Ollie Schniederjans, 22, held the lead briefly on the back nine friday at the Quicken Loans National. “Schniederwho?” you ask?
The Dallas native graduated from Georgia Tech earlier this year after a heralded four-year career with the Wrambling Wreck. He was named ACC Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, only the sixth player to hold the honor in consecutive seasons. In 55 collegiate events he racked up 27 top-10s, including 17 top-5s and six victories. His career scoring average of 70.96 is second only to Bryce Molder’s 70.69 in Georgia Tech history.
In June 2014, Schniederjans became the No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world, a title he held until March of 2015 when Jon Rahm-Rodriguez took over the top spot. Ollie’s lengthy stay atop the ranking earned him the Mark H. McCormack medal and exemptions into the 2015 U.S. Open and 2015 British Open.
The 2015 Valspar Championship was Ollie’s first PGA Tour event. He missed the cut after rounds of 75-71 at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course. Next up was the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, where he was T14 after a first-round 69. Closing rounds of 73-72-73 led to a T42 finish.
The British Open at St. Andrews marked a turn of events for Schniederjans, who beat a whole host of major champions and past British Open winners with a T12 finish. He then turned professional and signed an equipment deal with Callaway.
Last week Schniederjans made his first PGA Tour start as a pro, finishing T22 at the RBC Canadian Open despite a final-round 73. He took home $46,206 for his efforts. Not bad for your first start as a pro.
At one point Friday, Schniederjans had a two-shot lead at the Quicken Loans National at 10 under par, before losing a few strokes coming in. Close behind were nine guys including 2015 PGA Tour winners David Lingmerth and Jimmy Walker, and major champions in Retief Goosen and — oh yeah, Tiger Woods.