Texas lassos Nicklaus title; Pieters medals
DUBLIN, Ohio – Texas won its second consecutive event, defeating host Ohio State by 16 shots Tuesday at the Nicklaus Invitational. The Longhorns finished at 2-under 862 at Muirfield Village Golf Club, annual site of the PGA Tour’s Memorial. Texas was coming off a 20-stroke victory a week earlier at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Asher Wildman catches up with Texas coach John Fields to discuss the Longhorns' two consecutive victories to start the season and freshman Jordan Spieth.
Four Longhorns finished in the top 9: Freshman Jordan Spieth (T-2), Dylan Fritelli (7), Julio Vega (8) and Toni Hakula (T-9). Spieth led the individual competition late in the final round before finishing bogey-bogey-double bogey, leaving him tied with Purdue’s Tyler Duncan at 5-under 211, two shots behind individual winner Thomas Pieters of Illinois at 7-under 209. Pieters had an up-and-down round, with eight birdies, eight bogeys and only two pars, but it was enough for his first college title. Pieters had finished runner-up to teammate Luke Guthrie on Oct. 2 at the D.A. Wiebring Intercollegiate.
Texas started the final round one stroke behind Ohio State, but shot 1-under 287, a final-round best, to the Buckeyes’ 304. Illinois (296) finished third at 20-over 884, followed by Kent State at 885 (310), UCLA at 886 (300) and Arkansas at 887 (297).