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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report

THE FLATS – J.T. Griffin and Vincent Whaley both finished in the top 10 at last weekend’s Web.com Tour event … Matt Kuchar was the only Yellow Jacket to make the cut at the Genesis Open … more in the Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report.

A week after moving to the top of the FedEx Cup points list, Matt Kuchar tied for 28th place at the Genesis Open and was the only one of four Yellow Jackets in the field to make the cut. He birdied three straight holes to finish his final round for a 71 and posted a 4-under-par total of 280, dropping to No. 2 in the points list. Anders Albertson, Seth Reeves and Ollie Schniederjans all missed the cut in Los Angeles last weekend.

Winner of the Sony Open and the Mayakoba Golf Classic already this season, Kuchar also has a tie for fourth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on his resume. Kuchar’s top finish in FedEx Cup points in his 19-year career has been No. 2 in 2013. He has already earned nearly $1.2 million more than all of last season.

No. 22 in this week’s Official World Golf Ranking, Kuchar is the only former Jacket in the field for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship this weekend in Mexico City.

Schniederjans is back in action this week to play in the Puerto Rico Open along with Roberto Castro and Cameron Tringale, as well as a pair of part-time Tour competitors in David Duval and Troy Matteson. Duval makes his second start this season after missing the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, while Matteson is making his first start this season after appearing in seven events in 2018.

Web.com Tour:  J.T. Griffin got his opportunity to play on the Web.com Tour last year by Monday qualifying, and it appears he is taking a similar route this season. The 2011 Tech graduate made the field for last week’s LECOM Suncoast Classic in Florida in a Monday qualifier, and made the most of it by finishing fifth, a career-best finish which earned him a start at the next event when the tour resumes in March. After firing rounds of 63-65 to grab the 36-hole lead, Griffin shot 71-69 on the weekend to finish at 268 (-20), six shots off the lead and good for a $20,000 payday, almost as much as he earned in six starts last year. The performance put him at No. 42 in the current Web.com points list. Last year, Griffin wound up making six starts on the circuit, but was unable to secure his card for 2019 via qualifying school.

Rookie Vincent Whaley rebounded from his first missed cut to tie for seventh at the LECOM event, holding his No. 8 position in the points standings. The 2017 Tech graduate shot 67-68-67-70 and finished at 16-under-par 272. He has two top-10 finishes in five events and more than $86,000 in earnings.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PGA Tour:  Puerto Rico Open • February 21-24, 2019 • Coco Beach Golf and Country Club • Rio Grande, P.R. • Purse: $3,000,000 • FedExCup Points: 300
  • World Golf Championships:  Mexico Championship • February 21-24, 2019 • Club de Golf Chapultepec • Mexico City, Mexico. • Purse: $10,250,000 • FedExCup Points: 550
  • Web.com Tour:  Chitimacha Louisiana Open • March 21-24, 2019 • Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club • Broussard, La. • Purse: $550,000
  • PGA Tour Champions:  Cologuard Classic • March 1-3, 2019 • Omni Tucson International • Tucson, Ariz. • Purse: $1,700,000
  • Mackenzie Tour:  MacKenzie Tour Q-School – Central • February 26-March 1, 2019 • TPC San Antonio • San Antonio, Texas • Purse: n/a
  • PGA Tour China:  three global qualifying tournaments set for February and March
  • All (formerly Adams) Pro Tour:  Coke Dr. Pepper Open • March 13-16, 2019 • Oak Wing Golf Club • Alexandria, La. • Purse: $150,000
  • G Pro Tour:  The Fox Club • March 5-6, 2019 • Palm City, Fla.

PLAYERLAST WEEKSEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
$362,088
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Etowah
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
73-72—145 (+3)
 2018 Money rank
83
Earnings
$350,808
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro:
2007
Career earnings: 
$6,843,235
Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
High School: Milton
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 Money Rank
128
Earnings
$249,650
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro:
1995
Career earnings: 
$37,539,067
Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
120
Earnings
$236,554
 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
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 J.T. GRIFFIN
 Wilson, N.C.
Turned pro:
2011
Career earnings: 
$42,896
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Fike
Status: no status
  Last Week
5
63-65-71-69—268 (-20)
  Money rank
42
Earnings
$20,896
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
Turned pro:
2010
Career earnings: 
$7,027,619
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
38
Earnings
$833,710
 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
 2018 Order of Merit
37
Earnings
¥170,385
 PAUL HALEY
 Dallas, Texas
Turned pro:
2011
Career earnings (Web.com): 
$348,201
Years at Georgia Tech: 2007-11
High School: Highland Park
Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-69—141 (-3)
 Web.com Points Rank
T-96
Earnings
$4,712
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
Turned pro:
2000
Career earnings: 
$46,677,910
Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-28
68-72-69-71—280 (-4)
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
2
Earnings
$2,969,933
 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
did not play
n/a
 2018 FedEx cup Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
Turned pro:
1980
Career earnings: 
$12,724,659 (PGA + Champions)
Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
High School: unknown
Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 Schwab Cup Rank
49
Earnings
$12,250
 CHRIS PETEFISH
 Danville, Calif.
Turned pro:
2018
Career earnings: 
$4,180
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
High School: Scottsdale [Ariz.] Christian Academy
Status: no status
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MICHAEL PISCIOTTA
 Alpharetta, Ga.
Turned pro:
2018
Career earnings: 
n/a
Years at Georgia Tech: 2014-18
High School: Alpharetta
Status: G Pro Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 2018Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
$200,854
Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
High School: Peachtree Ridge
Status: PGA Tour
 Last week
missed cut
71-72—143 (+1)
 2018 Money rank
148
Earnings
$200,854
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
Turned pro:
2015
Career earnings: 
$3,556,290
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
High School: Harrison
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
74-70—144 (+2)
  2018 FedEx Cup rank
181
Earnings
$88,320
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
Turned pro:
2005
Career earnings (PGA + Web.com): 
$6,543,864
Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
High School: Stoneman Douglas
Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-73—146 (+2)
 Web.com Points Rank
95
Earnings
$6,612
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Turned pro:
2009
Career earnings: 
$9,929,906
Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
High School: Mission Viejo
Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
71-68-72-73—284 (-3)
 2018 FedEx Cup Rank
191
Earnings
$59,308
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
Turned pro:
2014
Career earnings: 
$2,608,514
Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
High School: Heritage Academy (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  2018 FedEx Cup rank
50
Earnings
$630,144
VINCENT WHALEY
Fayetteville, Ga.
Turned pro:
2017
Career earnings:
$70,005
Years at Georgia Tech: 2013-17
High School: McKinney Boyd
Status: Web.com Tour
Last Week
T-7
67-68-67-70—272 (-16)
Web.com Points Rank<br/ >8
Earnings
$86,010

 

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