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By CHRIS DUNCAN
HOUSTON (AP) Ã¢â‚¬â€ Josh Teater is a die-hard Kentucky fan and John Rollins is the only VCU graduate on the PGA Tour. Both have tickets to Saturday’s Final Four games Ã¢â‚¬â€ Butler-VCU and Connecticut-Kentucky Ã¢â‚¬â€ at Reliant Stadium, about 25 miles from the course where the Houston Open is being played. Teater had a 65 Thursday and Rollins a 66. Leader Jimmy Walker shot a 63.
And both are hoping they have a tough decision to make on Monday Ã¢â‚¬â€ fly to Augusta to get ready for the Masters or stay in Houston an extra day to see their team play for a national championship.
“I don’t want to cross a bridge that I haven’t gotten to,” Teater said. “If it comes to that, I’ll probably stay for the game. But Monday night, it would be nice to be there, celebrating with everybody else.”
Teater wore a blue shirt and a white belt with a “UK” logo on his belt buckle during his round. He went to Morehead State in Kentucky, but grew up rooting for the Wildcats.
“I’ve been a fan since I could walk and talk,” Teater said. “It goes back as far as I go back.”
Rollins’ connection to VCU is more personal. The Richmond native is a longtime friend of Athletic Director Norwood Teague and has built a friendship with Rams coach Shaka Smart, who’s played in Rollins’ charity golf event the past two years.
Rollins has missed three cuts in his last five starts, and says he’s drawing inspiration from VCU’s surprising run.
“This could be exactly what I needed for my golf game,” Rollins said. “This could be something that I need to kind of get a little bit of a spark under me to get me going and just kind of maybe wake me up or whatever.”