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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATS – Fall race for 2024 PGA Tour status begins this weekend for six Yellow Jackets … Chris Petefish looking for strong finish in Korn Ferry Tour finals … J.T. Griffin rallies in last two PGA Tour Canada events to retain status for 2024 … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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SIX JACKETS TEEING IT UP AT FORTINET CHAMPIONSHIP

Six Yellow Jackets, some of whom are battling to retain their PGA Tour cards for the 2024 season, return to action this weekend as the PGA Tour begins its seven-event fall sprint with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, Calif.

Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar and Richy Werenski are in the field as tournament winners the past two seasons, but Kuchar, at No. 66 in FedEx Cup points, is the only one of the three whose 2024 status is secure heading into the fall schedule.

The top 125 in points after the season-ending RSM Classic in November retain their cards for 2024. Cink, the winner of the Fortinet Championship in 2021, sits No. 167 in the FedEx Cup points standings, while Werenski is No. 145. Chesson Hadley holds the No. 121 position, while Paul Haley II is No. 134, and Vincent Whaley is No. 222.

Cink also sits in No. 40 in the Schwab Cup standings on the PGA Tour Champions.

Complete FedEx Cup points standings

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JACKETS RESUME KORN FERRY TOUR FINALS

Chris Petefish resumes his bid for PGA Tour status this weekend when the Korn Ferry Tour Finals resumes with the Simmons Bank Open in College Grove, Tenn. Petefish is No. 53 in the Korn Ferry Tour points list, and would continue to play through the Korn Ferry Tour Championship if he maintains his position.

With three events remaining, Petefish can improve his position with high finishes and potentially finish among the top 30 in points at the end, which would earn him a 2024 PGA Tour card. At his current position, he would be exempt into the final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying school, where the top five finishers earn 2024 cards.

Ross Steelman, a rookie on the tour following his No. 2 finish in the PGA Tour University standings at the end of the college season, ranks No. 162 and is an alternate for the Simmons Bank Open. His PGA Tour University finish affords him exemption into the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, and unlimited sponsor exemptions into PGA Tour events this fall and next year.

After this week, the field will number the top 120 for the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Championship (Sept. 21-24), and the top 75 will compete in the season ending Korn Ferry Tour Championship (Oct. 5-8).

Full Korn Ferry Tour points list

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FOUR YELLOW JACKETS CONCLUDE PGA TOUR CANADA SEASON

Four Yellow Jackets concluded their PGA Tour Canada seasons last weekend at the Fortinet Cup Championship in Calgary, Alberta. The top 60 players in the Fortinet Cup points standings qualify for the season-ending event.

J.T. Griffin put together two strong performance in the last two events, including a tie for 19th last weekend to finish at No. 52 in the points standings. Connor Howe tied for 29th to finish at No. 20 in the standings, while Luke Schniederjans tied for 52nd place to finish at No. 23 in points. Tyler Strafaci withdrew after three rounds, and finished No. 60 in points.

All four players retained their status on the tour for 2024.

Howe is exempt through the first stage of Q-School by virtue of his No. 18 finish in the PGA Tour University standings at the close of his senior season at Georgia Tech.

PGA Tour Canada leaderboard

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CINK’S CALF MUSCLES IMPRESS SOCIAL MEDIA

The 2023 Ryder Cup is still more than a couple weeks away, but if the scoring was based on calf muscles, the U.S. would already hold an edge. And a HUGE one at that.

Zach Johnson’s squad gathered in Rome over the weekend for a scouting report of Marco Simone, but it was one particular photo from the team bonding mission that turned heads. And had everyone looking at Stewart Cink’s legs.

That’s because the 6-foot-4 American vice captain looked like an absolute unit wearing team shorts. Let’s just say it doesn’t appear that the 50-year-old has skipped leg day since winning the 2009 Open Championship. Have a look for yourself. (Cink is on the left side of the photo, but you’ll have no problem finding the guy who looks like he’s standing on two oil barrels.)

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour: Fortinet Championship • September 14-17, 2023 • Silverado Resort (North Course) • Napa, Calif. • Purse: $8.4M • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Simmons Bank Open • September 14-17, 2023 • The Grove • College Grove, Tenn. • Purse: $1.5M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Ascension Charity Classic • September 8-10, 2023 • Norwood Hills Country Club • St. Louis, Mo. • Purse: $2M
  • PGA Tour Canada: season concluded
  • Asian Tour: International Series Singapore • October 5-8, 2023 • Tanah Merah Country Club • Singapore • Purse: $2M
  • LIV Golf Series: Chicago • September 22-24, 2023 • Rich Harvest Farms • Sugar Grove, Ill. • Purse: $25M
  • G Pro Tour: Rock Hill Championship • September 12-14, 2023 • Rock Hill Country Club • Rock Hill, S.C. • Purse: $109,525

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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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