SC— Current Clemson golfer Corbin Mills and former Tiger All-Americans Jonathan
Byrd, Lucas Glover and Kyle Stanley will all begin play in the 2012 Masters on
Thursday. With four former or current players in the field, Clemson
trails only Oklahoma State, who has five former players participating.
State's five players are Rickie Fowler, Charles Howell, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van
Pelt and Scott Verplank. Arizona State and Georgia Tech rank tied for third
with three apiece, while Stanford, Wake Forest, Georgia, Arizona, Texas,
Houston and UCLA all have two former or current players in the Masters field.
ACC has the most former players among conferences with 12 followed by the Pac
10 with 11, the Big 12 with 10 and the SEC with five. Six different ACC schools have at least one
current or former player in this year's Masters.
junior on the Clemson team this year, qualified for the Masters by winning the
2011 United States Public Links Championship in Oregon. He also won the Players
Amateur the next week and will play in the Heritage at Hilton Head the
Mills is ranked 22nd in the nation among college players according to the
Sagarin college rankings, best among current Tigers, and is 12th in the World
Amateur rankings by Golfweek, fifth among United States players. (rankings as
of March 25). He has a 71.10 stroke average for seven events
and has 11 under-par rounds, first on the team. He won the Jerry Pate
Intercollegiate in the fall and is coming off a final round 65 at the Furman
Invitational where he finished third.
Mills is the
fourth Clemson golfer to play in the Masters as an active college golfer. Chris
Patton is the only one of the previous three to make the cut. The Clemson Hall
of Famer finished 39th with a 296 score at the 1990 Masters the April after he
won the United States Amateur. D.J. Trahan did not make the cut at the 2001
Masters after winning the 2000 United States Public Links the summer before.
Ben Martin did not make the cut at the 2010 Masters after finishing second at
the 2009 US Amateur.
qualified for the Masters by finishing in the top 30 on the PGA Tour money list
lasts year. He will be playing in his fifth Masters. A Clemson Ring of
honor inductee this past fall, Byrd finished eighth at the 2003 Masters with a
288 score, the best finish by a former Clemson golfer at the Masters. Byrd
has won five career PGA Tour events, more than any other former Tiger.
qualified for this Masters by winning the 2009 US Open. He is in the third year
of a five-year exemption into the Master from that US Open victory. He has made
the cut in two of his four previous Masters appearances, including a 20th place
finish in 2007.
has been Clemson's best player in Majors overall. His victory at the US Open in
2009 is the only Major win by a former Tiger, his 12th place finish at the
British Open last July is the best finish by a former Tiger in that event, and
his fifth-place finish at the 2009 PGA is the best by a former Tiger at that
major. His 20th place in the Masters is in 2007 is the third best. He is the only
former Clemson golfer to make the cut in all four Majors.
qualified for the Masters by winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in
February. He is ranked fifth in the FedEx Cup standings and fifth on the
money list with nearly $2 million entering the Masters. He has
made seven of nine cuts this year and is 12th in greens in
regulation, sixth in driving distance.
Stanley, an All-American at Clemson from 2006-08, will be playing in his
first Masters, but he has played in three Majors, including the 2011 British
Open when he finished 44th.
Stanley are two of the top eight youngest players in the field. Mills, who was
born on April 30, 1990, is one of four players 21 or younger. The others are
Patrick Cantley, Ryo Ishikawa and Bryden MacPherson. Stanley, who was
born November 19, 1987, is just 24 and the eighth youngest player in the field.
All four of Clemson's players in the field are 34 or younger.
2012 Masters Field by United
Rk School (No) Players
1. Oklahoma State (5), Rickie Fowler, Charles Howell, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt
2. Clemson (4) Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover, Corbin Mills (A), Kyle Stanley
3. Arizona State (3) Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson, Chez Reavie
Tech (3) Stuart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Larry Mize
5. UCLA (2) Patrick Cantley, Kevin Chappell
Houston (2) Fred Couples, Anders Hansen
Texas (2) Ben Crenshaw, Harrison Frazer
Arizona (2) Jim Furyk, Rory Sabbatini
Forest (2) Bill Haas, Webb Simpson
Georgia (2) Bryden Macpherson, Bubba Watson
Stanford (2) Tom Watson, Tiger Woods
12. Auburn (1) Jason Dufner
BYU (1) Mike Weir
Riverside (1) Brendon Steele
Carolina (1) Dustin Johnson
State (1) Martin Laird
Drake (1) Zach Johnson
State (1) Nick Watney
Illinois (1) Steve Stricker
Kansas (1) Gary Woodland
Beach State (1) Mark O'Meara
LSU (1) David Toms
Carolina (1) Mark Wilson
State (1) Tim Clark
Northwestern (1) Luke
Oregon (1) Ben Crane
John's (1) Keegan Bradley
Cal (1) Craig Stadler
SMU (1) Kelly Kraft (A)
A&M (1) Ryan Palmer
Tech (1) Scott Stallings
UAB (1) Graeme McDowell
UNLV (1) Adam Scott
Vanderbilt (1) Brent Snedeker
Tech (1) Johnson Wagner