Arizona State, Texas headline NCAA men's regionals

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 4, 2015, 2:41 pm

The NCAA on Monday revealed on Golf Channel the teams and players selected in this year's Division I Men's Golf Championships.

A total of 81 teams and 45 other individuals will participate in six regional tournaments from May 14-16. The low five teams and low individual from each region will advcance to the finals at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., from May 29-June 3.

Top seeds in the regionals include Illinois, Florida State, Arizona State, Texas, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

The list of regional sites and participants for this year's championships appears below, with conference champions in brackets:

The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Indiana
Hosted by Ball State University

1. University of Illinois, Champaign [Big Ten Conference]
2. University of Oregon
3. University of California, Los Angeles
4. University of Alabama
5. Southern Methodist University
6. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
8. Georgia Southern University [Sun Belt Conference]
9. University of Colorado, Boulder
10. New Mexico State University [Western Athletic Conference]
11. East Carolina University
12. Marquette University [Big East Conference]
13. Alabama State University [Southwestern Athletic Conference]
14. University of Pennsylvania [The Ivy League]

1. Chris Selfridge, University of Toledo
2. Jose Montano, Xavier University
3. Evan Bowser, Oakland University
4. Jose Pablo Segurola, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
5. Johnny Watts, Ball State University

University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Hosted by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1. Florida State University
2. Stanford University [Pac-12 Conference]
3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
4. Kennesaw State University
5. Wake Forest University
6. Clemson University
7. University of Florida
8. Georgia Regents University [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
9. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
10. McNeese State University
11. Pennsylvania State University
12. Miami University (Ohio) [Mid-American Conference]
13. Loyola University Maryland [Patriot League]

1. Zach Seabolt, Winthrop University
2. JT Poston, Western Carolina University
3. Trey Rule, Mercer University
4. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina University
5. Ashton Van Horne, Belmont University
6. Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina University
7. Ryan Cornfield, University of South Carolina Upstate
8. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb University
9. Isaiah Logue, Liberty University
10. Brendon Caballero, University of Tennessee at Martin

The Farms Golf Club – Rancho Santa Fe, California
Hosted by University of San Diego

1. Arizona State University
2. Georgia Institute of Technology [Atlantic Coast Conference]
3. University of Oklahoma
4. University of New Mexico
5. University of Virginia
6. University of Georgia
7. East Tennessee State University [Southern Conference]
8. University of Mississippi
9. University of San Diego
10. University of Idaho [Big Sky Conference]
11. St. Mary’s College of California
12. Wichita State University [Missouri Valley Conference]
13. Eastern Kentucky University [Ohio Valley Conference]

1. Cody Blick, San Jose State University
2. Petter Mikalsen, University of Denver
3. George Cunningham, University of Arizona
4. Antoine Rozner, University of Missouri-Kansas City
5. Chad Merzbacher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
6. David Kocher, University of Maryland, College Park
7. Matt Green, Kansas State University
8. Conner Campbell, Loyola Marymount University
9. Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara University
10. Justin De Los Stanos, California Polytechnic State University

The Rawls Course – Lubbock, Texas
Hosted by the Texas Tech University

1. University of Texas at Austin [Big 12 Conference]
2. Texas Tech University
3. Auburn University
4. University of North Florida [Atlantic Sun Conference]
5. University of California, Berkeley
6. University of Houston
7. University of Louisville
8. Duke University
9. Southeastern Louisiana State University
10. Purdue University
11. Georgia State University
12. University of California, Irvine [Big West Conference]
13. Charleston Southern University [Big South Conference]

1. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State University
2. Adria Arnaus, Texas A&M University, College Station
3. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech University
4. Tyler McDaniel, University of Kentucky
5. David Snyder, University of Kentucky
6. Greg Yates, Texas A&M University, College Station
7. Martin Simonsen, University of Texas at El Paso
8. Matt Mabrey, The University of Tulsa
9. Jake Sherwin, Florida Gulf Coast University
10. Nocolas Platret, University of Texas, Pan American

Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton, Washington
Hosted by University of Washington

1. University of South Carolina, Columbia
2. University of Washington
3. University of Southern California
4. Baylor University
5. University of Alabama at Birmingham
6. Texas Christian University
7. Iowa State University
8. Sam Houston State University [Southland Conference]
9. University of Michigan
10. University of California, Davis
11. Virginia Commonwealth University [Atlantic 10 Conference]
12. Pepperdine University [West Coast Conference]
13. Cleveland State University [Horizon League]
14. University of South Dakota [The Summit League]

1. Byron Meth, University of the Pacific
2. Jose Mendez, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
3. Alex Franklin, Oregon State University
4. Jordan Rodgers, Brigham Young University
5. James Fahy, Gonzaga University

The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
Hosted by Yale University

1. Vanderbilt University
2. Louisiana State University [Southeastern Conference]
3. University of South Florida [American Athletic Conference]
4. Oklahoma State University
5. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
6. San Diego State University [Mountain West Conference]
7. University of Iowa
8. North Carolina State University
9. The Ohio State University
10. Troy University
11. University of North Texas [Conference USA]
12. College of Charleston (South Carolina) [Colonial Athletic Conference]
13. Robert Morris University [Northeast Conference]
14. Saint Peter’s University [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]

1. Brandon Matthews, Temple University
2. Dylan Crowley, St. John’s University (New York)
3. George Williams, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus
4. Kevin Kramarski, Iona College
5. Quinn Prchal, Princeton University

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.