Posted: 9:55 pm Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Tech’s Masters foursome tied for most with UGA 

By Ken Sugiura

Four Georgia Tech grads – Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar and Larry Mize – will tee off Thursday at the Masters. The foursome is tied with rival Georgia for the largest contingent from any college. Bubba Watson, Harris English, Chris Kirk and Russell Henley are the former Bulldogs in the field.

Castro will be making his first appearance, having earned his way in by qualifying for the Tour Championship last season. Cink is exempt due to his 2009 British Open championship. (This is the final year that Cink will earn a Masters invitation based on his British Open win.)

Kuchar earned his invitation five different ways, including his Players Championship from 2012. Mize is playing in his 31st Masters, having earned his spot as a past champion. For what it’s worth, he is attracting the most betting action of any player in the field at the LVH SuperBook.

Kuchar clearly has the strongest chance to perform well of the four. Kuchar lost in a playoff last week at the Shell Houston Open and had another top-1o finish the prior week. He has also finished in the top 10 in each of the past two years at Augusta.

The tournament, of course, was founded by Tech grad Bobby Jones. Dan Yates, a Tech grad, is an Augusta member and the only person who has seen every Masters tournament.

Odds (set by Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s sportsbook)

Kuchar 12-1 (tied with Jason Day and Phil Mickelson behind only Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott at 10-1)

Cink 200-1

Castro and Mize are not on their board.

Results
Kuchar is 15th in FedEx Cup standings and has six top-10 finishes in nine starts this season.

Castro is 130th. He has made six cuts in 10 starts with three top-25 finishes.

Cink is 126th. He has made eight cuts in 11 starts.

Mize has played in four Champions tour events this season. He last made the Masters weekend cut in 2009, which was his 28th consecutive made cut at Augusta.

Thursday start times

Cink, 7:45 a.m.

Castro, 9:02 a.m.

Mize, 11:14 a.m.

Kuchar, 12:30 p.m.

13 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Cink birdies the 1st.

BuzzBelle
BuzzBelle

Go Jackets!

I will brag just a little - my daughter was accepted at Ga. Tech.  Yea, I'm proud!

odellgtpt
odellgtpt

Thanks for reporting this Ken. I was beginning to think the Tech golfer were being overlooked. Of course , the Dawg golfers are the only ones anybody cares about anyway ( sarcasm intended ). Let the trolling begin........

tennDAWG
tennDAWG

The Governors Cup is on !!!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

And Patrick Reed, after one year in Athens, transferred to and played for what was then known as Augusta State University when they won the NCAA championship in 2010 and 2011.  So no, he cannot be considered a tie-breaker of Tech and Georgia golfers.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Go Kuch !!!

Cameron Tringale almost made it too; would have been his first Masters, if he had.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Maybe Patrick Reed can be the tie-breaker... He was a Dawg before he wasn't. And I'm sure Larry Mize is going to lite it up this weekend. Actually, that is a pretty good stat for UGA and G.T..

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@odellgtpt  If you live in Augusta, you would know that of all the golfers mentioned, Larry Mize is probably the one most people here care about.  His masters win is one of the most improbable and iconic wins in Masters history.  (It doesn't hurt that he's an Augusta native as well.....)

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

What???!!!!! Are you saying both Tech fans and UGA fans can feel proud at the same time? Say it ain't so!

Kumbaya!