Auburn won its first SEC men's golf championship since 2002 Sunday, and freshman Wells Padgett sunk the winning putt for the Tigers in impressive style.
With the overall team match deadlocked at 2-2 between Auburn and state-rival Alabama, Padgett's match with Jonathan Hardee went to the 18th hole on the Seaside Course at Sea Island, home of the PGA Tour's RSM Classic. It was there that Padgett rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to clinch the title, starting his celebration before the ball had even reached the cup:
Congratulations to @AuburnMGolf on their @SEC title over Alabama.— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) April 29, 2018
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"That was the biggest putt I've ever made in my life," Padgett told SECSports.com. "Walking down the fairway, someone asked me if we were going to need a playoff hole. I looked him right in the eye and said, 'There's not going to be a playoff. I'm making birdie.' I love the competition of match play. I thrive on it. I had a good read on it, and I could tell after about 3 or 4 feet that it was going in."
Auburn earned the No. 4 seed after 54 holes of stroke-play competition, then beat No. 5 Arkansas and No. 1 LSU to advance to the finals. The Tigers will learn during Wednesday's NCAA selection show on Golf Channel which regional field they'll join beginning May 14.