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THE FLATSCameron Tringale and Andy Ogletree are fan favorites in China … Richy Werenski, Vince Whaley and Paul Haley II all make the cut in Puerto Rico … Seth Reeves has his best Korn Ferry Tour finish in more than a year … more details below in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.


HONG KONG FEELING LIKE HOME FOR TRINGALE, OGLETREE

LIV Golf will be teeing off in China for the first time ever this week, but a handful of players on the Saudi-funded upstart tour will need no introduction.

Among them are Cameron Tringale, who has already reached fan-favorite status over in southeast Asia ahead of this week’s LIV Golf Hong Kong at Hong Kong Golf Club. Tringale has played in Malaysia numerous times, and the California native hasn’t been shy on the road.

“It’s very flattering, for one,” Tringale said on Thursday (local time) of the support he has received in the area. “I’m perplexed as to why there’s such popularity here. I’ve always enjoyed my trips here. I find the culture and the people just very friendly, so I try and reflect that when I’m here and say hello.

Andy Ogletree made a name for himself on the Asian Tour, picking up three titles during the International Series. He won at Egypt in 2022 and prevailed at Qatar and England in 2023, using his success on the tour as a jumping-off point to reach LIV.

“I’m super thankful for the Asian Tour and all that they provided for me, giving me somewhere to play, giving me somewhere to show the world what I can do,” Ogletree said. “To be on LIV Golf now is super rewarding, and I’m so thankful for the guys hitting next to me to push me every day to keep getting better and better.”


DUVAL FEELS LIKE HE’S A TWO-TIME MAJOR CHAMPION

Considering his affection for The PLAYERS, it’s perhaps no surprise which side of the ‘fifth major’ debate David Duval comes down on.

“Oh, it’s a major,” he insists. “There’s not a question in my mind about that. I mean, it is played on arguably the best tournament course in the world, it has the best field, the best depth, the biggest variance of conditions – to win that championship is a huge accomplishment.

“We all know it’s a major. Certainly, in my mind, I’m a two-time major champion, it’s as simple as that.”

The triumph landed Duval the single biggest payday of his career – a cheque for $900,000. He can’t help but laugh when it’s pointed out to him that this year’s champion will take home $4.5 million.

“I mean, we always played for a lot of money but, nowadays, the guys are playing for staggering amounts,” he says. “There’s obviously a lot of debate about where prize money is at and where it should be. That’s not really for me to say. But you know, when I won the money list in 1998, I earned just under $2.6 million. That’s less than you get for winning some tournaments now.


OGLETREE BELIEVES HE AND HY-FLYERS ON THE VERGE OF GREAT THINGS

There are not many times in a professional golfer’s career when failing to win means popping open the champagne, but Andy Ogletree’s performance at the Hong Kong Open was one of those rare occasions.

The 25-year-old did not even finish in the top 10 when he broke open a bottle of bubbly last November, but coming 12th sealed last year’s International Series order of merit title, paving the way for him to join Phil Mickleson’s HyFlyers GC team.

Ogletree is back at Hong Kong Golf Club this week, as the team competition makes its debut in the city and said the Fanling course was “a special place” for him.

“Yeah, I’ve never been more excited to finish 12th in a golf tournament in my entire life,” he said. “This is the place that officially got me on to LIV Golf for this season, I’m happy to be back, and looking forward to the week for sure.”

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COMPETITION ROUNDUP FROM LAST WEEKEND

PGA Tour

All three Yellow Jackets to tee it up in Puerto Rico last week made the cut and played on the weekend. Vince Whaley and Richy Werenski each tied for 18th place at 13-under-par 275, with Whaley moving up to No. 134 on the FedEx Cup points standings.

Werenski, who has conditional status on the PGA Tour made his 2024 debut after competing in three Korn Ferry Tour events. Paul Haley II also made his 2024 debut after playing two Korn Ferry Tour events and tied for 58th.

Matt Kuchar and Chesson Hadley represent Georgia Tech in The Players Championship this weekend in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

PGA Tour leaderboard

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Korn Ferry Tour

Seth Reeves and Connor Howe both made the cut at last weekend’s Astara Chile Classic in Santiago, Reeves tying for 39th place and How tying for 66th. Reeves posted his best finish since a tie for 31st in February of 2023 with a 9-under-par score of 279 that included a closing 65. Howe has made the cut in successive weeks.

Ross Steelman, who took last weekend off and sits No. 14 in the Korn Ferry Tour points standings, and Chris Petefish did not advance to the weekend.

The tour takes this week off before resuming in Savannah, Ga., Apr. 4-7.

Korn Ferry Tour leaderboard

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PGA Tour Champions

An uncharacteristic sloppy finish at the Cologuard Classic by the usually steady Stewart Cink awoke a host of contenders behind him on Sunday, reigniting a frenzied race for the famed Conquistador helmet that has been awarded to the winner in Tucson since 1968.

With a door newly opened after Cink made a staggering triple-bogey 7 at the par-4 13th – where Cink deposited a wedge approach from the fairway into the desert – Joe Durant was the man to step through, shooting 4-under 67 to finish at 13-under 200, collecting his first PGA TOUR Champions title since 2021.

Cink, at 50, a relative newcomer to the PGA TOUR Champions, recently became a grandparent for the first time, but he will have to wait a bit longer to be a first-time winner among the 50-and-over set. His undoing began on the 13th; he hit his tee shot in the fairway but missed the green to the right with a wedge on his approach. Making triple, a tailspin to the finish started there. Even with a closing birdie, Cink played his final nine holes in 4-over 39 en route to a final-round 73.

PGA Tour Champions leaderboard

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LIV Golf Series

Andy Ogletree tied for 29th place at 5-under-par 205, while Cameron Tringale tied for 34th place at 4-under-par 206 in last weekend’s event in Hong Kong. Their Hy-Flyers team finished 12th among the 13 teams with a collective 16-under-par score.

The Hy-Flyers are tied for 12th place in the season standings in the LIV Golf Series, while Tringale is 40th and Ogletree is tied for 46th individually.

LIV leaderboard


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour: The Players Championship • March 14-17, 2024 • TPC Sawgrass • Ponte Vedra, Fla. • Purse: $25M • FedEx Cup points: 700
  • Korn Ferry Tour:  Club Car Championship • April 4-7, 2024 • The Landings Golf and Athletic Club • Savannah, Ga. • Purse: $1M • KFT points: 500
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Hoag Classic • March 22-24, 2023 • Newport Beach Country Club • Newport Beach, Calif. • 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: International Series Macau • March 14-17, 2024 • Macau Golf and Country Club • Macau, China • Purse: $2M
  • LIV Golf Series: Miami • April 5-7, 2024 • Trump National Doral Golf Course • Doral, Fla. • Purse: $20M
  • GPro Tour: Heritage Open • March 27-29, 2024 • Heritage Oaks Golf Club • Brunswick, Ga. • Purse: $68,125

 

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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: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $512,187
Career earnings (KFT): $915,431
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
Valspar Championship
T-33
69-67-76-70--282 (-2)
Schwab Cup points ranking: 17
YTD Earnings (Champions): $152,086
Career earnings (Champions): $620,725
FedEx Cup points ranking: 155
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $67,645
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $43,526,864
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: 18
YTD Earnings (GPro): $1,232
Career earnings (GPro): $56,010
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
Hoag Classic
T-62
74-71-71--216 (+3)
Schwab Cup Points ranking: 79
YTD earnings (Champions): $18,276
Career earnings (Champions): $311,556
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
PGA Tour Americas
Bupa Championship
missed cut
77-75--152 (+8)
Fortinet 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
Valspar Championship
missed cut
71-75--146 (+2)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 114
YTD earnings: $191,297
Career earnings: $11,915,296
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
Did not playFedEx Cup points: 202
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $9,160
KFT points ranking: 119
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (PGAT): $837,353
Career earnings (KFT): $1,078,795
CONNOR HOWE
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2023
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-23
Status: PGA Tour Canada
Did not playKFT points ranking: 146
YTD earnings (KFT): $4,050
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
Valspar Championship
T-49
75-67-70-72--284 (even
FedEx Cup points ranking: 175
YTD earnings: $70,125
Career earnings (PGAT): $58,828,816
LARRY MIZE
Residence: Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro: 1980
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
Status: PGA Tour Champions
Did not playSchwab Cup points ranking: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (Champions): $5,154,323
Career earnings (PGAT): $7,947,092
NOAH NORTON
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2021
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Status: Developmental tours
Did not playPoints ranking (GPro): n/a
YTD earnings (GPro): n/a
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: 46
YTD earnings (LIV): $476,625
Order of Merit (Asian Tour): 52
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): $20,300
YTD earnings (LIV): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $1,038,250
CHRIS PETEFISH
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Turned pro: 2018
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
Status: Korn Ferry Tour
Did not playKFT Points ranking: 123
YTD earnings (KFT): $5,850
Career earnings (KFT): $328,065
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
Did not playKFT points ranking: 112
YTD earnings: $13,250
Career earnings (PGAT): $649,622
Career earnings (KFT): $639,368
LUKE SCHNIEDERJANS
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: MacKenzie Tour/Forme Tour
PGA Tour Americas
Bupa Championship
missed cut
72-78--150 (+6)
Fortinet Cup points: n/a
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
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: n/a
YTD earnings: n/a
Career earnings (KFT): $553,500
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: 6
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: 18
YTD earnings: $85,619
Career earnings (KFT): $109,740
TYLER STRAFACI
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Residence: Davie, Fla.
Turned pro: 2020
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-20
Status: none
PGA Tour Americas
Bupa Championship
T-47
79-70-76-72--297 (+9)
Fortinet Cup points: T-47
YTD earnings (Canada): n/a
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
Did not playLIV standings: 40
YTD Earnings (LIV): $747,000
YTD earnings (Asian Tour): n/a
Career earnings (LIV): $7,018,898
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
PGA Tour
Valspar Championship
missed cut
73-74--147 (+3)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 162
KFT points ranking: 21
YTD earnings (KFT): $56,680
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $57,000
Career earnings (KFT): $508,233
Career earnings (PGAT): $6,756,075
VINCENT WHALEY
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Residence: Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro: 2017
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
Status: PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Valspar Championship
T-54
70-72-71-72--285 (+1)
FedEx Cup points ranking: 139
YTD earnings (PGA Tour): $102,780
Career earnings (PGA Tour): $2,748,589
Korn Ferry Tour points ranking: 119
YTD earnings (KFT): $20,415
Career earnings (KFT): $263,392

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