Cantlay wins by six, leads UCLA to West title
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Team winner: UCLA, 10-under-par 854
Individual winner: Patrick Cantlay, UCLA, 13-under-par 203
Also moving on: 2. USC (857), 3. San Diego (864), 4. Ohio State (865), 5. Texas (873)
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No surprise here: UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay showed why he was one of three players invited to the Hogan Award banquet earlier this week, winning by six shots after a bogey-free 67 Saturday. Cantlay made three birdies and holed out from 125 yards for eagle on the par-4 fourth hole.
He made three eagles in the three rounds at The Farms Golf Club. UCLA, which finished three shots ahead of crosstown rival USC in the team race, finished second at The Ping/Golfweek Preview earlier this year at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
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Stop the presses: Host San Diego started the final round in fifth, but shot a final-round 280 to easily advance. The Toreros' No. 3 player, Manav Shah, paced the team with a final-round 67 to finish second individually. This is San Diego's third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The Toreros missed a playoff for the final match-play spot last year at The Honors Course. San Diego's Alex Ching, who finished 54th this week, has finished 13th and second in the past two NCAA Championships.
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Short shots: Middle Tennessee State's Jason Millard finished T-4 to grab the regional's individual berth. The Blue Raiders finished 10th. ... Ohio State's Michael Cress, the team's No. 3 player, closed with two consecutive 68s to finish T-4 and lead the Buckeyes. ... All five Texas players birdied the par-5 18th. Texas grabbed the fifth and final spot, finishing two shots ahead of in-state rival SMU.
– Sean Martin