Masters Field 2016: Colleges With The Most Golfers At Augusta

    Taking a look at the Masters field for 2016, and which colleges boast the most golfers. Not coincidentally, the top program is not more than 100 miles away from Augusta.

    April 6, 2016

    Taking a look at the Masters field for 2016, and which colleges boast the most golfers.


    As Georgia fans gear up for head coach Kirby Smart’s debut in the annual G-Day spring game on April 16 in Athens, they might want to pay attention to what is happening 100 miles to the southeast with the Masters field down in Augusta this weekend.

    Five former Georgia golfers, led by two-time green jacket winner Bubba Watson, will be in the Masters field when tournament play starts on Thursday. Watson, who last won the tournament in 2014, will be joined by Bulldog alumni Harris English, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, and Patrick Reed in the first major of the season. Both Kirk and Kisner were members of the 2005 Georgia team that brought home the 2005 NCAA national championship.

    Two former members of powerhouse Oklahoma State, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, will be looking for their first major victories. The Cowboys have won 10 team national championships, most recently in 2006, trailing only Houston (16) in titles.

    UNLV will be well represented by three golfers, as former Rebels Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore, and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott will take part in the 80th edition of the tournament. The Rebels’ lone NCAA championship came in 1998.

    Phil Mickelson, who won three individual NCAA championships and helped lead Arizona State to the 1990 NCAA championship, is looking to add his fourth Masters victory to a Hall of Fame resume. Paul Casey will join Mickelson as the a fellow former Sun Devil in the Masters field.

    Reigning champion Jordan Spieth will be the only player throwing up the “Hook ‘Em” sign as the lone representative from Texas. He will look to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods (Stanford) in 2001-02.

    Current college players Derek Bard and Bryson DeChambeau will represent Virginia and Southern Methodist, respectively, while 18-year-old Jin Cheng, who will attend USC and play for the Trojans starting this fall, will make his Augusta debut.

    Two of the game’s greatest, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, will get the tournament started with their honorary tee shots on Thursday. Palmer attended Wake Forest before dropping out to enlist in the United States Coast Guard, while Nicklaus, who holds the record for most majors with 18, including six Masters, attended Ohio State and won the 1961 NCAA Championship as an individual representing the Buckeyes.

    Following is a complete list of colleges represented in the 2016 Masters field.


    Georgia (5) –
     Harris English, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson

    UNLV (3) –
      Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore, Adam Scott

    Arizona State (2) –
     Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson

    Florida State 
    (2)  Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka
    Georgia Tech (2) – Matt Kuchar, Larry Mize
    Oklahoma State (2)  Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan
    Wake Forest (2)  Bill Haas, Webb Simpson
    Alabama (1) – Justin Thomas
    Alabama-Birmingham (1) Graeme McDowell
    Arizona (1) Jim Furyk
    Arkansas (1) David Lingmerth
    Auburn (1)  – Jason Dufner
    Augusta State (1) – Vaughn Taylor
    Baylor (1) Jimmy Walker
    Boise State (1) Troy Merritt
    BYU (1) Mike Weir
    California (1) An Beyong-Hun
    Cincinnati (1)  Jim Herman
    Coastal Carolina (1)  Dustin Johnson
    Drake (1)  Zach Johnson
    Duke (1)  Kevin Streelman
    Florida (1)  Billy Horschel
    Jacksonville (1)  Russell Knox
    Jacksonville State (1)  Danny Willett
    Kansas State (1)  Robert Streb
    Kentucky (1)  J.B. Holmes
    Long Beach State (1)  Mark O’Meara
    LSU (1)  Smylie Kaufman
    Minnesota (1)  Sammy Schmitz
    North Carolina (1)  Davis Love III
    Northwestern (1)  Matthew Fitzpatrick
    St. John’s (1)  Keegan Bradley
    San Diego State (1)  Scott Piercy
    SMU (1)  Bryson DeChambeau
    Stanford (1)  Tom Watson
    Texas (1)  Jordan Spieth
    USC (1)  Jin Cheng
    Vanderbilt (1)  Brandt Snedeker
    Virginia (1)  Derek Bard

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