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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

March 27, 2018

THE FLATS – Matt Kuchar, a longtime success in match play, sailed through the round-robin portion of the Dell Technologies Match Play event last weekend … Troy Matteson came out of semi-retirement to have a solid weekend in the Dominican Republic … Vincent Whaley begins qualifying for MacKenzie Tour … this and more in this week’s Georgia Tech #ProJackets Report.

Kuchar has enjoyed a long career of success in match play events, beginning with his 1997 U.S. Amateur championship and eight appearances in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competition. It looked as if he was primed to challenge for the title last weekend at the Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, the second World Golf Championships event of the season in Austin, Texas.

The seven-time PGA Tour champion went 2-0-1 in the round-robin portion of the event, defeating Ross Fisher and Yuta Ikeda, and halving his match with Zach Johnson. His round 3 victory over Fisher was a runaway, a 6-and-4 triumph that included a hole-in-one (see video below). But the 2000 Tech graduate was eliminated in the first knockoff round (round of 16) by Kevin Kisner. Kisner got the upper hand on the first hole and led twice by two holes, but Kuchar stayed close and did not succumb until the 18th hole, when Kisner clinched a 1-up victory with a birdie.

In the third round of the 2018 World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar holes a 182-yard tee shot for ace on the par-3 7th hole.

Following a victory over Ross Fisher in his Round 3 match in the 2018 World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar talks about his ace on the 7th hole.

Kuchar, the only Yellow Jacket alumnus currently in the field for the Masters Tournament next week, continued his preparation this week in the Houston Open in Humble, Texas, where Chesson Hadley, Cameron Tringale (missed cut at the Corales event) and Werenski are also in the field.

Troy Matteson, semi-retired from competitive golf, earned a spot in last weekend’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, played in the Dominican Republic opposite the World Golf Championship event. He made the most of it, tying for 19th place and earning $39,000. The 2002 NCAA Champion opened with a 66 and was high on the leaderboard after a third-round 68 before finishing with a 72 Sunday. Richy Werenski also made the cut, tying for 45th place.

Web.com Tour: Anders Albertson (No. 50 in Web.com earnings) was the only Yellow Jacket to make the cut at last weekend’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open, posting a 4-under-par total of 280 to tie for 48th place. Seth Reeves (No. 54) and Nicholas Thompson (No. 109) both missed the cut. The trio plus Roberto Castro (No. 86) come to Savannah, Ga., this week for the Savannah Golf Championship.

Champions Tour: Larry Mize tied for 65th at last weekend’s Raspican Systems Classic in Biloxi, Miss., with a 10-over-par score of 226. The Champions Tour is off the next two weekend before coming to TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, where Mize and former Tech All-American Charlie Rymer will compete. MacKenzie Tour: Vincent Whaley, who graduated from Tech last spring, began qualifying for the PGA Tour’s Canadian circuit Tuesday in the tour’s Q-school event at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley course in Ponte Vedra, Fla. It is one of four 72-hole qualifying tournaments the tour conducts in the United States between now and the end of April. The tour schedule begins in late May.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: Houston Open • March 29-April 1, 2018 • Golf Club of Houston • Humble, Texas • Purse: $7,000,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Savannah Golf Championship • March 29-April 1, 2018 • Landings Club — Deer Creek Golf Club • Savannah, Ga. • Purse: $550,000
PGA Tour Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic • April 13-15, 2018 • TPC Sugarloaf • Duluth, Ga. • Purse: $1,800,000
Mackenzie Tour:qualifying tournaments in United States in March and April

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$212,810
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
T-48
69-69-71-71–280 (-4)
 Money rank
50
Earnings
$22,300
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$7,133,745 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
86
Earnings
$8,970
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$35,813,621
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
93
Earnings
$398,316
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 DAVID DUVAL
 Denver, Colo.
 Turned pro:
1993
 Career earnings: 
$19,196,243
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1989-93
 High School: Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal
 Status: no status
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
220
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$52,151
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
 High School: Fike
 Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$4,933,327
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
20
Earnings
$1,508,281
 SHUN YAT HAK
 Hong Kong, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
¥251,305
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2012-13
 High School: Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep
 Status: PGA Tour China
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
17 (2016)
Earnings
¥251,305
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$42,645,943
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
2-1-1 at Dell Match Play
n/a
 FedEx Cup Rank
81
Earnings
$658,063
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$10,111,266 (PGA+Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: no status
 Last Week
T-19
66-73-68-72–279 (-9)
 FedEx/Money Rank
195
Earnings
$39,000
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$12,520,439 (PGA + Champions)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
T-65
78-76-72–226 (+10)
 Schwab Cup Rank
69
Earnings
$25,038
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$112,197
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
missed cut
67-77–144 (+2)
 Money rank
54
Earnings
$21,211
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$3,066,693
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  FedEx Cup rank
44
Earnings
$902,331
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,536,202 (PGA + Web)
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
71-73–144 (+2)
 Money Rank
109
Earnings
$5,148
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,804,238
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
74-75–149 (+5)
 FedEx Cup Rank
168
Earnings
$113,099
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$1,027,610
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
T-45
71-68-74-71–284 (-4)
  FedEx Cup rank
164
Earnings
$130,523
 Vincent Whaley
 Fayetteville, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2017
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
 High School: McKinney Boyd
 Status: MacKenzie Tour qualifying
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a

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