The starting field of 64 players at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship consisted of 30 former NCAA golfers and current Rivals-Cuppers.
At first glance it looks like a case of the rich getting richer when you look at the Web.Com Tour’s first 25. With both Georgia (currently ranked #2 on the PGA Tour) and Oklahoma State (currently #3) each adding two new roster spots that might very well be the case. Both the SEC and the PAC 12 had four formers earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2013-2014 season, while the ACC sends three formers.
Rookie Kevin Tway from Oklahoma State rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Spencer Levin and win the Albertsons Boise Open. By doing so, he earned his first career win in his 17th career start on the Web.com Tour, which was his 11th of 2013. It was the 2nd win of the Web.com Tour season for a former Oklahoma State golf team member. Former Cowboy Edward Loar won earlier in the season at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Kevin collected a check for $139,500 and moved from No. 39 to No. 6 on the money list. The earnings were enough to move Oklahoma State to within striking distance of #2 Georgia in this week’s rankings, but not enough to catch them. Both the Cowboys and the Bulldogs still trail Pepperdine by a pretty substantial margin.
Oklahoma State leads all Rivals Cup entries in the 113th US Open this week at Merion Golf Club outside of Philadelphia.
Week 2 of the 2012 PGA Tour Playoff season is set to kick off this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston and the Rivals Cup is heating up.
The field is set for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah’s Ocean Course and that’s about all we know. This thing could play out in any number of ways and there’s just no way to predict what we’ll see on Sunday afternoon.
The third major of the professional golf season is about to begin at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire England. Former NCAA golfers have won the first two majors of the year and I like their odds to win a 3rd. The 2012 season on the PGA Tour has been dominated by former NCAA athletes, having won 26 of 30 official events to date.
I didn’t want to be the only one leading a story about this week’s John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour without a picture of Steve Stricker. Of course, it’s the obvious choice considering he is the three-time defending champion. Maybe his success can be credited to a home-field advantage, as this is one of only a hand-full of stops in Big Ten country.
Former University of Georgia Bulldogs are once again the most prevalent NCAA team presence on the PGA Tour this week at the Greenbrier Classic. It’s great that they have 8 former golf team members teeing it up this week, but maybe even better that the only NCAA team that ranks ahead of them in the Rivals Cup top 25 rankings (Oklahoma State) has on 2 entries this week.
Another week on the 2012 PGA Tour is in the books, and we’ve got another (albeit a repeat) winner who played college golf. While the jury is out on John Huh (he attended Cal State Northridge, but reportedly didn’t tee it up for them) that makes at least 24 of the 28 PGA Tour winners this season former NCAA golfers. That’s pretty impressive.