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 first round of the RBC Heritage is over and there were mixed results for Georgia Tech’s pros. Stewart Cink made 4 birdies, but also bogeyed 3 holes to end at -1 on the day. Kuchar had a less eventful day, parring 15 holes and also ending at -1. Nick Thompson had the most surprising day out of the 6 golfers by positing going -1 as well. He did a great job of battling back after bogeys and staying under par. 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.
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 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!
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
Update: The final round of the tournament is over and Stewart Cink ended at -13 under. He was -2 on the day and was unable to catch the leader, D.A. Points, at -16. Although Cink wasn’t able to win, he had a great weekend and he looks much improved. He is riding a hot streak and looks good heading into the Masters two weeks from now.
Update: Play has been suspended at the Shell Houston Open since thunderstorms have rolled into the area. If they can’t finish the tournament today, then it will resume tomorrow morning. Cink was on the 14th hole when play was suspended.
Update: Stewart Cink has finally started to make a move. After recording pars on the first ten holes, he has recorded two straight birdies. He is now at -13 under and two back of the leader. The field is starting to thin, and Cink has the advantage since he is in the final pairing.
Today is the final round of the Shell Houston Open and Stewart Cink is tied for the lead. It isn’t every day that Cink is in contention on Sunday (he hasn’t won in almost four years), so he has seen more press coverage than usual this week. Here’s a short interview with him before the start of his final round.
There are some people hitting low scores on the course today and there’s a large pack behind him. If he can continue to avoid bogeys like he’s done all week, then he should see success. Phil Mickelson is also charging up the leaderboards right now, so he is a major threat to Cink at the moment. Cink just teed off and he’ll have to keep his drives on the fairway, which he wasn’t able to do on the first hole, if he wants to win today. Here’s a video of his first shot.
Troy Matteson has already finished his day, shooting -1 under and ending at -2 for the tournament. He had a double bogey on the 16th hole, but was able to follow that up with a birdie on the 17th. He has shown some impressive mental toughness this week after a few disastrous double bogeys. Both Cink and Matteson have played well and we’ll see if Cink is able to finally get his 7th PGA Tour win.
Both Matteson and Cink are currently on the course, with Mattesonon on the back nine. He is +2 on the day and even for the tournament, but has come back well after two early double bogeys. Cink on the other hand just started and is on the third hole. You can catch all of Cink’s day on the Golf Channel.
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.