Valero Texas Open Preview

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 Final Round Update

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.

Shell Houston Open Update

The 3rd round of the Shell Houston Open is over and Stewart Cink had another fantastic round. He made five birdies and one bogey to get to -4 on the day and -11 on the tournament. He is now tied for the lead, which means he will be paired with Bill Haas tomorrow afternoon. Here’s a video of Cink after he finished his round. I love his confidence in the video and you can tell he is enjoying the tournament so far.

As I mentioned earlier, Matteson had a very rough start to the day with two double bogeys. He managed to fight back and go -3 for the rest of the round, which puts him at -1 on the tournament. Considering the start he had, I would say he played pretty well today. He is tied for 61st in the tournament and will start early tomorrow morning. Cink, however, should get tons of media coverage once NBC’s broadcast starts at 3 P.M. Eastern time.

Shell Houston Open Round 2- Cink Goes Low

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.

Shell Houston Open Update

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.

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.