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 →
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 →
Stewart Cink had the best day out of everyone, going -2 on the round with 3 birdies and a bogey. He’s now at -3 on the tournament and sits 3 shots back of the leader. Thompson, Matteson, and Kuchar are all at -1, E, and +1 respectively and made the cut. It’s somewhat surprising that Kuchar went +2 on the day after he had such a great Masters, but hopefully he can put together a nice weekend and stay hot.
Both Molder and Castro missed the cut (cut was +1) at +4 and +8 respectively. Molder had some nice holes, but had a bad bogey run halfway through his round that ruined his day. Castro on the other hand was off from the beginning of the round and just had a rough tournament.
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.
Update: Molder and Kuchar finished at -3 on the tournament. Both golfers played really well today and Kuchar had a strong finish. Thompson and Matteson are both almost done with their rounds and sit at +2. They both had solid outings, but showed inconsistencies in their day to day play.
Update: Molder still sits at -3 and is almost done for the day. Kuchar has dropped back to -1 while Thompson has dropped to +2. Matteson has registered 3 birdies since his early bogey and is -2 on the day and +1 for the tournament.
The final round of the Valero Texas Open is underway and there are a couple golfers posting low scores. Bryce Molder has by far the best round going, however, as he is -4 on the day and at -3 on the tournament. He is now tied for 14th and has a chance to get into the top 10. Kuchar is -1 today and is a stroke back on Molder. Both players are playing well right now and are looking to finish the tournament towards the top of the leader board.
Both Thompson and Matteson are +1 so far today and they are currently at E and +4 respectively. Matteson is trying to hold his tournament together while Thompson still has a chance to crack the top 20. Come back and check out the updates later in the day.
Today was a very unexciting day at the Valero Texas Open as much of the field went over par. Thankfully Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy, and Padraig Harrington provide some name recognition to a leaderboard that would otherwise be dull. Although Kuchar hasn’t had the tournament he was probably expecting, he still sits at -1 with Nicholas Thompson and tied for 19th (9 back of the leader though). Both golfers went -1 on the day and had Kuchar not double bogeyed the final hole, he might still be in contention.
Bryce Molder had a rough day today, going +3 and ending at +1 so far in the tournament. A nice day tomorrow will get him back into the Top 25 and round out a successful tournament for him. The last player still alive is Troy Matteson, who went +2 on the day and finished at +3. He started the day off with a double bogey but fought back to go even the rest of the day. The same situation happened last week to Matteson, which means he needs to focus harder at the start of his rounds.
Tournament coverage will start on the Golf Channel, but will switch over to NBC at 3 P.M. If McIlroy or Furyk can make a run, this should be an exciting finish. It will also be interesting to see if Billy Horschel can finish this weekend with a win, something he wasn’t able to do last weekend. Kuchar still has a chance to gain some ground on the leaders, but at this point he’s just getting practice in for the Masters.
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.