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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSChesson Hadley earns another solid finish on the PGA Tour, gets the mic’d up treatment from NBC/Golf Channel … Andy Ogletree has found his groove on the Asian Tour, looks for more LIV opportunities … Matt Kuchar moves South to find high-level sports opportunities for his sons … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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HADLEY PACES JACKETS AT HONDA CLASSIC

Posting another solid finish in this spring’s schedule, Chesson Hadley tied for 29th last weekend in The Honda Classic, the first stop on the Florida swing on the PGA Tour. At the historically tough PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Hadley battled for four days and shot rounds of 69-66-69 before falling back with a closing 73, and finished at 3-under-par 277.

Hadley sits at No. 117 in the FedEx Cup standings, second highest among the Yellow Jackets on Tour behind Matt Kuchar (No. 59), The Tech All-American had two solid starts in the fall, a tie for 37th at the Shriner’s Hospital Open and a tie for 17th at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship before missing the cut in five consecutive starts. Since then, he has a tie for 23rd at the WM Phoenix Open and last weekend’s tie for 29th at the Honda, and has earned $346, 258 in official money.

Anders Albertson also made the cut last weekend, tying for 63rd at 282 (+2), while Kuchar, Paul Haley II and Richy Werenski missed the cut.

The Tour splits with two events this weekend, the elevated Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, in which Stewart Cink returns to action, and the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, P.R., which is the site of Hadley’s only Tour victory to date. He is not in the field at Puerto Rico, but Albertson, Haley and Werenski are.

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TRINGALE TIES FOR 20TH IN FIRST LIV GOLF START OF 2023

Cameron Tringale got his first full season of LIV Golf off to a solid start with a tie for 20th place at the LIV Golf Mayakoba event in Mexico. His HyFlyers team finished seventh among the 12 teams competing. Tringale picked up $184,000 in the start and is over $1.2 million in six LIV events.

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OGLETREE FINDS GROOVE IN ASIA

Andy Ogletree sees golf as a business, and within that business he takes the opportunities as they come.

Last summer, the 24-year-old former U.S. Amateur champion was invited to play in the first LIV Golf event in London. Although he had a nightmarish score of 24 over par for 54 holes—finishing last at 31 shots back of eventual winner Charl Schwartzel—he parlayed the LIV invitation into a successful year on the Asian Tour. That circuit was a beneficiary of a $300 million investment from LIV Golf, and after playing the inaugural LIV event, Ogletree was given status on the Asian Tour’s International Series. He’s won twice there in the past six months, in Egypt and Qatar, and leads its money list—and staying in that top spot would guarantee him LIV status next year.

Leading the International Series also prompted LIV officials to invite him to Mexico to be one of three reserve players (joining Turk Petit and Wade Ormsby) for the Saudi Arabia-funded league’s season opener in Mexico. Coincidentally, the Camaleon course is where Ogletree played his first event as a pro when the PGA Tour held the Mayakoba Classic there. Although Ogletree didn’t end up playing for LIV this week, the Georgia Tech alum is making the most of the trip to the Mayakoba resort area near Cancun.

“My girlfriend and I are here, and we’re pretty much vacationing and I’m practicing. We’re getting out of Atlanta weather,” Ogletree told Golf Digest at El Camaleon.

Ogletree will wait in the wings for another start on LIV if one of the 12 four-man teams has an injured player and needs to call him up. If he were to get into a LIV event, he would be banned from playing any PGA Tour event this year, including qualifiers and Q School, as he was in 2022 after he made only that one LIV start.

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“IT WAS A RISK I WAS WILLING TO TAKE” – OGLETREE

As LIV Golf began its second season on Friday, Andy Ogletree was practicing on the driving range while everyone else was on the El Camaleón course as part of the shotgun start.

Ogletree, 24, is here as one of three reserves that LIV Golf brought in just in case a player is injured or sick and cannot play.

The former U.S. Amateur champion who played with Tiger Woods during the first two rounds of the 2020 Masters became a punching bag last year when he was invited to play in the first LIV Golf event in London and shot 24 over par through three rounds to finish last, 31 strokes behind winner Charl Schwartzel.

Although he was paid last place money of $120,000, Ogletree was never invited back to another LIV event and was suspended for the rest of the year by the PGA for having played in that tournament. (He was not granted a conflicting event or media release, although he was not eligible for that week’s Korn Ferry Tour event.)

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WHERE MATT KUCHAR MOVED FAMILY IN SEARCH OF “HIGHER LEVEL SPORTS” FOR SONS

Add Matt Kuchar’s name to the growing list of PGA Tour pros migrating to the Palm Beach area.

But not for the reason you might think.

Sure, Kuchar is taking advantage of our world-class venues, especially at the Bear’s Club where he and his family settled in October. But at 44, and more than two decades on the tour, Kuchar’s motivation was not about furthering his career but the careers of his teenage sons.

“We were looking for higher-level sports,” Kuchar said.

Matt and his wife, Sybi, have two sons, 15-year-old Cameron and 13-year-old Carson. Both are thriving in their sports, but they have taken different paths.

Cameron has followed Dad. Carson wants to be like Mom.

And dad and mom want the best for their boys so they packed up after 12 years on St. Simons Island, Ga. — where Sybi was raised — and headed south.

“We were looking for higher-level sports,” Matt said. “We got great tennis down here and great golf down here.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Arnold Palmer Invitational • March 2-5, 2023 • Bay Hill Club and Lodge • Orlando, Fla. • Purse: $20M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • PGA Tour:  Puerto Rico Open • March 2-5, 2023 • Grand Reserve Golf Club • Rio Grande, Puerto Rico • Purse: $3.8M • FedEx Cup points: 300
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Club Car Championship • March 23-26, 2023 • The Landings Golf & Athletic Club • Savannah, Ga. • Purse: $1M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Cologuard Classic • March 3-5, 2023 • Omni Tucson National • Tucson, Ariz. • Purse: $2.2M
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Qualifying Tournament USA East 2 • February 28-March 3, 2023 • Mission Inn – El Campeon Course • Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
  • Asian Tour: New Zealand Open • March 2-5, 2023 • Remarkables Course and Coronet Course • New Zealand • Purse: $1.65M
  • LIV Golf Series: Tucson • March 17-19, 2023 • The Gallery Golf Club • Tucson, Ariz. • Purse: TBA
  • G Pro Tour:  Augusta Open • March 22-24, 2023 • Bartram Trail • Evans, Ga. • Purse: $66,525

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PLAYERPLAYERLAST WEEKDATA
ANDERS ALBERTSON
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro: 2015
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Rocket Mortgage Classic
missed cut
73-70--143 (+1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 231
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
PGA Tour
Rocket Mortgage Classic
missed cut
74-73--147 (+5)
Schwab Cup points ranking: 24
YTD Earnings (Champions): $144,315
Career earnings (Champions): $787,185
FedEx Cup points ranking: 170
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
Did not playSchwab 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
PGA Tour
Rocket Mortgage Classic
missed cut
71-70--141 (-1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 133
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
Memorial Health Championship
missed cut
71-66--137 (-5)
FedEx Cup points: 223
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 205
YTD earnings (KFT): $9,160
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,090,275
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Korn Ferry Tour
Memorial Health Championship
missed cut
68-70--138 (-4)
KFT points ranking: 154
YTD earnings (KFT): $27,131
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
Rocket Mortgage Classic
T-25
70-68-71-69--278 (-10)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 140
YTD earnings: $550,656
Career earnings (PGAT): $59,309,347
CHRISTO LAMPRECHT
Hometown: George, South Africa
Turned pro: 2024
Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-24
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Memorial Health Championship
missed cut
68-72--140 (-2)
KFT points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): n/a
ANDY MAO
Hometown: Johns Creek, Ga.
Turned pro: 2024
Years at Georgia Tech: 2020-24
Status: developmental tours
GPro Tour
Mimosa Open
missed cut
69-66--135 (-5)
GPro points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
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
Did not playLIV 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
Did not playKFT 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
Memorial Health Championship
missed cut
68-68--136 (-8)
KFT points ranking: 32
YTD earnings (KFT): $154,619
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $780,736
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
Korn Ferry Tour
Memorial Health Championship
missed cut
70-68--138 (-4)
KFT Points ranking: 97
YTD earnings: $52,500
Career earnings (KFT): $618,210
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: $4,490
ROSS STEELMAN
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2021-23
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Korn Ferry Tour
Memorial Health Championship
T-56
66-67-71-69--273 (-11)
KFT points ranking: 38
YTD earnings (KFT): $119,511
Career earnings (KFT): $143,362
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
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): $1,880,925
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
Memorial Health Championship
T-16
65-68-69-64--266 (-18)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 192
KFT points ranking: 52
YTD earnings (KFT): $65,960
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $545,735
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
PGA Tour
Rocket Mortgage Classic
T-57
70-68-71-73--282 (-6)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 162
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $282,284
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,928,093
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 81
YTD earnings (KFT): $206,369
Career earnings (KFT): $350,642

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