Cowboys Take Match Play Title
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- Oklahoma States mens golf team earned its second tournament title of the fall season on Tuesday morning, defeating Georgia Tech, 4-0-1, in the championship match at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship being held at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.
The second-seeded Cowboys breezed past the top-seeded Yellow Jackets en route to their first-ever win at the event. OSU was dominant in the tournament, winning 15 of its 20 individual matches on its way to a 4-0 record and its first team title since winning the Ping/Golfweek Preview in September.
'This is a fantastic tournament,' said Oklahoma State Assistant Coach Alan Bratton. 'This was my first experience with this event and I really like the format because it is so competitive. A tournament like this allows you to learn so much about your players. This type of format helps us teach our players how to play better in stroke play in a very competitive environment. It is a great way to wrap up our fall season.'
Freshman Pablo Martin, the nations top-ranked golfer, ran his record to 4-0 in the tournament, winning 4 and 3 over Roberto Castro at the No. 1 position. The Malaga, Spain native, who only trailed for six holes the entire tournament, won his first hole on Tuesday and never trailed in the match.
Junior Zack Robinson evened his mark at 2-2 after posting a 2-and-1 victory over Chan Song at the No. 2 spot. The Ft. Worth, Texas native fell behind on the first hole, but claimed the lead with a victory on the fourth hole and maintained the advantage for his second consecutive win.
Senior Alex Norn posted his second decisive win of the event, routing Nicholas Thompson, 7 and 5, to finish 2-2 overall. The Stockholm, Sweden native won his first four holes and was 6-up at the turn before ending the match on the 12th hole.
Junior Chris Clarke won his fourth consecutive match for the Cowboys, hanging on down the stretch for a 1-up victory over Michael Barbosa. The Rotherham, England native led for 17 of the 18 holes and built his lead to 4-up with five to play before halving the final hole to win the match.
Sophomore Zac Reynolds waged a see-saw battle with Kevin Larsen at the No. 5 position and won the 18th hole to halve his match and remain unbeaten at 3-0-1. The Edmond, Okla., native led for eight of the first 14 holes before Larsen took his first lead with two to play. However, Reynolds made four on the final hole to draw even and split the match.
(2) Oklahoma State def. (1) Georgia Tech, 4-0-1
Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State def. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech, 4 & 3
Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State def. Chan Song, Georgia Tech, 2 &1
Alex Norn, Oklahoma State def. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech, 7 &5
Chris Clarke, Oklahoma State def. Michael Barbosa, Georgia Tech, 1-up
Zac Reynolds, Oklahoma State halve Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech
Watch: Strong start, rough finish for Koepka
U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.
Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.
And here is the capper at the 14th
Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.
After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.
A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead. That, however, sparked a wild ride to the finish line as he also bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 9, and birdied the sixth. It totaled to a second-nine, 2-over 37 and an overall score of 2-under 68.
Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery
MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.
Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.
''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.
''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''
Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''
Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.
He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.
Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.
Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship
SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.
The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.
The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.
Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.
Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.
McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.
David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.
Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.
Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.
Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.
While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.
“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”
Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.
“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”