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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSMatt Kuchar comes within a shot of possible victory … Anders Albertson makes significant leap on Korn Ferry Tour … Final word on Stewart Cink’s hole-in-one at the Masters … Cink weighs in on Woods’ calling him “Kitchen,” what changes he has made to give him more distance … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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KUCHAR COMES WITHIN A STROKE OF POSSIBLE VICTORY

Continuing his recent resurgence on the PGA Tour, Matt Kuchar stayed near the lead throughout the weekend and came up one stroke shy of a playoff to determine the champion at last weekend’s RBC Heritage. Bidding to win the event for the second time and first since 2014, Kuchar shot rounds of 68-69-67-68 for a 12-under-par total of 272, one stroke shy of joining a playoff between Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay. He owns the longest active streak of rounds in the 60s at the RBC Heritage with 16.

It was Kuchar’s third top-10 finish this year, and his second in a row after his tie for second at the Valero Texas Open two weeks ago (he did not play the Masters). Kuchar has jumped from No. 116 to No. 36 in the FedEx Cup standings after tying for 16th at the Valspar Championship, and his last two top-3 finishes.

In 501 PGA Tour starts, Kuchar has finished in the top 10 111 times, has won nine times, finished second 14 times and third 14 times.

Meanwhile, Cameron Tringale continued to play very good golf with a tie for 12th place at 9-under-par 275, and remains the highest-ranked Yellow Jacket on the FedEx Cup points list at No. 28. His rounds in the 60s were his first at Harbour Town in four appearances in the event. Defending champion Stewart Cink opened with an excellent 67 and made the cut, but faded Sunday with a 74 and finished 68th at 287 (+3). Chesson Hadley and Richy Werenski missed the cut.

The Tour moves this week to the New Orleans area for its two-man team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Tringale is in the field, paired with Wyndham Clark, while Hadley is paired with former Clemson golfer Jonathan Byrd, Werenski with Peter Uihlein, Vincent Whaley with Lee Hodges and Seth Reeves with Jared Wolff, .

PGA Tour Leaderboard

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FINAL WORD ON CINK’S HOLE-IN-ONE AT THE MASTERS

From GolfChannel.com: Though Cink missed the cut shortly after his heroics, he didn’t leave Augusta empty-handed. In Round 2, Cink stepped onto the par-3 16th’s tee box, took out his 8-iron and then holed the 24th ace on No. 16 in Masters history.

“This golf course and the tournament, it’s just a wonderful environment anyway,” he said. “So to have something like that happen was really something I’ll always remember for sure.”

But there’s another component to the moment that made it even more memorable. It made for the perfect gift as Cink had his son, Reagan, whose 25th birthday was Friday, on the bag.

“That’s the extent of my birthday present. I gave him the ball,” Stewart Cink said. “That should be enough, right?”

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CINK DISPELS NICKNAME RUMOR

After Tiger Woods’ final round at the Masters, he revealed an amusing nickname for Stewart Cink when referring to Cink’s ace Friday at Augusta National.

“(2019) was the last time for me that I experienced having the patrons (at the Masters) like this, and it’s exciting,” Woods said. “It’s inspiring. It’s fun to hear the roars, to hear the hole-in-ones. I think Kitchen made one the other day. To hear that roar down there at the bottom on [hole] 16, just to hear that excitement of what this tournament brings out.”

But it turns out that Woods was not the one who came up with “Kitchen” for Cink, even though the 15-time major champion may think he did.

“Well, it’s been something that people called me ever since I was little. Ever since I can remember,” Cink said Tuesday at Harbour Town, where he’s set to make his RBC Heritage title defense.

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ALBERTSON MAKING A MOVE UP KORN FERRY POINT LIST

Anders Albertson put together an excellent weekend at the Veritex Bank Championship, closing with a 9-under-par 62 that included a string of five straight birdies from holes 13-17. The closing stretch allowed him to post a 17-under-par total of 267, a tie for 12th place, and a jump from 56th to 41st in Korn Ferry Tour points. It was his second-best finish of the year behind a tie for fourth at the Lake Charles Championship.

Watch videos of two of Albertson’s five straight birdies below.

Paul Haley II missed the cut and fell to 18th in the points standings, but still among the top 25 needed to secure a PGA Tour card at the end of the regular season.

The tour takes this week off and resumes April 28 with the Huntsville Open in Alabama.

Korn Ferry Tour leaderboard

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CINK’S GEAR CHANGES THAT HELPED HIM HIT IT FARTHER

Stewart Cink, the 48-year-old who this week is defending his title at the RBC Heritage, is ranked 50th in driving distance this season, averaging 304.1 yards per tee shot. That’s a significant increase from just two years ago, when he ranked 113th and averaged 295.7 yards off the tee.

So how did Cink increase his driving distance even as he nears PGA TOUR Champions eligibility?

“I set out to achieve (increased distance) two years ago,” Cink told GolfWRX this week. “That’s something we’ve been focusing on, gaining a little distance. I felt like I was leaving something in the tank. I just wasn’t properly using everything I had at my disposal. Me and my coaches went out and tried to solve that, and two years later, (it worked).”

According to Cink, his secret to the distance increase was two-fold. First, he improved his technique as it relates to distance. Then, he optimized his equipment to better suit his improved mechanics.

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DUVAL AMONG 5 WITH SUB-60 ROUNDS AT TPC SUGARLOAF THIS WEEKEND

Five PGA Tour Champions greats who have touched professional golf’s most rarefied air — a round below 60 — will tee off when the Mitsubishi Electric Classic returns to TPC Sugarloaf May 2-8.

Jim Furyk, Paul Goydos, Stuart Appleby, Kevin Sutherland and the previously announced David Duval boast 13 PGA Tour Champions victories and 42 PGA Tour wins between them.

Duval, who became only the third golfer in PGA Tour history to score a 59 during the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, capping off his historic day with an eagle on the 18th hole. In the process, he also became the first golfer ever to score a 59 during a tournament’s final round. The former world No. 1 made his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic at Hualalai in January, extending an impressive career that includes capturing the 2001 Open Championship and 1999 Players Championship.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Zurich Classic of New Orleans • April 21-24, 2022 • TPC Louisiana • Avondale, La. • Purse: $8,300,000 • FedEx Cup points: 400
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Huntsville Championship • April 28-May 1, 2022 • The Ledges • Huntsville, Ala. • Purse: $750,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Clubcorp Classic • April 22-24, 2022 • Los Colinas Country Club • Irving, Texas • Purse: $2,000,000
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Q-School USA West 3 • April 19-22, 2022 • The Home Course • Dupont, Wash. • Purse: tba
  • All Pro Tour:  Birdie’s by the Bayou • April 20-23, 2022 • Brownwood Country Club • Brownwood, Texas • Purse: $130,000
  • G Pro Tour:  Huntsville Open • April 20-22, 2022 • Huntsville Country Club • Huntsville, Ala.
  • SwingThought Tour:  ST4 Three Ridges Golf Club • May 11-13, 2022 • Three Ridges Golf Club • Knoxville, Tenn.

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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: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $512,187
Career earnings (KFT): $915,431
STEWART CINK
Hometown: Florence, Ala.
Residence: Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro: 1995
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
Status: PGA Tour/PGA Tour Champions
PGA Tour
Valspar Championship
T-33
69-67-76-70--282 (-2)
Schwab Cup points ranking: 17
YTD Earnings (Champions): $152,086
Career earnings (Champions): $620,725
FedEx Cup points ranking: 155
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: 18
YTD Earnings (GPro): $1,232
Career earnings (GPro): $56,010
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
Hoag Classic
T-62
74-71-71--216 (+3)
Schwab Cup Points ranking: 79
YTD earnings (Champions): $18,276
Career earnings (Champions): $311,556
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
PGA Tour Americas
Bupa Championship
missed cut
77-75--152 (+8)
Fortinet 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
PGA Tour
Valspar Championship
missed cut
71-75--146 (+2)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 114
YTD earnings: $191,297
Career earnings: $11,915,296
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
Did not playFedEx Cup points: 202
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 119
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,078,795
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Did not playKFT points ranking: 146
YTD earnings (KFT): $4,050
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
Valspar Championship
T-49
75-67-70-72--284 (even
FedEx Cup points ranking: 175
YTD earnings: $70,125
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,828,816
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (Champions): $5,154,323
Career earnings (PGAT): $7,947,092
NOAH NORTON
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2021
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Status: Developmental tours
Did not playPoints ranking (GPro): n/a
YTD earnings (GPro): n/a
ANDY OGLETREE
Hometown: Little Rock, Miss.
Residence: Roswell, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: Asian Tour
Did not playLIV standings: 46
YTD earnings (LIV): $476,625
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
YTD earnings (LIV): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $1,038,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT Points ranking: 123
YTD earnings (KFT): $5,850
Career earnings (KFT): $328,065
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
Did not playKFT points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $13,250
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $639,368
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
Bupa Championship
missed cut
72-78--150 (+6)
Fortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
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: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): $553,500
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: 6
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: 18
YTD earnings: $85,619
Career earnings (KFT): $109,740
TYLER STRAFACI
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Residence: Davie, Fla.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: none
PGA Tour Americas
Bupa Championship
T-47
79-70-76-72--297 (+9)
Fortinet Cup points: T-47
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
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: 40
YTD Earnings (LIV): $747,000
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,018,898
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
PGA Tour
Valspar Championship
missed cut
73-74--147 (+3)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 162
KFT points ranking: 21
YTD earnings (KFT): $56,680
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $508,233
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,756,075
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Valspar Championship
T-54
70-72-71-72--285 (+1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 139
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $102,780
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,748,589
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 119
YTD earnings (KFT): $20,415
Career earnings (KFT): $263,392

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