Florida State’s Wesley Graham and Clemson’s Luke Hopkins are silhouetted as they walk to the 17th tee during Round 2.
Oregon’s Eugene Wong hits his tee shot at No. 10.
Oklahoma State’s associate head coach, Alan Bratton watches Trent Whitekiller’s tee shot at No. 10.
Oregon players, Jack Dukeminier(top), Isaiah Telles, left, and Andrew Vijarro, right, wait for their team to finish at the Honors Course during the second round.
Augusta State head coach Josh Gregory, left, with Henrik Norlander after he tied for first at No. 18.
Florida State’s Michael Hebert tries to direct his ball at No. 18. Florida State took the sole lead during Round 2.
Stanford’s Sihwan Kim, left, and Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffmann, at No. 10 during Round 2.
Oregon’s Eugene Wong makes double bogey at No. 18 during Round 2.
Stanford’s Steve Ziegler signals his tee shot left at No. 10. Ziegler shot a 71 in Round 2.
Stanford’s Steve Ziegler signals his tee shot at No. 10, left, during Round 2.
Players and coaches make their way back to the course after a 2 hour and 12 minute weather delay during Round 2.
California’s Stephen Hale makes his way around grounds crew as they try to clear water off the ninth fairway after a weather delay for 2 hours and 12 minutes in Round 2.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein, left, and Stanford’s Steve Ziegler, right, at No. 18 during Round 2.
Oregon’s Daniel Miernicki hits from the left rough on No. 9.
University of North Florida’s Sean Dale, right, and assistant coach Rob Bradley during Round 2.
San Diego’s Alex Ching misses his birdie putt at No. 9 to beat the course record during Round 2. Ching posted a 66.
Washington’s Nick Taylor watches his tee shot at No. 1. Washington is tied for 7th place after Round 2.
Oregon’s Isaiah Telles watches his tee shot at No. 10 during Round 2.
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – There’s probably a number of reasons and/or excuses for the way Texas A&M self-destructed in the second round Wednesday of the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course.
The Aggies can’t put the blame me. I didn’t put the Wrong Ron curse on them by picking them to win their second consecutive national title.
And if they hope to win NCAAs this time around, they are going to have to put forth their best round of the season in Thursday’s third and final round of stroke play. The top eight teams advance to match play.
After a solid opening round of 3-under 285, the Aggies had a big-time melt down with a 16-over 304. That sent Texas A&M tumbling from fourth after the first round to 27th following the morning wave of the second round.
How bad was it for the defending NCAA champs?
No player shot under par, the best score coming from freshman Cameron Peck with an even-par 72. They also counted a 75 from Nacho Elvira and 76 from Andrea Pavan. The real stinger: An 81 from Conrad Shindler and an 82 from Jordan Russell.
“It was a pretty tough day today to say the least,” said Texas A&M coach J.T. Higgins. “Not a good time to have our worst day of the year. With a great round tomorrow, we still have a chance to get into the top eight, but we are really going to have to play fantastic. The thing is, this is a tough golf course to make up ground on.”
And the Aggies have a lot of ground to make up.
Well, maybe I should have picked them to win this year. At least then they could beat me up instead of beating themselves up.