Both Roberto Castro and Matt Kuchar entered the day yesterday at -4 on the tournament and were playing for positioning since neither had a chance to win. They were looking to build a little momentum and hopefully finish in a position to take home a nice check. Kuchar had a solid round going through the first 16 holes (-5 on the tournament to that point), but subsequently double and triple bogeyed the last two holes to finish at E. Kuchar certainly had high expectations this week as he looked to repeat on his title from last year, but he didn’t seem to be playing with much confidence after he fell out of contention.
Castro had a better day yesterday than Kuchar, as he was able to finish at -5 on the tournament. This was his first TPC appearance and it was a great start. He’s still a young player and should see improvement with experience. If he can learn to play with more consistency, then he may find himself winning a few tournaments in the future. If his first round 63 was any indication of his skill set, then he has a very bright future ahead of him.
After each of the first two rounds, a Tech grad was in contention for the lead. That’s not the case going into tomorrow, however, as Matt Kuchar struggled to gain ground on Tiger and the other leaders. Kuchar finished his round with a +3, which dropped him back to -4 on the tournament.
One of the positives on the day though was Roberto Castro’s performance. He was able to fight back after a dismal second round and went under par on the day, shooting a 71. He also sits at -4, which means both should tee off around the same time tomorrow. Neither has a chance to win the tournament, but both can build some momentum with a strong final day at the TPC.
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 →
Nick Thompson had the best day out of everyone left on the course and ended at -2 on the tournament. He’s out of contention for the win, but he can still wrap up a nice outing with a nice day tomorrow. Cink dropped two shots today, but he still sits at -1 and one shot back of Thompson. Both of them have had a successful tournament and have continued their good play. Continue reading →
Now that the Masters is over and the golf world has quieted down, there is a two month wait until the next major tournament. During that gap, there are quite a few smaller tournaments to fill the schedule, excluding the TPC. Therefore, Tech fans will get the chance to see all of GT’s former golfers in tournaments like this weeks RBC Heritage Tournament.
While the late evening playoff between eventual champion Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera stole the show on Sunday, the three Yellow Jackets competing each concluded the tournament in noteworthy fashion.
As we have come to expect, the star performer of the Tech contingent was Mr. Consistency, Matt Kuchar. Kuchar, who tied for 8th, recorded yet another top 10 finish. He also earned a cool $232,000 for his efforts. Kuchar was on the fringe of the contenders all week, but his 3 over 75 on Friday really hurt his chances to challenge the leaders come Sunday. Nonetheless, a top 10 finish in what is arguably the most well-known golf tournament in the world is nothing to complain about.
Stewart Cink joined Matt Kuchar in the final two rounds. Cink tied for 25th alongside Rory McIlroy. Despite his early stuggles, Cink was able to fight back and make the cut. His double bogey on the 12th hole in the opening round left many wondering whether or not he would fall victim to the famous Augusta greens. However, after birdieing the 18th in the opening round, he was able to take some momentum into the second round, in which he finished with an impeccable 4 straight birdies to end the round. Cink’s 2 over score for the weeked earned him a modest $56,040.
Larry Mize also put in a more than respectable effort. Mize narrowly missed the cut by 1 stroke (+5). Despite not butchering any particular hole (his worst score of any hole was a bogey), Mize couldn’t quite put it all together. His 9 bogeys in 36 holes over the two day stretch was simply too much to overcome. The 54 year old, who finished level with Louis Oosthuizen, assuredly outplayed his PGA ranking of 256.
The second round of the Shell Houston Open went remarkably better than most expected for Stewart Cink and Troy Matteson. Cink had the lowest score of the round at -6, shooting a 66 on the par 72 Redstone GC Course. He birdied the 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 13th, and 15th holes and went without a bogey on his scorecard for the second straight day. It’s nice to see Cink towards the top of the leaderboard at -7 (Steve Wheatcroft is at -10) since he’s been quiet on tour for a while.
Troy Matteson was also able to go under on the day, shooting a 71 and ending at -2 for the tournament. He also went without a bogey and birdied the 4th hole. Matteson may not play well enough to qualify for the Masters, but he has played solid golf and made the cut. Both golfers have been impressive this week and need to continue playing with the mentality they did in the first two rounds.
The first round of the Shell Houston Open has come and gone and the two Tech grads in the tournament went under par. Stewart Cink finished at -1 and parred every hole except for a birdie on the 4th hole. Troy Matteson also managed to finish at -1 for the day. He birdied the 4th and 15th holes while bogeying the 3rd. Both golfers had a pretty good day and are tied for 43rd heading into tomorrow.
On a day when a lot of players went under par, Cink had a frustrating day on the course. He had two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey to finish the day +4 and +3 on the tournament. At this point he’s obviously just playing for money, so hopefully he has a nice day tomorrow. On the other end of the standings, Tiger Woods has now taken a two shot lead at -11 and is looking at another tournament win if he can do what he usually does tomorrow.