Final Round Updates
Update: Stewart Cink has finished the tournament at +2 after going -1 today. That’s a nice finish for him and a solid overall tournament. Kuchar is now at -3 through 8 holes after dropping a stroke. The leader is Angel Cabrera at -9, so barring a big comeback and a couple bogeys from Cabrera, his Masters bid is over.
Stewart Cink will head out onto the course at 11:40 this morning, while Matt Kuchar will have a 2:20 tee time. Kuchar is at -4 and has a chance to win the tournament (Cabrera and Snedeker are at -7). He needs to post around a 68 or 69 to have a chance because there are a lot of proven golfers around him and they aren’t going to falter today.
Round 3 Updates
Update: Kuchar is -2 through 7 holes today, which puts him at -3 and 3 strokes behind the leader, Jason Day. Cink has been better today, going -1 through 16 holes. Both are playing well, but Kuchar has a legitimate shot at winning if he can continue to avoid the bogeys.
Larry Mize unsurprisingly missed the cut, but Stewart Cink made a nice push towards the end of his round yesterday to get to +2. He is teeing off at 10:35 so he’ll be starting soon. Matt Kuchar went +3 yesterday to finish at -1 so far on the tournament. He tees off at 12:45 today and we’ll get to see him on tv quite a bit. Both players still have a chance to at least make a run, but it’s unlikely either will win.
Round 2 Updates
Update: Players are starting to really drop today. A couple veteran players have gone under par, but the majority of players on the course right now are over par. Kuchar is through four holes and is still at E on the day. If he can get a birdie or two, that may put him in the lead at the end of the day.
Update: The greens are going to be soft today and there should be some more low scores. Assuming the leader ends around -8 or -9, Cink and Mize are going to have to make some birdies today. Both are currently sitting on the edge, but I think Cink has more of a chance to make it than Mize does.
As I stated earlier, here are the tee times for tomorrow.
Larry Mize: 11:07 AM
Stewart Cink: 1:18 PM
Matt Kuchar: 10:45 AM
Round 1 Updates
Update: Kuchar ended the day at -4 and is two shots back of the lead. He will go out earlier tomorrow morning, which should benefit him. The rain tonight should make the greens soft and easier to manage. Here’s Kuchar finishing on the 18th.
Update: Cink finished the day at +3 and will look to make a move tomorrow or else he’ll miss the cut. Kuchar has been patient so far and sits at -1 through 7 holes. Coverage has begun on ESPN, so you can check out the rest of Kuchar’s day on tv.
Update: After recording a double bogey on the 12th hole, Cink dropped back to +3 on the day. If he can get another stroke or two back and end the day around +1, he will be in solid position and within reach of the lead. Kuchar just started and is still at E. Marc Leishman is the leader at -6 and has a two stroke lead over the rest of the field.
Update: Larry Mize finished his first round at +1 after bogeying the 14th and 18th holes. Cink is through the front nine and sits at even on the day. He’s had a birdie and a bogey so far, but nothing too exciting.
Update: Through the first half of his round, Mize is at E on the day. He bogeyed the 9th hole, but has played well so far today. Stewart Cink has teed off as well and is looking to continue his hot play of late.
Update: Larry Mize is currently on the course and is -1 through the first 6 holes. He birdied the first hole and has parred each since.Two golfers sit at -2, so Mize is doing very well so far.
The tee times for the first and second rounds have been released and here are the times for Mize, Cink, and Kuchar.
Larry Mize: First Round 8:11 AM, Second Round 11:07 AM
Stewart Cink: First Round 10:23 AM, Second Round 1:18 PM
Matt Kuchar: First Round 1:52 PM, Second Round 10:45 AM
This means that Mize and Cink will be done with their rounds by the time coverage starts on ESPN at 3 tomorrow, but we should be able to see most of Kuchar’s round. I also usually don’t pay too much attention to the groupings at tournaments, but Kuchar is with Dufner and Haas for the first two days while Cink has Colsaerts in his group. It can certainly help them play better if any of their partners are shooting well though.
Par 3 Contest
The Par 3 contest is today at 3 PM on ESPN and should be a nice event to watch if you get the chance. The course is in fantastic condition this year so there’s a very good chance that some tee shots fall in the hole. Most golfers have family members or friends as their caddies and today McIlroy will have his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, caddying for him. It should be an enjoyable event so try and check it out later today.
The Masters is finally here and this year is shaping up to be an exciting tournament. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are playing lights out and will certainly get the majority of the media hype. This week we will avoid the favorites, however, and focus on Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, and Larry Mize’s chances of winning the most enjoyable major of the year.
Stewart Cink is heading into the Masters on a hot streak with Top 15 finishes in two of his last three tournaments. He is about average in driving distance and putting on the PGA Tour this year, but he has made up for this by consistently hitting greens and playing conservatively. In the Shell Houston Open, Cink played conservative golf and scored birdies when the chances presented themselves. If he can stay patient this week, he should post some very nice rounds.
Matt Kuchar has cooled down since his hot start to the season, but is still playing good golf. He’s currently third in the FedEx Cup Standings so he has had an excellent season to date. So far he has done a great job around the greens by making his putts and converting on shots out of bunkers. If he can hit the ball well off the tee this week, then he should have a nice final score on Sunday.
Larry Mize will make another Masters appearance since he won it in 1987. He’s only made three cuts since 2000, which means he probably won’t be relevant over the weekend. You have to admire his persistency and love for the game though. He is from Augusta and should continue to play as long as he is physically able to.
Both Cink and Kuchar have demonstrated the ability to put together complete tournaments this year and seem to be playing quite well. They will have a hard time keeping up with Woods and McIlroy, however, since both golfers have gone very posted low scores in recent tournaments. Kuchar has a better chance of pulling out the win, but he’s going to have to play much better than he did last week in the Valero Texas Open. Hopefully the rust has worn off for him after not playing for three weeks because this will be an extremely tough field this year.