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LAS VEGAS – UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick will try to chase down Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers on Sunday in the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
It’s a daunting task for the UCLA sophomore who has one collegiate victory under his belt (the Cal Poly SLO Invitational) compared with Rodgers’ seven career wins, but he believes it’s doable.
“The way I look at my win last year is that a win’s a win and I did what I had to do down the stretch,” he said, “and I took a lot from that experience.”
Garrick, the 25th-ranked player in the Golfweek rankings, found himself in some places on Southern Highlands Golf Club on Saturday that he had not seen before. He managed a 2-over 74 in the second round and sits two back of Rodgers. UNLV leads the team standings at 16-over 592, followed by second-place Stanford (594) and Alabama and UCLA tied at 598.
Garrick birdied Nos. 4, 11 and 18 in the second round against five bogeys on his card.
Two of his three birdies were spectacles. On No. 11, Garrick drained a 90-footer – Tiger-style – and then hit a 5-iron 230 yards into the green on the 18th and made a 6-footer for birdie.
“It was pretty stressful for me (today), to be honest. I didn’t hit it in all the spots I wanted to. . . . but I did a good job of managing it and getting the ball in the hole,” said Garrick, of Atherton, Calif. “You can’t make birdies if you can’t hit the fairway, and even if you do, par is still a good score.”
Garrick was hoping to be paired with Rodgers during the final round – and he’s getting his wish.
“I hope to go shot-for-shot with him and hopefully it’s close coming down the stretch.”