The Players Championship started this week, which means almost all of Tech’s former golfers will be competing in the field. Some players came out strong today, posting scores under par, while others really struggled. Nick Thompson was able to finish with a -3 on the day and both Matt Kuchar and Cameron Tringale are one shot behind him at -2.
Bryce Molder on the other hand finished the day at +2 and he was never really able to build momentum. Troy Matteson had similar issues today, finishing +3. The real question mark on the day was Stewart Cink, who is currently at -5 through 15 holes. He’s played well recently and this rough start is very surprising. He has enough experience to battle back and hopefully make the cut, but he has a lot of work in front of him.
The real story of the day, however, for Georgia Tech and the golf world was Roberto Castro, who finished at -9 and leads the field by 3 strokes. He registered 7 birdies and an eagle to tie the best score to par in TPC history. This was easily the best round of his career and great news for him because he hasn’t played well lately. He now has some momentum going into day two and he will need to keep pushing the rest of the field. If he gets complacent, there are some excellent golfers right behind him waiting to take the lead and they surely will. This was only one round out of four and Castro could easily fall apart if he doesn’t focus, but he certainly needs to remember this round because he just made history.