Four Golfers Represent Tide At Travelers

The eighth edition of the Travelers Championship was underway Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell (Conn.) with Alabama representation. Tide veterans Bud Cauley (2011), Dicky Pride (1992), and Michael Thompson (2008) are joined in the tournament field of 156 by newcomer Bobby Wyatt, who just completed his Bama career with back-to-back national championships.

Dicky Pride, the elder statesman of the quartet of former University of Alabama golfers, is making his 14th appearance in the tournament. He has averaged 71.06 per round, making the cut in six of those 13 years. His best finish was in 1996, tying for third with an overall score of 275. Currently ranked 218th in the FedEx Cup standings, the Tuscaloosa native shot a personal Travelers Championship low round of 67 in 1996, 2004 and 2013. A 35th place tie at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Pride's is the top finish on the PGA Tour this season for Pride.

Michael Thompson has been a part of the field on four occasions with a stroke per round average of 69.50. Prior to missing the cut the last two years, he achieved a fourth place finish in 2011 with an overall score of 262, The Birmingham based golfer shot a personal TC low round of 65 in 2008 and 2011. A 10th place tie at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is the most successful outing to date this season on the PGA Tour for the 89th rated player in the FedEx Cup standings.

Bud Cauley has the lowest stroke per round average compared to his other two colleagues with a 69.25 over three years. His inaugural finish in 2011 was his best, tying for 24th place with a 269 overall score. Cauley failed to make the cut in two other appearances. Ranked 157th in the FedEx Cup standings, he recorded a personal TC low round of 65 in 2011. A tie for 11th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was the season's pinnacle performance for the Daytona Beach, FL native.

Mobile native Bobby Wyatt had a senior year 70.85 scoring average per round. The two-time first team All-America shot a record setting 18-under par 192 at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championship tourney.

All four were set for tenth tee starts on Thursday with Cauley and Wyatt at 8:40 a.m. EDT and 8:50a.m. eastern. Pride and Thompson were to begin at Noon and 12:40 p.m. ET. Founded in 1952 as the Insurance City Open, the tournament can be viewed on television via the Golf Channel and CBS.

John Garcia Jr. contributed to this feature.


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