Washington rallies to win ASU Thunderbird

Washington coach Matt Thurmond (left) and Nick Taylor at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational last October.

Washington coach Matt Thurmond (left) and Nick Taylor at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational last October.

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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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