Georgia Tech has a rich golf history and six golfers will be looking to add to that history in The Open Championship starting on July 17th. The event will take place at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England with Phil Mickelson looking to defend his 2013 crown.
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The participants that attended Georgia Tech is a nice mix of veterans and new blood. David Duval, who took The Open Championship in 2001 and Stewart Cink who won in 2009 are the elder statesmen of the group. Duval will be competing in his 18th Open Championship and Stewart Cink will be teeing off in his 17th Open Championship appearance. Matt Kuchar will be making his 10th appearance in the open championship and is currently ranked No.5 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The new Yellow Jacket blood that will be making their first appearances in The Open Championship this year are Roberto Castro, Chesson Hadley, and Cameron Tringale.
Roberto Castro made the Open Championship field by finishing the 2013 season in the Top 30 for the Fed Ex Cup. Chesson Hadley qualified for his appearance at Royal Lake Golf Club by being in the top 80 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) at the end of June. As for Cameron Tringale, he played his way in by finishing in a tie for fifth place at the Greenbriar Classic thus grabbing one of the four spots available for this event.
Caption: Sep 2, 2013; Norton, MA, USA; Roberto Castro smiles while waiting to tee off on the 4th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Besides David Duval winning this event at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s in Southport England, and Stewart Cink winning at Turnberry in Ayshire Scotland, the only other Georgia Tech alum to bring The Open Championship back with him to the States is golf legend Bobby Jones. In fact, Jones won The Open Championship in 1926 at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s, 1927 at St.Andrew in St. Andrew’s Scotland, and 1930 at this years venue, Royal Liverpool golf Club.
That could actually be a good omen for one of these golfers seeing that Jones and Duval both won at Royal Lytham. That could mean that another Yellow Jackets’ golfer is poised to breakthrough at another course that Jones won at.
For your amusement only, the odds on one of these Yellow Jackets winning The Open Championship are as follows:
David Duval – +100,000
Roberto Castro – + 50,000
Stewart Cink – +20,000
Matt Kuchar – + 3,500
Cameron Tringale – N/A
Chesson Hadley – N/A
Odds from Sportsbook.com
The tee times for each of these golfers are as follows:
Thurday Tee Times are all EST
Group 1 (6:25 a.m.) – David Duval with David Howell (ENG) and Robert Karlsson (SWE)
Group 2 (6:36 a.m.) – Cameron Tringale with Dawie Van Der Walt (RSA) and Masanori Kobayashi (JPN)
Group 11 (8:15 a.m.) – Stewart Cink with Thomas Bjorn (DEN) and Patrick Reed (USA)
Group 19 (9:48 a.m.) – Matt Kuchar with Graeme McDowell (NIR) and Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)
Group 28 (11:37 a.m.) – Roberto Castro with Victor Riu (FRA) and Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)
Group 48 (3:22 p.m.) – Chesson Hadley with Oliver Fisher (ENG) and Shane Lowry (IRE)
Tee Times care of Ramblinwreck.com
If you don’t watch golf any other time of the year, you have to watch when the majors are played. The Open Championship is easily the most historic and interesting golf events on the PGA calendar. This is must see TV. Coverage will start 4AM EST Thursday on ESPN with live streaming on WatchESPN.
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