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Washington rallies to win ASU Thunderbird

ASU Thunderbird Invitational (Final round)

Washington shot a sizzling 16-under 268 Saturday to come from behind and win the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

The Huskies, No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, jumped seven spots in Round 3 and posted 8-under 839, two strokes ahead of seventh-ranked UCLA. No. 12 Southern California was third at 842, after shooting 2-over 286 in the final round at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

San Diego State sophomore J.J. Spaun defeated Washington’s Chris Williams on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim the individual title, the first of his career. Spaun, who shot 1-under 70 in Round 3, chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to deny Williams, who fired a tournament-low 64 in the final round.

It was Washington’s first team title of the season, and its first since posting four victories last spring, including the Pac-10 Championship last April. The Huskies had three straight top-3 finishes this spring before losing to eventual champion New Mexico in the first round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play.

Spaun, No. 257 in Golfweek’s rankings, beat a star-studded field in the Arizona desert. UC-Irvine’s John Chin, Golfweek’s 25th-ranked player who last week won the Barona Collegiate Cup, tied for third at 6-under 207, along with Oregon’s Eugene Wong, San Diego State’s Andrew Cooley and Southern Cal’s Matt Giles. Wong on Friday was named the Pac-10 Golfer of the Month for March.

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