Nissan #ProJackets Golf Report

Aug. 9, 2016

THE FLATS - Golf is guaranteed to be a part of the Olympic Games only in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and 2020 in Tokyo, and at 38 years old, Matt Kuchar may not get another chance to enjoy this rare treat in his sport.

So add "Olympian" to an impressive resume of international accomplishments that already includes three appearances in the Ryder Cup (and perhaps a fourth this fall), two in the Presidents Cup and one in the Walker Cup. Though the format is pure individual stroke play for 72 holes, similar to a PGA Tour event, Kuchar will very much be representing his country along with Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson in the 60-player field.

Kuchar, ranked No. 20 in the world, has been paired with reigning Masters champion Danny Willett (9) of Great Britain and Li Haotong (155) of China. Kuchar is back to being a top-10 machine -- he has nine in 2016 -- but he's still looking for his first victory of the season.

A look at the featured groups for the first 36 holes

Storylines from Olympic Men's Golf Competition

He has won seven times on the PGA Tour and has played particularly well this summer, finishing third three times in a six-event span that began at THE PLAYERS and has nine top-10s in all. In fact, in 372 Tour starts, he has 84 top-10 finishes.

There are no FedEx Cup or Ryder Cup points on the line this week, but Kuchar is in good shape (16th in points) to reach the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta for the eighth consecutive year. He is 11th in the current points standings for the Ryder Cup, with two Tour events remaining that would help him accrue enough points to reach the top eight for automatic inclusion onto the U.S. team.


 

 

At ALS fundraiser at Travelers Championship. Bubba wore the full Opening Ceremonies outfit, mine was sent to Rio.

A photo posted by Matt Kuchar (@mattkuchargolf) on

PGA Tour: Most Tech alumni are taking this week off though the PGA Tour has the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., where Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley, Troy Matteson and Matt Weibring are in the field. With only the Wyndham Championship left in the regular-season PGA Tour regular season, Roberto Castro (55th), Bryce Molder (74th) and Cameron Tringale (98th) are all in good position to reach the opening round of the FedEx Cup playoffs (The Barclays).

Only Kuchar, who tied for 17th, Molder, who tied for 56th, and Hadley, who missed the cut, played in last week's Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Kuchar fired three rounds in the 60's and closed with a 65.


Web.com Tour: Ollie Schniederjans, despite his missed cut last weekend, still possesses one of the best all-around games on the Web.com Tour. After a lengthy range session Friday night, the 23-year-old (who is also one of the longest hitters on Tour despite his smaller frame) did not return to Atlanta before heading to Missouri and is eager for a good result.

He remains No. 2 on the Web.com Tour money list, while Richy Werenski remains No. 3. Anders Albertson, who skipped last weekend's Digital Ally Open, is 54th on the money list, looking for a big finish in the next two events to get to the top 25 before the Web.com Finals begin Sept. 8.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: John Deere Classic • August 11-14, 2016 • TPC Deere Run • Silvis, Ill. • Purse: $4,800,000 • Winning Share: $864,000 • FedExCup Points: 500
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship • August 11-14, 2016 • Highland Springs Country Club • Springfield. Mo. • Purse: $675,000 • Winning share: $121,500
PGA Tour Champions: U.S. Senior Open • August 11-14, 2016 • Scioto Country Club • Columbus, Ohio. • Purse: $3,750,000 • Winning Share: n/a
MacKenzie Tour: National Capital Open • August 18-21, 2016 • Hylands Golf Club • Ottawa, Ontario • Purse: $175,000 • Winning Share: $31,500
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica: Flor de Cana Open • Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2016 • Gucalito de La Isla • Gucalito de La Isla, Nicaragua • Purse: $175,000 • Winning Share: $31,500
SwingThought.com Tour: National Pro Series/Three Ridges Golf Club • Aug. 10-13, 2016 • Three Ridges Golf Club • Knoxville, Tenn.

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$73,495
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
48
Earnings
$73,495
 BO ANDREWS
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: SwingThought/PGA Tour LatinoAmerica
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
 Money rank
23 (SW.com)
Earnings
$13,323
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$5,841,970
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx/Money Rank
55
Earnings
$1,641,658
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$34,095,857
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
162
Earnings
$327,695
 DREW CZUCHRY
 Auburn, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: home schooled
 Status: SwingThought.com
  Last Week
T-28 (mc)
70-73--143 (+1)
 Money rank
60
Earnings
$6,362
 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
58
Earnings
$6,262
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$3,865,894
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
missed cut
72-70--142 (+2)
 FedEx Rank
155
Earnings
$491,617
 SHUN YAT HAK
 Hong Kong, China
 Turned pro:
2013
 Career earnings: 
n/a
 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
70
Earnings
¥23,829
 MATT KUCHAR
 Sea Island, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2000
 Career earnings: 
$37,413,560
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1997-2000
 High School: Seminole (Lake Mary, Fla.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-17
69-67-71-65--272 (-8)
 FedEx Rank
16
Earnings
$3,271,732
 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
158
Earnings
$10,155
 LARRY MIZE
 Columbus, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1980
 Career earnings: 
$11,859,215
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1975-79
 High School: unknown
 Status: PGA Tour Champions
 Last Week
T-37
68-69-72--209 (-7)
 Schwab Cup Rank
55
Earnings
$177,277
 BRYCE MOLDER
 Scottsdale, Ariz.
 Turned pro:
2001
 Career earnings: 
$11,602,351
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1998-2001
 High School: Conway (Ark.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-56
69-70-66-72--277 (-3)
 FedEx Rank
74
Earnings
$1,333,707
 SETH REEVES
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$14,764
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2010-14
 High School: Peachtree Ridge
 Status: MacKenzie Tour
 Last week
missed cut
74-72--146 (+2)
 Money rank
27
Earnings
$14,764
 OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS
 Powder Springs, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$505,692
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Harrison
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
71-71--142 (E)
  Money rank
2
Earnings
$277,271
 KYLE SCOTT
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 Turned pro:
2011
 Career earnings: 
$20,022
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-11
 High School: Edenglen
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
75-72--147 (+5)
  Money rank
139
Earnings
$15,493
 NICHOLAS THOMPSON
 Coral Springs, Fla.
 Turned pro:
2005
 Career earnings: 
$5,720,607
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2001-05
 High School: Stoneman Douglas
 Status: Web.com
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
T-222
Earnings
n/a
 CAMERON TRINGALE
 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
 Turned pro:
2009
 Career earnings: 
$8,920,023
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2005-09
 High School: Mission Viejo
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
98
Earnings
$1,064,066
 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
T-215
Earnings
n/a
 RICHY WERENSKI
 South Hadley, Mass.
 Turned pro:
2014
 Career earnings: 
$325,556
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
72-67--139 (-3)
  Money rank
2
Earnings
$263,470
 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
T-12
70-67-73-69--279 (-5)
 Money Rank
10
Earnings
$21,638