USC Wins Collegiate Masters Team Title
The Trojans sailed to their second tournament win this year on the strength of three subpar scores in the final round Wednesday. Their 1-over tournament total of 865 was three shots better than No. 5 Oklahoma State.
Jamie Lovemark, a sophomore who won last years NCAA individual crown, matched the tournament record Wednesday by firing a 6-under-par 66 and tied for second individually at 7-under-par 209. He had six birdies and no bogeys in his round, while teammates Gavin Reid and Rory Hie posted a 70 and 71, respectively.
This is a phenomenal win against a great field, and we didnt back into it at all, said USC coach Chris Zambri, Hopefully, this lets these guys know they can play to the highest level. I know (Tech head coach Bruce Hepplers) vision was to have the premier event in college golf, and I think hes done that.
Leon, junior, captured his first collegiate win with a 54-hole score of 8-under-par 208. His teammate Rickie Fowler, with a final-round 67 tied Lovemark for second place and helped the Cowboys finish second as a team, three strokes back.
Aside from the nationals and the conference, this is the best tournament you can win, said Leon, who earned the victory with three steady rounds (69-69-70). I pretty much told myself, Ive been in this position too many times and messed it up.
Alabama finished third at 8-over 872, led by the nations top-ranked player in Michael Thompson, who shot 73 Wednesday and finished the tournament 1-over 217. Host Georgia Tech was unable to make up ground on the lead Wednesday, holding onto its fourth place standing with a 1-over-par round of 289. The 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets finished the tournament at 11-over-par 875.
Florida State shot 3-under 285 Wednesday and finished fifth at 13-over-par, followed by Texas A&M (17-over). First-round leader UCLA faded to seventh at the finish (18-over), while Georgia State was eighth (19-over) and No. 2 Georgia placed ninth (22-over).
Individually, Georgia States Joel Sjoholm finished fourth at 6-under 210 after posting a 68 on Wednesday. Georgia Techs Cameron Tringale, who shot 73 Wednesday, finished fifth at 3-under 213, his third top-10 finish in four spring tournaments. Texas A&M teammates Nacho Elvira and Matt Van Zandt tied for sixth at 1-under 215, while Thompson and Charlottes Corey Nagy tied for eighth at 1-over 217.
The tournament, played at the 7,017-yard, par 72 Lakeside Course, finished in the best weather conditions of the week, calm winds and temperatures approaching 70 degrees. Heppler, watching a field that included nine of the nations top 11 teams this week, lays claim to hosting the nations best regular-season event.
Its not even close. Were getting a lot of people out here to watch, said Heppler. The way everything is done here, from the rules, to pace of play, under five hours on a hard golf course, there is just no way to do it any better than they do it here. I love this course, and I love this club. Its a big part of our program, and Im glad everybody else can see it.
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.