Afternoon Links

Now that we have added two more contributors, there is more time to write different posts. Every day or two we’ll write a links post like this one that gives some interesting videos or stories usually related to Georgia Tech. Today’s post has some spring football updates, a couple videos, and an in depth Masters review. Check out all the links and post your opinions below! Continue reading


Masters Rewind

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.

Augusta Weather Update

In the last few weeks the weather here in Georgia has fluctuated tremendously. We finally worked our way up to the 70s and then subsequently dropped back to 40 with wind and rain. Georgia’s weather can best be described as unpredictable, which makes many golf fans nervous this week. Fortunately, the golf world seems to be in position to get some lucky breaks.

Starting in the late afternoon tomorrow, there is a good chance of thunderstorms, but most of the players should be off the course by then. The rain should continue overnight and partially into Friday morning, but will subside in the afternoon. After that short round of showers, the weather through Sunday should be sunny and warm, setting up for a fantastic weekend of golf. The weather has been nice for the last few weeks, which also means the golf course should be in full bloom and in excellent condition.

It looks like the weather is setting up for a perfect Sunday at the Masters. If the tournament plays out like many expect it to (Tiger, McIlroy, Kuchar and others near the top), then this may very well be a Masters to remember.

This Week’s Masters Posts

This week is obviously the start of the Masters, which means we will be paying great attention to the tournament and all of it’s news. Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink and Larry Mize are Tech’s only golfers that made the field, but they should play some great golf this week and we’ll keep you updated on their play. In order to avoid taking up the entire feed, however, all of the tournament updates will go on the Masters page above. Come back and check out all the news after each round and enjoy the Masters this year!

Shell Houston Open Preview

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.

Stewart Cink’s Final Round

Yesterday Cink finished up the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a +2. That put him at tied for 63rd in the tournament. I’m sure a +2 isn’t how he wanted to finish, but there were some harsh conditions on the course yesterday so it was actually a solid day. It will be interesting to see which tournaments he competes in before the Masters as I’m sure he’ll want to take one of the next two weeks off.

The tournament was suspended late in the day when the leaders were just starting, so be sure to check it out later today and see where Tiger finishes up.

Arnold Palmer Invitational- Stewart Cink

Leading up to the Masters, most professional golfers pick and choose which events they participate in. This unfortunately leads to players skipping some tournaments that they should be at. That is the case with the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend. The Arnold Palmer Invitational is one of the bigger tournaments of the year that attracts the world’s best golfers. This year however, players like Rory McIllroy, Luke Donald, Adam Scott, and Matt Kuchar will not participate. That’s unfortunate for the golf community because those are four of the best players in the world in the last few years. It is also disappointing to not see Kuchar there since he is currently Tech’s most recognizable golfer.

The only former Yellow Jacket that will be competing in this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational is Stewart Cink. The former British Open winner will be part of Group 41, which tees off at 1:31 P.M. on the back 9. He is playing with K.J. Choi and Vijay Singh for the first two days, so I would expect him to get some media coverage this week. Hopefully he can play well and get a nice warm up in before the Masters, which is now less than a month away. I’ll keep you update on his performance after each round.