Schniederjans gets taste of Tour Champ. as marker


ATLANTA – Ollie Schniederjans has played East Lake Golf Club dozens of times, one of the perks of being a member of the Georgia Tech golf team, but never under conditions like this.

Schniederjans received the call from tournament officials at the Tour Championship on Wednesday after Jim Furyk withdrew with an ailing wrist and left the season finale with 29 players.

Instead of playing by himself, Hideki Matsuyama, who was originally paired with Furyk, elected to play alongside a non-competing marker and officials had Schniederjans, who had participated in an off-site pro-am this week near East Lake, step in.

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“My caddie and I were out there thinking we want to play here so bad,” said Schniederjans, who turned professional after tying for 12th at the Open Championship. “This is definitely the goal just to get here.”

Schniederjans, who narrowly missed qualifying for the current Tour Finals in four PGA Tour starts as a professional, plans to fly to Scotland on Friday to play the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the European Tour.

He also plans to play at least three Tour events this fall ( Open, Shriners Hospital for Children Open and Sanderson Farms Championship) on sponsor exemptions as well as the second stage of Q-School.