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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATSDavid Duval remembers his dominant win at Kapalua in 1999 … Andy Ogletree calls his 2023 a “perfect year” … Chris Petefish, Ross Steelman guaranteed 12 starts on Korn Ferry Tour in 2024 … Stewart Cink remains eligible for PGA Tour starts … More details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

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DAVID DUVAL LOOKS BACK ON HIS DOMINANT 1999 WIN AT KAPALUA

Editor’s note: In 1999, the PGA TOUR moved its tournament designed for the previous year’s champions – the Mercedes Championships – from California’s La Costa Resort and Spa to the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii. David Duval won four 1998 tournaments, earning him the right to play in that inaugural Kapalua tournament. A current member of PGA TOUR Champions, Duval fondly remembers that week when he simply dominated the field.

At La Costa Resort and Spa in 1998, I was a stroke behind Phil Mickelson going into the final round of what was then called the Mercedes Championships (now The Sentry) – a 30-player field for winners from the previous season. I didn’t play well on the last day, shooting a 1-over 73 and dropping into a tie for sixth. I never had a chance for a do-over at La Costa as the TOUR moved the 1999 Mercedes Championships to The Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui.

I arrived in Hawaii having never played the course before. I had never even seen it, but everything about my first visit to Kapalua was memorable, from my week-long stay at The Ritz-Carlton Maui to the incredible Hawaii weather and how welcoming all the fans and volunteers were.

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OGLETREE DESCRIBES 2023 AS “PERFECT YEAR”

The only time Andy Ogletree struggled throughout his triumphant 2023 Asian Tour season, was when he had to pop open a celebratory champagne bottle at the end of the Hong Kong Open.

Probably, it was the excitement of achieving the number one objective Ogletree and his team had set at the start of the year. By making the cut at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the 25-year-old American secured the Order of Merit crown on The International Series with one event remaining, which earned him a card on the 2024 LIV Golf season, and soon after he wrapped up the Asian Tour merit list.

“Thankfully, I am a professional golfer and not a professional champagne opener. But I will get many opportunities on LIV Golf to pop champagne next year, and I will get better at it,” said Ogletree, who will play for Captain Phil Mickelson’s HyFlyers team.

And that’s the thing about him. There are no ifs and buts, maybes and hopefullys in Ogletree’s lexicon. There is just unwavering self-belief and oodles of conviction.

It showed every time he teed up on the Asian Tour this year. In 11 starts, he won twice (International Series Qatar and International Series England) and recorded five other top-10s. That led to him winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit by almost double the points (2,128.26) over the second-placed Miguel Tabuena from the Philippines (1,436.6), and The International Series Order of Merit by almost double the prize money ($US1,101,828.33) won by second-placed Spaniard David Puig (US$577,800).

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PETEFISH, STEELMAN GUARANTEED 12 KORN FERRY TOUR STARTS

Everyone who played Final Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry hoped to reach the top five and earn a TOUR card. But with 165 players in the field, another threshold was on the minds of many.

Following the top five finishers and ties, the next 40 finishers and ties earned exempt status through multiple reshuffles of the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season. The first 25 finishers and ties were guaranteed 12 starts and will be subject to the third reshuffle. Any remaining finishers – up to the top 40 and ties – earned eight guaranteed starts and will be subject to the second reshuffle.

Chris Petefish and Ross Steelman, both of whom played full-time on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2023, are both in the group that is guaranteed 12 starts in 2024.

Petefish stood one stroke out of the top five through 54 holes, but was unable to post a good enough round in Monday’s final round and tied for 14th place at 4-under-par 276, four strokes out of the top five. Steelman tied for 28th place at 2-under-par 278.

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CINK RETAINS PGA TOUR STATUS FOR 2024

The players who finished anywhere between 1-125 on the FedEx Cup Standings have secured their cards successfully. While golfers from 126th to 150th will have a conditional status on the tour, On the other hand, the players ranking from 151st to the end will lose their cards for the upcoming season. Many were caught in the tide.

Cink has won eight times on the PGA Tour. In 2023, the 2009 Open champion won none of the events and had only one top-10 finish. Moreover, he played 27 events out of which he missed cuts 14 times. The veteran also played on the PGA Tour Champions but has lost his PGA Tour card.

save him for the coming season, He will get the PGA Tour winner exemption for the 2024 season even though he stood 153rd on the FedExCup Fall standings.

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DUVAL SET TO JOIN AUDITION PROCESS FOR NBC GOLF ANALYST ROLE

The competition for one of the best jobs in golf television is about to begin.

NBC Sports plans to rotate multiple analysts over the coming months rather than hire a single one to replace the departed Paul Azinger, sources tell Front Office Sports.

Among those expected to get a shot are current PGA Tour player Kevin Kisner, NBC’s Brad Faxon and Justin Leonard, outspoken Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, and former world No. 1 David Duval.

Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy could also be a candidate for the vacant role, according to Sports Business Journal, but could end up calling only a handful of events.

The analyst who impresses golf viewers and executives the most would inherit the legendary Johnny Miller’s microphone in the 18th-hole broadcast tower alongside play-by-play announcer Dan Hicks.

“Think of this as a rolling audition by NBC,” said one source.

The talent bakeoff strategy makes sense. NBC doesn’t want to repeat the blunder it made by hiring Azinger to replace Miller, who retired in 2018 after 29 seasons in the broadcast booth.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour: The Sentry Tournament of Champions • January 4-7, 2024 • Plantation Course at Kapalua • Kapalua, Maui, Hawai’i. • Purse: TBD • FedEx Cup points: 700
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic • January 14-17, 2024 • Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club • Great Exuma, Bahamas • Purse: $1.85M
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalei • January 18-20, 2023 • Ritz-Carlton Golf Club • Orlando, Fla. • Purse: $2M
  • PGA Tour Americas: Bupa Championship • March 21-24, 2024 • PGA Riviera Maya • Tulum, Mexico • Purse: $225K • Fortinet Cup points: n/a
  • Asian Tour/International Series: Season concluded
  • LIV Golf Series: Mayakoba • February 2-4, 2024 • El Camaleon Golf Club • Mayakoba, Mexico • Purse: $20M

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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: 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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