All six Georgia Tech alumni who qualified for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs made the cut and advanced to this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., outside of Boston.
Matt Kuchar, who held the lead at The Barclays last weekend after 36 and 54 holes, faltered with a 78 Sunday but still tied for 19th (279, -5) and stands fourth in FedEx Cup points, virtually assuring himself a spot in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sept. 19-22.
The top 100 players on the current FedEx Cup points list are in the field for this week’s second stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The top 70 following the Deutsche Bank Championship will qualify for next week’s BMW Championship outside of Chicago, and the top 30 after that event comprise the field for the Tour Championship.
Bryce Molder and Roberto Castro tied for 25th place at 280 (-4). Castro further solidified his FedEx Cup standing, moving up from 41st to 34th, while Molder improved from 98th to 68th, giving him a solid chance of advancing to next week’s BMW Championship.
Nicholas Thompson, who finished 50th at The Barclays, moved up to 73rd in the FedEx Cup standings, while Cameron Tringale remained among the top 70 (69th) with his tie for 58th. Stewart Cink, who tied for 68th at The Barclays, slipped two spots to 85th.
HADLEY EARNS 2013-14 TOUR CARD
Chesson Hadley, by virtue of his third-place standing in earnings at the end of the Web.com Tour regular season, is one of 25 players on that tour to earn his 2013-14 PGA Tour membership card, the Tour announced Sunday.
Hadley, a 2010 graduate of Georgia Tech, All-American and ACC Champion, has earned $305,999 this year in official money and captured the Rex Hospital Open title in January. He is the ninth member of head coach Bruce Heppler’s Tech teams, beginning with Matt Kuchar in 2001, to earn a PGA Tour card.
WILL TECH BE AMONG GOLFWEEK PRE-SEASON TOP 8?
Golfweek magazine is counting down its pre-season top 30 teams in collegiate golf. The magazine has reached No. 9 today (LSU), and Georgia Tech has not yet appeared. Stay tuned, and click the link above to follow.
Head coach Bruce Heppler’s 19th Tech team includes six returning golfers who made the field at the U.S. Amateur field – seniors Bo Andrews, Seth Reeves and Richard Werenski, juniors Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans, and sophomore Michael Hines – as well as rising junior Drew Czuchry of Acworth, Ga., and incoming freshman Vincent Whaley of McKinney, Texas.
Albertson, Andrews, Reeves and Schniederjans all played on the Tech travel team that reached the semifinals in match play at the NCAA Championship, and finished second in the stroke-play portion of the event.
Tech opens its fall schedule next weekend (Sept. 6-8) at the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga., near Dalton.