Nissan #ProJackets Golf Report

Aug. 23, 2016

THE FLATS - Four Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are set to begin competition in the FedEx Cup Playoffs this weekend at The Barclays, which is being contested at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., beginning Thursday.

The top 125 PGA Tour players in points following last weekend’s Wyndham Championship make up the playoff field for this weekend’s event – Matt Kuchar is ranked No. 18, Roberto Castro No. 53, Bryce Molder No. 79 and Cameron Tringale No. 107. The top 100 in points following The Barclays will move on to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, after which the top 70 will compete in the BMW Championship in Carmel, Ind.

The top 30 after the BMW come to Atlanta on Sept. 22-25 for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Molder will be the first of the former Tech stars to tee off at 12 noon Thursday, paired for the first two rounds with Webb Simpson and Spencer Levin. Castro is paired with Colt Knost and Brendan Steele, teeing off at 12:22 p.m. Thursday, and Kuchar has a 12:44 tee time Thursday with William McGirt and PGA Champion Jimmy Walker. Tringale opens on the 10th tee at 1:28 p.m. with Keegan Bradley and Sean O’Hair.

Kuchar is bidding to reach the Tour Championship for the seventh straight year. He has never finished lower than 19th in FedEx Cup points during that time. Castro (21st in 2013) and Tringale (20th in 2014) both hope to make their second trip back to Atlanta. Molder, though consistently good over the last eight seasons, has never finished higher than 60th.

 

 

Castro turned in a 20th-place finish last weekend at the Wyndham Championship, closing strong with a final-round 65, and Stewart Cink, playing for the second straight week, earned his best finish of the season (T-14) after a closing 64. Chesson Hadley, playing in his home state, played four solid rounds and tied for 57th place.

Cink’s performance got him to 147th in FedEx Cup points, not good enough to advance to the playoffs but good enough to allow him into a significant number of PGA Tour events in 2016-17. The six-time Tour winner has competed in just 19 events this year while helping his wife, Lisa, through chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.

Hadley finished the regular season 159th in points, leaving him in a pool of 75 PGA Tour players who are eligible to compete with the top 75 finishers in the Web.com Tour in the Web.com Tour Finals, which begin next week. He will join Richy Werenski and Ollie Schniederjans, who ranked No. 2 and 3 in Web.com Tour earnings this season, and Anders Albertson, who ranks No. 52, in the Finals.

The Web.com Tour closes its regular-season schedule this weekend with the WinCo Foods Portland Open in Portland, Ore.


In the final round of the 2016 Wyndham Championship, Stewart Cink drains a long birdie putt from 45 feet out on the par-4 18th hole to finish.


In the second round the 2016 Wyndham Championship, Roberto Castro makes his 5-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole.

Matt Kuchar still glowing in Olympic aftermath

As you can see from the tweets and Instagram posts below, Matt Kuchar has thoroughly enjoyed his Olympic experience and winning the bronze medal. He received quite a reception from friends and family whyen he returned to Sea Island, and told Tim Rosaforte in Golf Digest magazine he plans to carry his medal to this week’s opening round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Barclays.

Round of his life earns Kuchar the bronze at the Olympics

I'm not sure if I was too tired or I just did not want to change last night!

A photo posted by Matt Kuchar (@mattkuchargolf) on

UPCOMING EVENTS

PGA Tour: The Barclays • August 25-28, 2016 • Bethpage State Park (Black Course) • Farmingdale, N.Y. • Purse: $8,500,000 • Winning Share: $1,530,000 • FedExCup Points: 2,000
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open • August 25-28, 2016 • Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow) • North Plains, Ore. • Purse: $800,000 • Winning share: $144,000
PGA Tour Champions: Boeing Classic • August 26-28, 2016 • TPC Snoqualmie Ridge • Snoqualmie, Wash. • Purse: $2,000,000 • Winning Share: $300,000
MacKenzie Tour: Cape Breton Open • September 1-4, 2016 • Bell Bay Golf Club • Baddeck, Nova Scotia • Purse: $175,000 • Winning Share: $31,500
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica: Flor de Cana Open • September 1- 4, 2016 • Gucalito de La Isla • Gucalito de La Isla, Nicaragua • Purse: $175,000 • Winning Share: $31,500
PGA Tour China: Yulongwan Yunnan Open • September 1- 4, 2016 • Yulongwan Golf Club • Yunnan, Kungming • Purse: n/a • Winning Share: n/a
SwingThought.com Tour: National Pro Series/Woodcreek Classic • Aug. 24-27, 2016 • Wildwood at Woodcreek • Elgin, S.C.

  PLAYER LAST WEEK SEASON STATS
 ANDERS ALBERTSON
 Woodstock, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2015
 Career earnings: 
$82,9455
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-15
 High School: Etowah
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
missed cut
69-69—138 (-4)
 Money rank
52
Earnings
$82,945
 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
28 (SW.com)
Earnings
$13,323
 ROBERTO CASTRO
 Alpharetta, Ga.
 Turned pro:
2007
 Career earnings: 
$5,911,970
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2003-07
 High School: Milton
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-20
72-64-68-65—269 (-11)
 FedEx/Money Rank
53
Earnings
$1,711,658
 STEWART CINK
 Duluth, Ga.
 Turned pro:
1995
 Career earnings: 
$34,206,017
 Years at Georgia Tech: 1991-95
 High School: Bradshaw (Florence, Ala.)
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-14
70-66-68-64—268 (-12)
 FedEx Rank
147
Earnings
$437,855
 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
20
69-74-73—216 (+3)
 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
66
Earnings
$6,262
 CHESSON HADLEY
 Raleigh, N.C.
 Turned pro:
2010
 Career earnings: 
$3,878,270
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-10
 High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Status: PGA Tour
 Last Week
T-57
68-69-68-70—275 (-5)
 FedEx Rank
159
Earnings
$503,993
 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
did not play
n/a
 FedEx Rank
18
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
did not play
n/a
 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
missed cut
69-73—141 (+1)
 FedEx Rank
79
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
71-71—142 (E)
 Money rank
31
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
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
3
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
68-70—138 (-2)
  Money rank
145
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
missed cut
71-70—141 (-1)
 FedEx Rank
T-244
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
missed cut
71-70—141 (+1)
 FedEx Rank
107
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: 
$398,456
 Years at Georgia Tech: 2011-14
 High School: Fike
 Status: Web.com Tour
  Last Week
did not play
n/a
  Money rank
2
Earnings
$336,370
 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-2 (lost playoff)
67-66-65—198 (-15)
 Money Rank
7
Earnings
$26,388