Roberto Castro is a young golfer and has not had much experience on the Tour, so reality was bound to set in at some point. Although most expected him to drop in the standings, I don’t think anyone saw a +6 round coming after such an impressive performance yesterday. In today’s round, Castro recorded a birdie, 5 bogeys and a double bogey to end at -3 through the tournament so far. He easily made the cut, but he has to forget today’s meltdown and show up tomorrow with the same mentality he had on Thursday. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The second round of the Valero Texas Open is a little over halfway through, which means some former Tech golfers have already finished their days. Bryce Molder had a difficult day (+2), but still sits at -2 and within 4 strokes of the lead. Thompson faired a little better with a +1, but he now sits at E on the day. Although Troy Matteson sits at +1, he went -3 on the day and put himself in position to make the cut. The projected cut is +1, so he looks like he’s in good shape.
Kuchar has played 4 holes, but is at +2 for the tournament, so he’ll have to start making some birdies to get back into the hunt. Castro, Duval, and Tringale are all well off the lead, sitting at +6, +7, and +7 respectively. Barring a huge day from one of them, they will all miss the cut and go home early. I’ll post all four of their final scores when they finish and let you know if they made the cut.
Update: The first round of the tournament is over and two players have finished under par. Thompson finished at -1 and Molder finished at -4 and 1 shot back of the league. He was very impressive today with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys. Troy Matteson also finished his day, but finished at +4.
Update: Thompson, Molder, and Matteson are finishing up the first half of their rounds are currently sit at -2, -1, and +2 respectively. The co-leaders are at -4 and have finished their days, so Thompson and Molder have a chance to gain another couple strokes heading into the back nine.
Update: What started as a promising day has turned into somewhat of a disappointment so far. Kuchar is on the 18th and sits at +2. Tringale, Castro, and Duval have all finished and are at +5, +7, and +7 respectively. There are a lot of high numbers on the course today though, so they all have a chance to come back with a better round tomorrow. The afternoon tee times are preparing to tee off.
Update: Both Kuchar and Tringale are at E on the day, while Duval and Castro have fallen off the pace at +3 and +7 respectively (+7 is still the highest score to par). All four are on the back nine and should be finishing up about the time that Thompson, Matteson, and Molder are starting.
The first round of the Valero Texas Open has begun and a few golfers are already on the course. Matt Kuchar is E through 3 holes, while David Duval and Cameron Tringale are both at +1. Roberto Castro is currently at +3 (the highest score on the course so far) and he just needs to find a groove heading into the back nine.
Thompson, Matteson, and Molder were all given afternoon tee times, and start their rounds at 1:30, 1:40, and 1:50 ET respectively. Some golfers have started off the day well and are under par, so these three will need to come out strong today. I’ll post updates every so often to let you know how they’re playing!
The Valero Texas Open is the final tournament before the Masters this year and will be held at the JW Marriott, TPC San Antonio golf course. Everyone who elected to skip the Shell Houston Open last week will play in this tournament, so it will definitely be worth keeping up with. Here’s the list of Tech golfers who will play this week. Continue reading