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!
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.
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.
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.