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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSMatt Kuchar earns spots in two 2024 signature events with 56th-place finish in FedEx Cup standings … Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley and Vince Whaley retain PGA Tour status for 2024 … Connor Howe advances to final stage of PGA Tour Q-school … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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KUCHAR EARNS SPOTS IN ELEVATED EVENTS FOR 2024

Matt Kuchar tied for 53rd at last weekend’s RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga., but he remained inside the top 60 (No. 56) in FedEx Cup points, ensuring he for two signature events in 2024, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational during the West Coast swing, as well as a full schedule of events.

Chesson Hadley also kept full status on the PGA Tour for 2024 by finishing No. 106 in FedEx Cup points after tying for 38th place at the RSM Classic. Vince Whaley made the biggest move of the weekend with his tie for 13th place, moving up to No. 149 in the FedEx Cup standings, giving him conditional status for 2024 despite playing only 14 events in 2023 due to injury. He can enhance his status in the final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying school (Dec. 14-17).

Stewart Cink tied for 44th last weekend in Sea Island and finished the year No. 154 in the FedEx Cup standings, but remains exempt through 2024 because he won the Safeway Open and the RBC Heritage in 2021. He also finished 40th in the Schwab Cup standings on PGA Tour champions, and will have opportunities to play on the senior circuit as well.

The season didn’t end so well for Paul Haley II and Richy Werenski, who both missed the cut at the RSM Classic and finished outside the top 150. Both can regain their status for 2024 via the final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying school and can play on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2024.

RSM Classic leaderboard  |  FedEx Cup fall standings

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CONNOR HOWE ADVANCES TO FINAL STAGE OF PGA TOUR QUALIFYING SCHOOL

Connor Howe advanced to the final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying school last week, tying for 12th place at the second-stage qualifier at The Landings in Savannah, Ga. Howe played consistently, posting rounds of 71-70-70-69 for an 8-under-par total of 280.

Howe played last summer on PGA Tour Canada, earning status after finishing 18th in the PGA Tour University ranking, and has kept full status on that tour by finishing 20th in the Fortinet Cup points standings.

Howe will be joined in the field at the final stage by 2023 graduate Ross Steelman, who finished fourth last spring in the PGA Tour University ranking and had Korn Ferry Tour status during the summer. Paul Haley II and Richy Werenski,

Performance benefits at the final stage include:

  • Top five finishers and ties at Final Stage will earn PGA TOUR cards.
  • Next 40 finishers and ties at Final Stage will earn exempt status through multiple reshuffles of the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season, with the first 25 finishers and ties being subject to the third reshuffle, and any remaining finishers within the category being subject to the second reshuffle.
  • The next 20 finishers and ties at Final Stage will earn exempt status for the Latin America Swing of the 2024 PGA TOUR Americas season, while also earning conditional Korn Ferry Tour membership.
  • All remaining finishers at Final Stage will have conditional Korn Ferry Tour membership and conditional PGA TOUR Americas membership for the 2024 season.

Read more about how the PGA Tour Qualifying school works

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KUCHAR STILL FINDS JOY LOOKING AHEAD TO 25TH SEASON ON THE PGA TOUR

He’s still here.

The goofy grin when acknowledging fans, the flat backswing, the long easy strides between shots and still, at the age of 45, the birdies when he gets on a roll.

Yeah … Matt Kuchar isn’t going anywhere if there’s golf to be played and fellow competitors to beat.

Kuchar, the former Georgia Tech All-American who burst on the scene with a U.S. Amateur title in 1997, then contended as an amateur in the Masters and U.S. Open the following year, has a way of resurfacing to remind everyone that he can still get the job done.

He shot 65-68 in the first two rounds of the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Club to get into the next-to-last group on Saturday, then weathered an early double-bogey at the par-3 third hole of the Seaside Course and finished with a 69 to drop into a tie for 30th at 10-under-par 202 entering the final round.

Still, Kuchar has logged seven consecutive rounds in the 60s and 11 of his last 12. The smile hardly ever leaves his face but the nine-time PGA Tour winner and the 2012 Players champion said taking joy in playing golf and the thrill of competing are two ageless qualities.

“I love doing it, absolutely,” Kuchar said after the second round. “Golf is one of those kinds of never-ending quests to keep getting better and I’m on that never-ending quest and really enjoying it.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour: PGA Tour Qualifying School (final stage) • December 14-17, 2023 • Dye’s Valley Golf Club/Sawgrass Country Club • Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. • Purse: TBD • FedEx Cup points: 500
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  season concluded
  • PGA Tour Champions:  season concluded
  • PGA Tour Canada: season concluded
  • Asian Tour/International Series: Taiwan Glass Taifong Open • November 30-December 3, 2023 • Taifong Golf Club • Indonesia • Purse: $400K
  • LIV Golf Series: season concluded
  • G Pro Tour: season concluded

#PROJACKETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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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