Illinois in elite golf company
Illinois has more than its share of golfers on the PGA Tour this season, with four competing on a regular basis. Here are five schools that continue to fill the tournament fields each week:
Alums on Tour: Brian Gay, Billy Horschel, Matt Every, Mark Calcavecchia.
Comment: The oldest (Calcavecchia) won the 1992 British Open. Gay currently stands second on the FedEx Cup list.
Alums on Tour: Phil Mickelson, Matt Jones, Pat Perez, Billy Mayfair.
Comment: Hall of Famer Mickelson has enough Tour victories (41) for the entire school, including four majors. He entered the weekend third in the FedEx Cup standings.
Alums on Tour: Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Bubba Watson, Erik Compton, Harris English.
Comment: Henley won in his PGA debut in Hawaii, and Watson is the defending Masters champion. English is considered a rising star.
Alums on Tour: Matt Kuchar, Nicholas Thompson, Bryce Molder, Cameron Tringale, Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Troy Matteson
Comment: The ex-Yellow Jackets are cashing checks every week. None more than Kuchar, who is contending again in Los Angeles.
Alums on Tour: Charles Howell III, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Michael Bradley, Bo Van Pelt, Scott Verplank
Comment: Fowler is projected as one of the next greats in the game. Howell III already has three Top 10 finishes this season.