Final results: NCAA men's golf regionals

By Ryan LavnerMay 16, 2015, 10:16 pm

The NCAA Division I men’s regionals wrapped up Saturday at six sites around the country. The low five teams in each regional after advanced to the May 29-June 3 NCAA Championship at Concession Golf Club in Florida.

Here are the final results from the Chapel Hill (N.C.), Noblesville (Ind.), Yale (Conn.), Lubbock (Texas), San Diego (Calif.) and Bremerton (Wash.) regionals:

Chapel Hill Regional, at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.:

Winner: Charlotte (-19)

Runner-up: Stanford (-14)

Rest of the top 5: Florida State (-11), Florida (-9) and Clemson (-5)

Left out: Kennesaw State (+2), North Carolina (+6), Wake Forest (+10)

Medalist: Maverick McNealy, Stanford (-9)

Skinny: Only two of the top five seeds advanced out of this regional. Charlotte benefited from the short travel and prior experience at Finley Golf Course to clinch its first NCAA finals berth since 2008. ... Maverick McNealy's two-shot win was his sixth victory of the season, making him a virtual lock for NCAA Player of the Year. ... UNC became just the fifth host team in the past six years that failed to qualify for the NCAA Championship. J.T. Poston of Western Carolina won on the second playoff hole to earn the individual spot out of this regional. 

New Haven Regional, at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.:

Winner: South Florida (-14)

Runner-up: San Diego State (E) 

Rest of the top 5: Oklahoma State (+2), Vanderbilt (+4), LSU (+9)

Left out: Iowa (+10), N.C. State (+10), Arkansas (+31)

Medalist: Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State (-7)

Skinny: Four of the top five seeds advanced out of this regional, but not without some late drama. SEC champion LSU staged a furious final-round rally, shooting 12-under 268 to sneak into the top five, by one shot over other programs. Ben Taylor and Brandon Pierce each shot 65s for the Tigers. … Jordan Niebrugge’s second-round 62 helped put Oklahoma State in position to earn a finals berth, then Brendon Jelley carded a 65 Saturday to seal the deal. … South Florida, now a four-time winner, is the host school at the NCAAs later this month.

Noblesville Regional, at Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind:

Winner: Illinois and SMU (-4)

Rest of the top 5: UNLV (-1), UCLA (+5), Oregon (+7)

Left out: Colorado (+15), Alabama (+18), Virginia Tech (+30) 

Medalist: Brian Campbell, Illinois (-10) 

Skinny: Four of the top five seeds advanced out of this regional. The one that did not was a big one – Alabama, the two-time defending NCAA champion. The Tide finished 11 shots back of the all-important fifth spot. … It was a heartbreaking exit for first-round leader Colorado, which followed an opening 277 with rounds of 300 and 302 (+14). … UNLV shot a Saturday-best, 10-under 278 to move off the bubble. ... Brian Campbell made eight birdies during a final-round 65 that gave him the individual title, by three shots. … Colorado’s David Oraee earned the individual spot in this regional.  

Lubbock Regional, at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas:

Winner: Texas (-22)

Runner-up: Texas Tech (-18) 

Rest of the top 5: Duke (-8), Auburn (-7), Houston (-5)

Left out: Purdue (-5), Cal (-4), Louisville (E)

Medalist: Blair Hamilton, Houston and Clement Sordet, Texas Tech (-8)

Skinny: Texas overtook host Texas Tech to win the team title, its sixth win in its last seven spring tournaments. Gavin Hall recorded his second consecutive runner-up finish. … A birdie from Kyle Pilgrim on the first extra hole was enough to give Houston the fifth and final spot in a team playoff over Purdue. … Auburn moved safely inside the bubble with strong performances from Nos. 4 and 5 men Daniel Stringfellow and Ryan Denton. They were the only Tigers to break par on the final day. … Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist defeated Cal’s K.K. Limbhasut on the first playoff hole to earn the individual spot out of this regional. 

Bremerton Regional, at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash.: 

Winner: UAB (-21)

Runner-up: South Carolina (-19)

Rest of the top 5: USC (-17), TCU (-10), Washington (-10)

Left out: Baylor (-2), Michigan (-1), Iowa State (+5)

Medalist: Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington (-13)

Skinny: Four of the top five seeds advanced out of this regional. UAB had two players finish inside the top-6 individually, including Martin Rohwer, who finished in a tie for second. … Top seed South Carolina got off the final-round bubble with a Saturday-best 14-under 274 that moved the Gamecocks all the way to second place. … Washington’s home-course advantage finally paid off in the final round, as the Huskies shot 277 with all four scorers at par or better, including Cheng-Tsung Pan’s medalist-clinching 65. … Baylor, ranked 18th in the country, was on the wrong side of the bubble after shooting 1 over in the final round. … 

San Diego Regional, at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.:

Winner: Oklahoma (-21) 

Runner-up: Arizona State (+1) 

Rest of the top 5: Georgia Tech (+5), Georgia (+6), Virginia (+10) 

Left out: Wichita State (+12), East Tennessee State (+16), New Mexico (+22)

Medalist: Jon Rahm, Arizona State (-10)

Skinny: Oklahoma kept right on rolling in the final round as the Sooners won their first regional title since 2001. This was their third victory of the season. … After a terrible opening round, Georgia battled back with with rounds of 278 and 285 to move safely inside the cut line. … It was a rough finish for Est Tennessee State, which began the final round in fourth place but short the second-worst score of the day Saturday (297) to fall to seventh. … Arizona State junior Jon Rahm earned medalist honors at the regional, his fourth victory of the season. It was his seventh all time, and he now trails only Phil Mickelson and Billy Mayfair on ASU’s all-time list. 

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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.