Posted: 9:55 pm Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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)
Castro and Mize are not on their board.
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.