Longhorns Corral Isleworth Invitational
WINDERMERE, Fla. -- Texas shot a collective 9 over par to score its first tournament victory in two seasons Tuesday at the 18-team Isleworth Collegiate Invitational at the Isleworth Country Club. The Longhorns ran away with a 12-stroke victory over second-place Florida to capture the event featuring three of the last four NCAA team champions and nine of the top-15 finishers from the 2006 NCAA Championships.
At 12 strokes, Texas recorded the largest victory margin in the tournaments three-year history en route to its first win since the 2004 Big 12 Championships. Georgia, the 2004 and 2005 Isleworth Collegiate champion, recorded winning margins of 10 strokes and seven strokes, respectively. The Longhorns claimed the victory despite entering the event as the lowest-ranked team (Golfweek No. 57) in the field.
It has been two years since we have won a golf tournament, said UT coach John Fields, and Im really happy for our guys. Ive got 10 great guys on this golf team. Last week, we had the best qualifying round in the last five years. We were all really excited to come here, but you dont come here thinking you are just going to blow by everybody with this kind of field.
Indeed, the Longhorns blew past the field on the strength of three top-10 individual finishes, marking the first time Texas accomplished such a feat since the 2006 Big 12 Championships when UT landed medalist Matt Rosenfeld, Jeff Bell and Matt Mills in the top ten.
Senior Matt Bortis (Springfield, Mo.), an Arkansas transfer, carded a one-under 71 in Tuesdays final round to finish in a tie for fourth place.
Were really thankful hes here, Fields said. We played through some rough conditions today, but he had the desire to get through today. He has won on an individual basis, but the team title is as special for him as for everyone else.
Junior Kevin Schultz (Richardson, Texas) managed a four-over 76 in the final round but placed in a tie for sixth after carding a four-under 68 in the second round.
Kevin is coming out of a tough sophomore season, and Im so happy for him, Fields said. He had a great tournament finishing in sixth place, and Im really pleased to see him turn the corner. Its great to see him putting up these kinds of numbers.
Senior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) carded a three-over 75 to finish the tournament in a tie for 10th place, marking his top individual finish of the fall.
Jhonattan is coming of age and had another solid round today, Fields said. He has been in position to finish well, and he did that today. He is becoming one of the better players in college golf, and Im really happy for him.
Freshman Lance Lopez (Missouri City, Texas) finished the tournament at six-over par with a three-over 75 on Tuesday to end the event tied for 19th place.
Lance brings a winning attitude every time out, and he worked really hard today. He had a solid round and helped us win today. He is a very, very talented young freshman with a lot of desire.
Sophomore Charlie Holland (Dallas, Texas) finished the tournament in a tie for 49th place after stroking an 80 on Tuesday. Holland helped the Horns to a quick start on Sunday with an even-par 72.
Charlie had a great first round and helped get us going, Fields said. He made a few minor mistakes that cost him some momentum, but he hung in there. He is contributing for us.
UT entered the final day in first place, leading Oklahoma State by one stroke after ending the first round in a tie for fourth place. Texas ended the tournament with its worst round, statistically, yet the Longhorns finished with the second-best round of the day at 297.
I knew the golf course was playing ridiculously hard, but with the wind and some of the hole locations, it was a fabulous test, Fields said. It was very, very special for us to come out on top today.
The Longhorns will take to the links one more time this fall when they head to Hawaii for the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational. The tournament is slated for Nov. 22-23 in Kauai, Hawaii.
Isleworth Collegiate Invitational
Isleworth Country Club (Par 72, 7,544 Yards), Windermere, Fla.
Final Team Standings
1. TEXAS, +12 (294-285-297-876)
2. Florida, +24 (294-292-302-888)
3. Texas A&M, +26 (298-301-291-890)
4. Oklahoma State, +28 (294-286-312-892)
5. Georgia, +29 (291-300-302-893)
6. Clemson, +30 (297-291-306-894)
7. Kentucky, +32 (300-290-306-896)
T8. Wake Forest, +36 (307-291-302-900)
T8. Florida State, +36 (297-297-306-900)
T8. Tennessee, +36 (293-298-309-900)
T8. North Carolina, +36 (296-297-307-900)
12. Georgia Tech, +39 (298-297-308-903)
13. Duke, +41 (296-295-314-905)
14. Georgia State, +42 (297-299-310-906)
15. Arizona, +50 (295-300-319-914)
16. South Carolina, +51 (292-304-319-915)
17. Texas Tech, +53 (300-304-313-917)
18. Central Florida, +60 (300-318-306-924)
Top 10 Individuals
1. Brian Harman, UGA, E (70-71-75-216)
T2. Dustin Groves, Wake Forest, +1 (75-67-75-217)
T2. Billy Horschel, Florida, +1 (79-67-71-217)
T4. Matt Bortis, TEXAS, +2 (75-72-71-218)
T4. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech, +2 (74-70-74-218)
T6. Jonas Blixt, Florida State, +3 (73-73-73-219)
T6. Kevin Schultz, TEXAS, +3 (75-68-76-219)
T8. Philip Pettitt, Tennessee, +4 (72-74-74-220)
T8. Hudson Swafford, Georgia, +4 (70-76-74-220)
T10. Jhonattan Vegas, TEXAS, +5 (72-74-75-221)
T10. Brad Doster, Kentucky, +5 (77-68-76-221)
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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship
Ernie Els is one proud uncle.
His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.
Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.
"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."
Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.
"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."
Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start
CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.
McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.
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McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.
McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.
Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead
PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.
Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.
Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.
Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.
Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.
Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.
Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.