Sun Devils Steal the Show at Thunderbird Invite
The Arizona State men's golf team set a Thunderbird Invitational record with a 40-under 824 (281-270-273) and won its tournament for the fourth time in five seasons by eight strokes on Saturday over USC. Chez Reavie and Brady Stockton both tied for fifth with a 10-under 206.
The top five team scores registered in the top 10 tournament list, as ASU, USC, Pepperdine, TCU and Oklahoma all were 24-under or better (see top 10 lists at bottom or results). ASU has now won its tournament in 11 of the past 15 seasons. ASU has finished first or second in its tournament every year beginning with 1994.
ASU won the event over a strong field which included second-ranked Texas, fourth-ranked Arizona, fifth-ranked UNLV, seventh-ranked TCU and 10th-ranked UCLA. ASU entered the tournament ranked 22nd according to Golfweek.
Reavie's fifth-place finish gave him his eighth top 10 finish in 10 events this year and his 65 in the final round is a career low. Freshman Alejandro Canizares, who won the National Invitational in Tucson on March 30-April 1, is at 12-under in his past six rounds after finishing tied for seventh with an 8-under 208.
The 10-under 206 (67-70-69) by Stockton also is a career best.
ASU will next compete at the Pac-10 Championships on April 28-30 in Los Angeles. ASU has won the Pac-10 title 11 times and has won it six times in the past eight years.
Final Scores from ASU Thunderbird Invitational, which finished Saturday.
ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Dates: 04/11 - 04/12
Fin. School Scores
1 Arizona State U. 281 270 273 824 -40
2 Southern California 280 279 273 832 -32
3 Pepperdine Univ. 279 278 278 835 -29
4 TCU 278 281 277 836 -28
5 Oklahoma, U. of 277 287 276 840 -24
6 Texas, Univ. of 287 279 277 843 -21
7 Stanford University 288 277 279 844 -20
Arizona, U. of 283 277 284 844 -20
9 UNLV 288 284 274 846 -18
10 Houston, Univ. of 288 283 278 849 -15
Brigham Young Univ. 279 284 286 849 -15
12 San Diego State U. 278 289 285 852 -12
13 Arizona St. Maroon 294 282 279 855 -9
14 New Mexico, U. of 289 281 286 856 -8
15 Washington State U. 288 286 284 858 -6
16 Oregon, U. of 286 299 274 859 -5
17 Colorado, U. of 287 293 282 862 -2
Oregon State U. 286 289 287 862 -2
19 UCLA 285 292 295 872 +8
Fin. Name School Scores
1 David Schultz TCU 68 66 67 201 -15
2 David Oh USC 68 70 66 204 -12
3 Chris Nallen Arizona 70 68 67 205 -11
Greg Machtaler BYU 69 66 70 205 -11
5 Chez Reavie Arizona St 73 68 65 206 -10
Brady Stockton Arizona St 67 70 69 206 -10
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.