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Roberto Castro |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170
College: Georgia Tech

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Roberto Castro capped off his third appearance at the Sanderson Farms Championship with a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 to post 16-under 272, good for a five-way tie for fourth and two back of champion Peter Malnati.
Castro led the tournament outright after 18 and 36 holes, respectively, but 3-over 75 in round three derailed his chances at his first TOUR title in his 103rd career start. On the bright side, he responded with a blemish-free effort in the finale, matching bogey-free loops in rounds one and two, to record his first top-five finish on TOUR since solo second at the 2013 AT&T National. The Tour grad began his final frame at 12-under (T8) and two adrift. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, concluding the week No. 1 in strokes gained: tee-to-green. However, after recording a positive number in strokes gained: putting in the opener, he wrapped with three straight in the negative and ranked 50th in the field in that category. The 30-year-old's previous best at the SFC was a T18 in the 2012 edition at Annandale GC. Nov 9 - 5:57 PM

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Overnight, (overnight) leader Roberto Castro bumbled his way to a 3-over-par 38-37=75 in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to settle in at 12-under 204, now T8 and two swings back of 54-hole leaders Patton Kizzire and David Toms.

Castro eventually settled into a a four-shot lead thru 36 holes after opening in a career-low 62 and chasing with 67 on Friday. Granted, it took a three-day span to determine his standing entering round three and the layoff, while beneficial to others, did not serve the transplanted Georgian well. Castro was 2-over thru his first 10 with bogeys at Nos. 3 and 4, before finally breaking the ice with birdie-4 at the 11th (from 6'11"), and went back-to-back with a 2'7" near kick-in at the par-4 12th. He had two other good scoring chances with a six-footer at the 10th and an eight-footer at the 16th, but missed both. Crucial, as the 30-year-old squared three bogeys over his last four holes. After leading the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green thru 36 holes, he stumbled to a -2.333 in that stat in round three, missing seven greens in regulation and going 2-for-7 in scrambles.
Nov 9 - 11:13 AM

Overnight leader Roberto Castro was sheltering a one-stroke lead in the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship when play was suspended for the day at 4:48 p.m. CT due to darkness.

Overnight, (overnight) leader Castro completed his second round on Friday at 4:35 p.m. CT. He didn't hit another shot until 3:01 p.m. on Sunday and entered the fray with a four-shot cushion at 15-under 129. At the time the horn sounded, his lead had been trimmed to one. After playing his first 36 holes blemish-free and leading the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green, the 30-year-old squared back-to-backs with bogey-4 at the fourth, on a second consecutive missed green, which chased a sloppy bogey-6 at the third following a failed sand save. Castro opened his third round hitting just one (of five) fairways and three (of six) greens in regulation and is birdie-less thru six holes. When play resumes on Monday, he'll be standing over a 28'6" putt for birdie at the par-3 seventh.
Nov 8 - 6:54 PM

Overnight leader Roberto Castro backed up his bogey-free 62 on Thursday at the Sanderson Farms Championship with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's second round to post 15-under 139 at the midpoint, good for a comfortable 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Castro spread out four par breakers in today's walk around the Country Club of Jackson, the most electrifying of which at the par-4 eighth hole. After finding the fairway off the tee on the short par 4, he landed his approach from 122 yards just past the flag and reeled it back into the hole for eagle. Overall, he's found 17 (of 28) fairways and 31 greens in regulation thus far. Not surprisingly then, at last check, he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with an aggregate 8.668. When Castro signed his card, he sat on a four-stroke margin over Bryce Molder.
Nov 6 - 5:50 PM

Roberto Castro blitzed the Country Club of Jackson for 10 birdies and a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62 in today's opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, establishing a two-stroke clubhouse lead.

Wow. He missed six (of 14) fairways but only one green in regulation en route to the new course record. Castro authored birdie streaks of one, two, three and four birdies in a row on separate occasions today. Incredulously, he parred two of the par 5s! Three of his birdies disappeared from outside 10 feet, the longest stretching 17 feet at the par-4 12th hole. When he signed his card, he ranked second in both strokes-gained stats. This is his lowest aggregate in 322 career rounds on the PGA TOUR. This week's SFC is his 103rd start.
Nov 5 - 5:18 PM

Roberto Castro readies for his third Sanderson Farms Championship and second consecutive at the Country Club of Jackson.

It's been a two-season slump for Castro since finishing 21st in the FedExCup standings in 2013, where he banked four straight top 25s in the Playoffs, culminated by a T9 at the TOUR Championship in his adopted hometown. Last season, he finished 188th in FEC points on 11 made cuts on 16 starts with a lone top 25 coming at the opposite-field Barbasol Championship (T23) in nearby Alabama, missing the Playoffs for a second consecutive season. The 30-year-old went the Tour Finals' route and went nuts, posting T44-T9-T2-T10, good for 10th in the priority rankings. The mojo hasn't carried over however, posting T69-T43 to open his fifth TOUR season. Castro went T58 in last year's inaugural at the CC of Jackson.
Nov 3 - 6:12 PM

Roberto Castro crafted a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and leads by two over a trio of players at 7-under 206 with 18 holes to play.

Castro's lap around the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club featured four birdies and just one bogey. The irons were the key to his success, as he landed an impressive 16 GIR. He entered the week ranked 11th on the Tour Finals money list, and is projected to move to second with a victory on Sunday. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he won't lock up his 2015-16 PGA TOUR card in the finale.
Sep 26 - 5:48 PM

Roberto Castro totaled a bogey-free 12 points in today's second round of the Barracuda Championship.

Buried in the conditional status category, this might be Castro's last start before the Tour Finals. Of course a top 10 in Reno would trigger an exemption into the Wyndham Championship in two weeks, but he still has a long way to go to secure that. Still, flawless golf sparks thoughts of achieving the next objective. Castro went 4-for-4 in scrambling at Montrêux Golf and Country Club today and circled six birdies, four of which from at least 10 feet. His longest by far measured 34'3" at the par-4 14th hole. With 20 points at the break, he's only four off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Aug 7 - 4:18 PM

Roberto Castro spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open for a 54-hole tally of 8-under 208.

Castro cracked the field this week via runner-up honors in Monday's open qualifier at nearby Heron Point Golf Links. After opening in 69-72, Castro began the day at 3-under (T56) and 11 shots back. Eight pars on his outward half were interrupted by a lone birdie at the par-5 second (from 16 inches) to turn 1-under. Following the break, the 30-year-old added par breakers at Nos. 11, 13, 16 and 18, including a long of 7'3" at the par-4 11th. Castro birdied all four of the par 5s at Glen Abbey with each conversion coming from four feet or less. Making his 14th start of the season, he entered the week 187th in the FedExCup standings with a season-best T23 at last week's Barbasol Championship. With play still in progress, Castro sits T15 on the live leaderboard, up 41 spots on the day.
Jul 25 - 1:54 PM

With a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 at Heron Point Golf Links in Alberton, Ontario, Canada, in today's open qualifier for the RBC Canadian Open, Roberto Castro shared runner-up honors for a berth into the tournament proper.

Castro buried six birdies to secure his 14th start of the season. He's 187th in the FedExCup standings with only one top 25, but that occurred yesterday at the Barbasol Championship. Former PGA TOUR member David Mathis equaled Castro's aggregate today with a 6-under 32-33=65. Mathis converted an eagle-2 and five birdies to absorb a walk-off bogey at the par-4 18th. He'll be making his first TOUR appearance since the 2013 season after which he lost his card. Justin Shin was the medalist with a 7-under 35-29=64. The native of South Korea plays under the flag of Canada. He's fourth on the Order of Merit on PGA TOUR China. Josh Teater rounded off the four-spotters at Heron Point with a 5-under 31-35=66. He survived a playoff with Eric Hawerchuk (35-31=66). The field at Glen Abbey is now complete at 156.
Jul 20 - 5:30 PM

The third round of the John Deere Classic was suspended at 11:29 a.m. CT due to inclement weather and the players are being brought in. UPDATE: The third round resumed at 1:20 p.m.

For the second time today, inclement weather has forced a suspension of play in Silvis, Illinois. The first stoppage came at 8:54 a.m. due to lightning in the area. After a 57-minute delay, play resumed at 9:51 a.m. None of the 73 players who made the 36-hole cut have completed their third rounds, with 28 yet to begin. Of those that have gotten started, Roberto Castro is making some noise early, opening birdie-eagle-birdie-par, 4-under-par thru four holes and 9-under total, up 35 places on the live leaderboard to T7. When play resumes, the 30-year-old will be hitting his second shot from the fairway on the par-4 fifth. Overnight leader Justin Thomas (12-under) was originally scheduled off with Johnson Wagner at 1:30 p.m.
Jul 11 - 1:15 PM

Roberto Castro has gained entry into this week's Travelers Championship.

Castro was the third alternate when the field was released. He wiggled in following four withdrawals. He's saddled with conditional status. It's limited him to 10 starts in which he's cashed six times, none for a top 25. As a result, Castro is 194th in the FedExCup standings. He's 2-for-2 on the Tour this season but a mere 154th on the money list. At this point, aside from an out-of-nowhere performance, his sights should be set on finishing inside the top 200 in FedExCup points and chase down a card for next season in the Tour Finals. No doubt that this is his primary goal right now.
Jun 22 - 12:47 PM

Robert Castro completed today's 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Georgia, in bogey-free, 12-under-par 64-68=132, good for the third and final berth into next week's major.

Finally, a bit of good news for the struggling 29-year-old. He circled 12 birdies today. He's hoping that the third trip is the charm given he missed the cut in 2012 and 2014. Matt NeSmith cruised to medalist honors at 17-under 63-64=127. He recently won the SEC Championship. Today, the South Carolina Gamecock connected for one eagle and 17 birdies against just two bogeys. Lee McCoy of the University of Georgia and No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking took runner-up honors at bogey-free, 13-under 65-66=131 with 13 birdies. Notables that failed to qualify include: 134--Ryuji Imada ... 140--David Branshaw.
Jun 8 - 7:14 PM

The restart of the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship has been pushed back three hours to 11:00 a.m. CT. UPDATE: Play resumed at 10:58 a.m.

With more rain overnight falling on an already saturated TPC Four Seasons, this delay is necessary. Flooding has been occurring throughout the Dallas Metroplex, so that they were even playing golf at all on Friday is a testament to the grounds crew. When play resumes, Roberto Castro will have one hole to complete. He'll be returning to the par-4 ninth. He's even on his round and 1-under for the tournament. The cut line is likely going to fall at 1-under 138, so he knows exactly what he needs to score. He needs the payday, too. The 29-year-old sits 208th in the FedExCup standings. Castro is one of 33 who were unable to finish the second round due to darkness. The start of play was delayed three hours in the morning.
May 30 - 9:03 AM

Roberto Castro is scheduled to tee it up in this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

He was the fifth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he gained entry when Alex Cejka withdrew today. Castro has been unable to grind out success from the conditional status category this season. He's cashed four times in seven starts but none went for a top 25. He's also 2-for-2 on the Tour but sits 136th on its money list. In his only previous appearance at TPC Four Seasons, he placed T29 in 2012.
May 25 - 1:31 PM