Defending champs take nose dive in Round 2


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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.

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