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24 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni on 2016 Masters Tournament Invitee List

AUGUSTA, Ga.  – Jordan Spieth, who played in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in 2011 and won the 2015 Masters, leads a group of 24 players that are participating in the 2016 Masters.

Spieth is one of four alumni participants to have worn the green jacket as a Masters Champion.  Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and O’Meara have also won the tournament and Woods is the only to have multiple crowns with wins in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005.

In an article posted on masters.com, Spieth said, “It’s a different feeling on the grounds having won the Tournament.”

The most recent alum on the list of invitees is Bryson DeChambeau, who is playing in the Masters as an amateur.  DeChambeau played in the 2014 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic and is one of only four amateurs in the field for the Masters this year.

Golf Central Live said of DeChambeau in a press release sent out on April 4, 2016: “2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau – making his Masters debut this week – has proven himself capable of handling pressure situations even as an amateur. While it’s clear that a physics degree from Southern Methodist University sets DeChambeau apart and helps him to assess his strengths and weaknesses in greater statistical and scientific detail than his contemporaries, Notah Begay helps illustrate how DeChambeau is just as much an artist as he is scientist.”

Other notable alumni who have played in El Paso the past 10 years include Rickie Folwer (2008), Harris English (2009, 2010), Billy Horschel (2006, 2007, 2008), Dustin Johnson (2006), Chris Kirk (2006), Russell Knox (2006), David Lingmerth (2009), Webb Simpson (2007) and Justin Thomas (2012).

The Masters is strictly an invitation Tournament.

2016 Masters Tournament Invitees/Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni

Participant                                     School                                                      Year(s) in SBWRCAAGC

Paul Casey                                      Arizona State                                        1998

Bryson DeChambeau                Southern Methodist                           2014

Jason Dufner                                 Auburn                                                    1997

Harris English                               Georgia                                                    2009, 2010

Rickie Fowler                               Oklahoma State                                   2008

Jim Furyk                                       Arizona                                                    1990

Bill Haas                                          Wake Forest                                          2001

J.B. Holmes                                    Kentucky                                                2002

Billy Horschel                               Florida                                                     2006, 2007, 2008

Dustin Johnson                            Coastal Carolina                                   2005, 2006

Chris Kirk                                       Georgia                                                    2005, 2006

Kevin Kisner                                  Georgia                                                    2004

Russell Knox                                  Jacksonville                                           2006

Matt Kuchar                                  Georgia Tech                                         1999

David Lingmerth                         Arkansas                                                 2009

Davis Love III                               North Carolina                                     1983, 1984

Graeme McDowell                     UAB                                                           2001

Phil Mickelson                             Arizona State                                        1989

Ryan Moore                                   UNLV                                                        2002, 2003

Mark O’Meara                               Long Beach State                                 1976

Webb Simpson                             Wake Forest                                          2005, 2007

Brandt Snedeker                         Vanderbilt                                              2002

Jordan Spieth                                Texas                                                        2011

Justin Thomas                              Alabama                                                  2012

Past Masters Champions not playing in 2016:

Craig Stadler                                  USC                                                            1974

Tiger Woods                                 Stanford                                                  1995

Additional Player/SBWRCAAGC Alumni Notes

  • Tiger Woods has made 11 top-5 finishes
  • Dustin Johnson hit four eagles during the 2009 tournament; most for anyone in a Masters
  • Jordan Spieth made 28 birdies during the 2015 Masters; holds the record for most in a Masters
  • Mark O’Meara birdied the No. 17 and the No. 18 in 1998 to win the Masters
  • Craig Stadler, who has played in 118 rounds at the Masters, is averaging 73.94 strokes per round
  • Jim Furyk, has played in 70 rounds heading into the 2016 Masters and averages 72.33 stokes per round there

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