Clemson University

Locals to compete in Masters

The Masters will have two local familiar faces dotting the sea of PGA mainstays.

Former Clemson All-Americans Jonathan Byrd and D.J. Trahan are in the field for the Masters, which begins on Thursday. Teammates on the Tigers' 2000 squad, each qualified by winning events last year.

Byrd won the John Deere Classic in July and Trahan won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January. The two are extending a run of a former Tiger playing in the Masters in seven of the past eight years.

Byrd will compete in his third Masters. He finished eighth in 2003, his first, the highest finish by any former Tiger in a major. The former four-time All-ACC first-teamer has won over $530,000 so far this season.

Trahan played in the Masters in 2001 as an amateur but this will be his first as a pro. He ranks 17th on the PGA money list with over $1.07 million earned already this year.

• STILL ON THE LINKS: South Carolina's and Clemson's golf teams competed at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational over the weekend. The Gamecocks finished fourth while the Tigers were eighth.

USC moved up six positions in the final round to claim its fourth straight top-four finish. Senior Mark Anderson led the way with a two-round 140, his third top-10 finish of the spring.

Junior Mark Silvers picked up his first top-10 finish of the season with a 142, cutting 10 strokes off his first round with a final 66.

The Tigers shaved 14 strokes off their first-round total but still finished eighth. Kyle Stanley shot a one-under final 71 to finish tied for 10th.

Each of the teams is idle until April 18, when they begin play in their respective conference championships.