Stat Line of the Night — 5/9/2013 — Roberto Castro
The $9.5 million prize fund at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is the richest of any tournament in pro golf. Moreover, the winner is awarded more points toward the world golf rankings than any tournament outside the majors; a five-year membership in the PGA; three-year invitations to the Masters, British Open, and U.S. Open; and a one-time invitation to the PGA Championship.
So in short, this tournament is a big deal. And that makes what 27-year-old Roberto Castro did there on Thursday pretty special. The Houston-native shot seven birdies, one eagle, and zero bogies for a 9-under 63, tying the course record at TPC Sawgrass set by some guys named Fred Couples and Greg Norman. And if he hadn’t just missed a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth, he would be all alone at the top.
Not bad for a guy who’s playing in the PGA Tour for just the second year, huh? Casto was an All-American golfer at Georgia Tech, but after graduating in 2007 he toiled for several years on the eGolf and Nationwide (now Web.com) tours before finally getting his shot at the big time in 2011. Now he’s heading into day two of the Players Championship at the top of the leaderboard, three strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and four ahead of Tiger Woods, and that earns Castro our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, May 9, 2013.