July 15, 2014
PGATour.com – Former Georgia Tech men’s golf standout Cameron Tringale will be making his first-ever start at The Open Championship this week, held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
Tringale will be making his 26th start of the season this week, and has top-10 finishes at the Shell Houston Open (4th) and the Greenbrier Classic (T4). He ranks among the top 50 on Tour in FedEx Cup points.
He is one of six Georgia Tech alumni playing in The Open Championship, joining past champions Stewart Cink and David Duval and current world No. 5 Matt Kuchar as well as former Yellow Jacket teammates Roberto Castro and Chesson Hadley.
The 2009 Tech graduate and All-American, and 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference champion recently sat down to answer a few questions about the challenges of playing in golf’s oldest Major Championship.
Q: How excited are you to play in the British Open for the first time?
A: On a scale of 1-10, I’d say minimum 8.5. I’m very excited and looking forward to another major and my first Open Championship.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most?
A: I am looking forward to just trying out links golf for the first time. I am looking forward to getting creative with shots and using slopes and hitting unique shots around the greens.
Q: Have you done any research on Royal Liverpool? Thoughts on how it may suit your game?
A: I haven’t researched Royal Liverpool at all. All I know is that Tiger won and only hit one driver the last time they played at this venue.
Q: Any major concerns of playing links style golf?
A: No concerns, just curious to see what all of the excitement is about.
Q: Do you have childhood memories of watching the British Open? If so, what stands out?
A: Nothing in particular stands out, but watching Stewart Cink win back in 2009 was pretty cool.
Q: The 2009 British Open will go down as one of the most exciting in golf history. Be honest … were you wanting Yellow Jacket Stewart Cink or 59-year-old Tom Watson to win?
A: It was a win-win situation for me. It is always fun to see a friend in contention, but on the other hand, Tom Watson was on the verge of one the greatest sporting achievements of all times. It was one of the most thrilling tournaments I’ve ever watching.
Q: Coming off of a T4 at the Greenbrier Classic … talk about your year and if you feel like you’re playing some of your best golf?
A: I’ve been pleased with the year so far. It has been steady and good…. I’ve made a lot of cuts and given myself lots of chances to have some good finishes. The Greenbrier Classic was evidence of that. I just stuck around and then had a couple good rounds to close on the weekend.