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THE FLATSVincent Whaley continued his comeback from a wrist injury with a top-10 on the Korn Ferry Tour … Paul Haley II qualifies for the U.S. Open … Stewart Cink turned 50 over the weekend and is in the field for the U.S. Senior Open … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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WHALEY CONTINUES COMEBACK WITH TOP-10 ON KORN FERRY TOUR

Vincent Whaley returned to action on the PGA Tour two weeks ago after six months on the sideline with a wrist injury, and made the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his hometown of McKinney, Texas. Not in the field for last weekend’s PGA Championship, Whaley tee it up in a Korn Ferry Tour event and took home a top-10 finish.

The 2016 Tech graduate shot 67-67 on the weekend and posted a 12-under-par score of 276 to tie for ninth place at the AdventHealth Championship in Kansas City.

Chris Petefish tied for 22nd last weekend at the AdventHealth event (278, -10) and sits No. 72 in the Korn Ferry Tour points list. Luke Schniederjans, a Monday qualifier, missed the cut.

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HALEY QUALIFIES FOR THE U.S. OPEN

Playing his second full season as a member of the PGA Tour, Paul Haley II has competed in 19 events, won more than $340,000 and has a pair of top-25 finishes while sitting 158th in FedEx Cup points.

Monday, he gained a spot in the 123rd U.S. Open by grabbing one of the eight spots available in the Dallas, Texas, final qualifying event. In the 36-hole qualifier played at Bent Tree Country Club and Northwood Club, Haley shot 9-under-par 132, including a competitive course-record 63 in the first 18 holes at Northwood, to tie for fourth place with Sergio Garcia and Roger Sloan.

The two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour and the 2011 ACC Champion will compete in the U.S. Open, which takes place June 15-18 at the Los Angeles Country Club, for the first time. He’ll join Matt Kuchar, who will make his 20th U.S. Open start after being listed among the top 60 in the May 22 Official World Golf Ranking.

Meanwhile, Haley returns to action on the PGA Tour this weekend in the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Dallas, Texas leaderboard

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CINK TO TEE IT UP AT U.S. SENIOR OPEN

The Sweet Spot doesn’t remember anticipating a 50th birthday quite as eagerly as some golfers on the PGA Tour, which is why we were surprised to see Stewart Cink coy about the milestone. The 2009 British Open champion turned the big 5-0 on Sunday and will tee it up at SentryWorld (Stevens Point, Wis.) in late June.

Cink has remained ultra-competitive deep into his 40s. He won the 2020 Safeway Open and 2021 RBC Heritage on the PGA Tour at the age of 47 and last year recorded two top-10 finishes and a T-23 showing at the PGA Championship and qualified for the Fed-Ex Cup playoffs.

“I’m borderline in denial that my 50th birthday is near,” Cink said in a story about the 2023 PGA Tour Champions rookie class posted in January. “Of course, I’ve had a lot of friends and other competitors come up and tell me how much I’m going to enjoy it out there, which I know I will. … (But) every time the PGA Tour announces a (designated) event, it really entices me to try and stay in shape and keep my mind and heart in the right place because those are amazing opportunities to be able to play for that kind of prize money.”

Cink is one of 12 winners of PGA Tour events turning 50 this year, but the eight-time champion is one of only four with multiple victories becoming eligible for the senior circuit. Boo Weekley (three), Jason Bohn and Daniel Chopra (two each) are the others, but only Cink and Bohn will have observed their 50th birthday before the AmFam Championship and the U.S. Senior Open.

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DUVAL SAYS ZURICH APPEARANCE TAUGHT HIM HE DOESN’T BELONG ANY LONGER

As Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas were wrapping up their final round at the PGA Championship, ESPN’s on-course reporter, John Maginnes, posed a question to David Duval.

Maginnes, a former Tour player, asked Duval, who has been sitting in the booth this week with host Scott Van Pelt, if he was learning anything from watching the players compete at Oak Hill.

Duval, 51, plays the PGA Tour Champions and last month competed alongside John Daly in the PGA Tour’s team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

“You know what gave me a better perspective, was playing at the Zurich with JD … a few weeks back,” Duval responded to Maginnes.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Charles Schwab Challenge • May 25-28, 2023 • Colonial Country Club • Fort Worth, Texas • Purse: $8.7M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Visit Knoxville Open • May 25-28, 2023 • Holston Hills Country Club • Knoxville, Tenn. • Purse: $1M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship • May 25-28, 2023 • Fields Ranch East • Frisco, Texas • Purse: $3.5M
  • PGA Tour Canada:  Qualifying Tournament USA Canada • June 6-9, 2023 • Crown Isle Resort & Golf Club • Courtenay, British Columbia
  • Asian Tour:  Kolon Korea Open • May 22-25, 2023 • Woo Jeong Hills Country Club • Korea • Purse: $n/a
  • LIV Golf Series: Washington, D.C. • May 26-28, 2023 • Trump National Golf Club • Washington, D.C. • Purse: $25M
  • G Pro Tour:  Empact Championship • May 25-27, 2023 • Albemarle Plantation • Hertford, N.C. • Purse: $109,225

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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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