Nissan #ProJackets Golf Report

James White won a SwingThought.com Tour event last weekend in Atlanta.
April 5, 2017

THE FLATS - Three former Georgia Tech stars – Roberto Castro, Matt Kuchar and Larry Mize – are in the exclusive field this weekend for the Masters Tournament, the first major championship of 2017.

Castro and Kuchar are both in the field by virtue of reaching last year’s PGA Tour Championship and finishing among the top 30 in the final FedEx Cup standings. Both players also qualified for the U.S. and British Opens by doing so. Mize is in the field as a former champion (1987).

Mize, 57, an Augusta native, hit one of the most memorable shots in Masters history, chipping in from 140 feet on No. 11, the second playoff hole, to prevail over Greg Norman in the 1987 Masters. He has four PGA Tour victories and one Champions Tour title, and served as a member of the 1987 Ryder Cup team. Mize is playing his 34th Masters, every one since 1984.

Castro, 31 and from Alpharetta, Ga., is playing in his second Masters, earning an invitation by finishing among the top 30 in FedEx Cup points in 2016. He made 27 PGA Tour starts in 2016 with four top-10 finishes. He finished as the runner-up at the Wells Fargo Championship after falling in a playoff to James Hahn, and also finished third at the BMW Championship.

Kuchar is playing in his 11th Masters, having earned top-10 finishes in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He made his Masters debut after winning the 1997 U.S. Amateur while at Georgia Tech. The 38-year-old Kuchar posted 10 top-10 finishes in 26 starts on the PGA Tour in 2016, and won bronze for the United States at the 2016 Olympics. Kuchar won the 2012 Players and has seven career PGA Tour victories. He has been a member of four U.S. Ryder Cup teams and three Presidents Cup teams.

 

 

Mize tees off in the fourth group at 8:33 a.m. Thursday along with Americans Brian Stuard and Stewart Hagestad. Castro is in group 18 at 11:18 a.m. Thursday with 1998 Masters champion Mark O’Meara and former Georgia player Hudson Swafford. Kuchar is in group 23, teeing off at 12:24 p.m. along with last year’s Masters champion, Danny Willett and Curtis Luck of Australia.

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Neither Castro nor Kuchar made the cut at last weekend’s Shell Houston Open. Kuchar currently ranked 73rd in FedEx Cup points, while Castro ranked No. 153. Of the seven former Yellow Jackets competing in in Houston, only Stewart Cink (T-23) and Bryce Molder (T-69) played the entire 72 holes. Cameron Tringale and Richy Werenski made the cut but did not finish, playing only through Saturday, while Ollie Schniederjans did not play the weekend.

Mize took last weekend off from the PGA Tour Champions event in Mississippi, but has enjoyed a solid 2017 with four cuts made in four events, and ranks 44th in Schwab cup earnings.

Elsewhere: James White picked up a victory on the SwingThought.com Tour last weekend by two shots at Stone Mountain’s Stonemont course, winning $4,900 with a 2-under-par score of 278, spurred by a second-round 63. He ranks second on the tour’s earnings list for 2017.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: The Masters Tournament • April 6-9, 2017 • Augusta National Golf Club • Augusta, Ga. • Purse: $10,000,000 • FedExCup Points: 600
Web.com Tour: United Leasing & Finance Championship • April 20-23, 2017 • Victoria National Golf Club • Newburgh, Ind. • Purse: $600,000
PGA Tour Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic • April 14-16, 2017 • TPC Sugarloaf • Duluth, Ga. • Purse: $1,800,000
MacKenzie Tour: MacKenzie Tour Q-School • five sessions between Mar. 14-May 5 • various sites
PGA Tour China: Henan Open • May 9-15, 2017 • St. Andrews Golf Club • Zhengzhou, Henan
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica: 86 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp • April 20-23, 2017 • Cordoba Golf Club • Cordoba, Argentina • Purse: $175,000
Swing Thought Tour: Castle Bay • April 20-23, 2017 • Hampstead, N.C.

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$103,610
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
49
Earnings
$20,665
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: PGA Tour LatinoAmerica
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$6,450,802
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-73—145 (+1)
 FedEx/Money Rank
153
Earnings
$224,579
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$34,640,817
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-23
66-71-73-73—283 (-5)
 FedEx Rank
49
Earnings
$689,435
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: Web.com Q-School
  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 Rank
n/a
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: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 eGolf/ST Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$3,925,855
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
33
Earnings
$21,960
 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
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$38,191,088
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
73-77—150 (+6)
 FedEx Rank
73
Earnings
$485,697
 TROY MATTESON
 Austin, Texas
 Turned pro:
2003
 Career earnings: 
$10,059,890
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2000-03
 High School: L.C. Anderson
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx/Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$4,296,166
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Schwab Cup Rank
36
Earnings
$58,789
 BRYCE MOLDER
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2001
 Career earnings: 
$11,017,326
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1998-2001
 High School: Conway (Ark.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-69
68-75-75-74—292 (+4)
 FedEx Rank
183
Earnings
$91,716
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$27,963
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
77
Earnings
$21,960
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$954,223
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
70-75—145 (+1)
  Money rank
58
Earnings
$725,531
 KYLE SCOTT
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$25,946
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Edenglen
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings: 
$734,090
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
8
Earnings
$74,299
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$9,263,739
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
MDF
69-75-77—221 (+5)
 FedEx Rank
114
Earnings
$365,415
 MINGHAO WANG
 Xian, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-13
 High School: Celebration Academy
 Status: PGA Tour China
 Last week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 MATT WEIBRING
 Plano, Texas
 Turned pro:
2002
 Career earnings: 
$1,635,583
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1999-2002
 High School: Bishop Lynch
 Status: Web.com Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money Rank
n/a
Earnings
n/a
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$327,983
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: PGA Tour
  Last Week
MDF
72-71-80—223 (+7)
  Money rank
118
Earnings
$321,158
 JAMES WHITE
 Acworth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2012
 Career earnings: 
$40,109
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-12
 High School: Harrison
 Status: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
1
70-63-73-72—278 (-2)
 Money Rank
2
Earnings
$8,760