Posted: 9:15 pm Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Kuchar leads Tech contingent at British Open 

By Ken Sugiura

Six former Georgia Tech golfers will compete for the British Open Championship beginning Thursday. It’s a record total for the program.

Former Yellow Jackets in the field at Royal Liverpool Golf Club:

Roberto Castro is playing in his first Open. He made it into the field by finishing last season in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings.

Stewart Cink is playing in his 17th Open. Cink, the 2009 champion, is in by virtue of an exemption granted to all past winners 60 or under.

David Duval, playing in his 18th Open. Duval, the 2001 champion, is also in through the past champions exemption.

Chesson Hadley is also playing in his first Open. He was exempted by being in the top 80 in the official world golf rankings at the end of June.

Matt Kuchar is in his 10th Open. The world’s No. 5 player qualified via a number of exemptions, including his 2012 win at the Players Championship.

Cameron Tringale is the third former Tech player in his first Open. He took one of the last available spots, taking one of the four qualifier spots available at the Greenbrier Classic, where he tied for fifth.

Tee times (EDT):

Duval, 1:25 a.m.

Tringale, 1:36 a.m.

Cink, 3:15 a.m.

Kuchar, 4:48 a.m.

Castro, 6:37 a.m.

Hadley, 10:22 a.m.

Coverage begins on ESPN at 4 a.m. Real-time results available here.

11 comments
juvenal
juvenal

Tech-nically, would not former champs be considered to lead? 

CrazyRobert
CrazyRobert

I'm a Duval fan too.  I remember when he started to go downhill.  Can't remember the year but on a Sunday at the Masters David was a couple of groups ahead of Tiger, and had the lead by a stroke.  I always parked myself on the 14th fairway,  about 300 yds out; concessions, bathroom and Amen Corner all within a stones throw.  David tee'd off of 13 and was forced to wait about 5 minutes because Calcavecchia, in the group ahead, hit his second into the creek.  That slowed down play.

While David was having to stand around, wait and think, Tiger was coming down 11 and his 2nd shot landed just a few feet from the hole.  When that happened the crowd in the stands blew up in cheers, you could feel it all the way to where David was waiting.

After that, David struggled in and Tiger won.  I don't think David has played well since.  Sure would like to see him get back his A game!!!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

David Duval playing?  Great!  

I followed him around several tournaments when he was in his prime in the 90's.  He absolutely had a fantastic golf game.  He is a testimony of why golfers shouldn't lift weights and alter their physiques when their games are good.  His game seemed to change when he lost a lot of weight and got more muscular.

I'd love to see him make a strong showing at The British.  I admire his persistence and determination.

GT1971
GT1971

That is a nice tribute to our storied golf program!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@CrazyRobert  Not sure about that one Robert......however, I remember 2000 when Duvall & Singh were essentially in a match-play for the Green Jacket.

Even thru Amen Corner.....then Duvall gets wet on 13 & 15. :(

Choked it away........The Service staff @ Aug National gave Singh a standing ovation!!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@Birmingham__Jacket  Do you admire his notorious filthy attitude?

Well known on the Links he's probably the biggest jerk on tour.

Players loved watching his slide. You never hear 1 single player on tour openly root for Duvall.

Wonder why?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BigCrimson75 @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @Birmingham__Jacket

This may appear multiple times, but it didn't post the first two times I tried......You also said a few months ago that Cink is a jerk, and that could not be further from the truth.  Your OPINION really carries no weight at all.  And so what if Duval IS a jerk?  It's not like he would be the first or only one on the tour.