Valero Texas Open 2nd Round Update

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.

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Valero Texas Open First Round Updates

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!

Valero Texas Open Preview

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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

Shell Houston Open Preview

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This Thursday will be the start of another PGA Tour Tournament, the Shell Houston Open. Some of the best players in the world use this weekend as a tune-up for the Masters while others take a week to relax after Arnold’s tournament. Last week’s winner, Tiger Woods, won’t compete this week, but fans will get to see Rory McIlroy in action, aiming to take back the world number 1 ranking he lost to Tiger.

There are two Georgia Tech alums playing in this week’s tournament, Stewart Cink and Troy Matteson. Cink is coming off of a disappointing Arnold Palmer Invitational, where his score increased each day. Matteson on the other hand is playing to make the cut, since he has only done so in 3 of the 7 events he has played in this year. He needs to play well this week(Top 10 finish) to improve his chances on playing in the Masters, which would still be slim. Cink on the other hand shouldn’t have a problem getting an invite.

Matt Kuchar and David Duval are not participating in the Shell Houston Open this week. This is Kuchar’s second straight weekend where he hasn’t competed, but it is necessary since he played in most of the early season tournaments. I would expect him to come back  next week to get one last tournament in before the Masters starts. The same applies for Duval. We are now almost two weeks away from what is, in my opinion, the best golf tournament of the year.