAY MARK WITH THIRD-PLACE FINISH

Matt Kuchar didn’t look the part of a 42-year-old PGA Tour veteran late Sunday afternoon at Austin Country Club. Following his 2-and-1 victory over Victor Perez in the day’s consolation match, Kuchar leaned into his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play resume.

“What time’s my next match? When do I get Billy Horschel. I got six points, how many has he got? Come on, Billy, any time, any place, I’m ready, you know it,” Kuchar joked.

There was no second chance waiting for Kuchar. He lost his semifinal match to Scottie Scheffler and Horschel won the championship match, 2 and 1. Instead, Kuchar had to settle for third place, again.

Kuchar’s record at the WGC-Match Play is better than many PGA Tour careers. He’s won once (2013), finished runner-up once (2019) and now has two third-place finishes (2011 and ’21) for a total of eight top-10 finishes in 11 starts and over $4.9 million in earnings in the event.

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The Georgia Tech All-American swept all three of his matches in group play, defeating Justin Thomas, Louis Oosthuizen and Kevin Kisner, the latter avenging a loss in the 2019 Dell Technologies Match Play finals. Then he knocked off Jordan Spieth in the round of 16, somewhat avenging his loss to Spieth in the 2017 Open Championship, and Brian Harman in the quarterfinals.

Kuchar’s performance last weekend bumped him more than 70 spots in the FedEx Cup points race to No. 102, and also had implications for his chances of making the U.S. Ryder Cup team, jumping him six spots to No. 23 in the U.S. rankings. He continues tuning up for The Masters this week at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

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HADLEY, CASTRO AND WHALEY PLAY WELL IN THE DOMINICAN

Chesson Hadley and Roberto Castro made the most of their starts in last weekend’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, posting their highest finishes in some time, and relative newcomer Vincent Whaley also enjoyed a solid weekend.

Hadley tied for 13th place with a 6-under-par score of 282 to snap a string of five missed cuts, while Castro tied for 18th, just one stroke behind Hadley. It was Hadley’s best finish of the 2020-21 season, and his third top-20 finish, leaving him at No. 134 on the FedEx Cup points list. Castro, with limited status, has made only four starts this season, but has posted a T39 (Puerto Rico Open) and a T18 in his last two.

Meanwhile, Whaley earned a tie for 28th place at 285 (-3) and sits at No. 135 in points.

Hadley and Whaley are in the field for the Valero Texas open this week along with Cameron Tringale (No. 43) and Kuchar. It is the last chance for all but Kuchar to earn an invitation to the Masters.

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GRIFFIN EARNS FIRST TOP-10 FINISH SINCE LAST MARCH

J.T. Griffin earned his highest finish in more than a year last weekend, a tie for 10th place at the Club Car Championship in Savannah, Ga. The Wilson, N.C., native overcame an opening 75 to finish 67-65-68 for a 13-under-par total of 275. It was Griffin’s third top-10 finish of the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2020-21 wrap-around season, but he had missed the cut in the last three events and in 11 of the intervening 18 events since the COVID-19 shutdown ended.

Paul Haley II also had a good weekend with a tie for 16th place (276, -12), which edged him up four positions in the Korn Ferry Tour points standings. Seth Reeves tied for 55th place and dropped one spot to 21st. Anders Albertson, Ollie Schniederjans and Nicholas Thompson missed the cut.

Reeves remains Georgia Tech’s top-ranked player in Korn Ferry Tour points (No. 21), with Haley at No. 38, Schniederjans at No. 39, Albertson at No. 57 and Griffin at No. 75. The top 25 in points at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards for the 2021-22 season.

All but Thompson are in the field for this weekend’s Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla. Luke Schniederjans lost a playoff in Monday qualifying after firing a 66.

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ELSEWHERE

Kevin Larsen, a four-year Georgia Tech teammate of Roberto Castro’s, competed in a MacKenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada) qualifying event last weekend in San Jacinto, Calif., finishing solo 29th with a 5-over-par score of 293.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Valero Texas Open • April 1-4, 2021 • TPC San Antonio • San Antonio, Texas • Purse: $7,700,000
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin • April 1-4, 2021 • Ravens Golf Club • Destin, Fla. • Purse: $600,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Chubb Classic • April 16-18, 2021 • Tiburon Golf Club • Naples, Fla. • Purse: $1,600,000
  • All Pro Tour:  Mac Haik and Lincoln Victory Open • April 7-10, 2021 • Victoria Country Club • Victoria, Texas • Purse: $130,000
  • G Pro Tour:  Augusta Open • March 31-April 2, 2021 • Belle Meade Golf Club • Thomson, Ga.
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST 17 Georgia National • March 31-April 2, 2021 • Georgia National Golf Club • Atlanta, 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: 167
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $210,115
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $43,736,979
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
PGA Tour Champions
American Family Insurance Championship
T-14
69-68-74--211 (-5)
Schwab Cup Points ranking: 51
YTD earnings (Champions): $164,798
Career earnings (Champions): $458,088
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: 127
YTD earnings: $463,903
Career earnings: $12,187,963
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
BMW Charity Pro-Am
missed cut
68-72--140 (-3)
FedEx Cup points: 221
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 192
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
BMW Charity Pro-Am
T-51
70-67-71-69--277 (-8)
KFT points ranking: 174
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
PGA Tour
the Memorial Tournament
T-33
75-71-74-74--294 (+6)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 165
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
LIV Golf Series
Houston
T-42
77-70-70--217 (+1)
LIV standings: 28
YTD earnings (LIV): $1,735,750
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
Career earnings (LIV): $2,211,000
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
BMW Charity Pro-Am
withdrew
70-68--138 (-5)
KFT Points ranking: 132
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
BMW Charity Pro-Am
2nd
64-64-73-64--265 (-20)
KFT points ranking: 73
YTD earnings (KFT): $60,549
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $686,576
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
Did not playFortinet 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
Did not playKFT 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
Did not playKFT points ranking: 31
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
LIV Golf Series
Houston
T-9
70-69-68--207 (-9)
LIV standings: 32
YTD Earnings (LIV): $1,880,925
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,932,775
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
Korn Ferry Tour
BMW Charity Pro-Am
T-20
67-71-65-68--271 (-14)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 191
KFT points ranking: 56
YTD earnings (KFT): $65,960
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $518,875
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
Did not playFedEx Cup points ranking: 160
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $261,124
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,906,933
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 81
YTD earnings (KFT): $206,369
Career earnings (KFT): $350,642

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