Cal, Stanford headline at Western Intercollegiate
The 68th Annual Western Intercollegiate brings in some of the nation's top teams and storylines this weekend.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers chases Tiger Woods' record, California looks to hit its stride heading into postseason play and Texas seeks its first win of the year.
Here is a rundown of everything you need to know heading into the two-day event:
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When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Pasatiempo Golf Club (6,615-yard, par-70 course) Santa Cruz, Calif.
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The field with Golfweek/Sagarin ranking in parentheses:
Arizona State (No. 29)
• Best finish: First, ASU Thunderbird Invitational
• Player to watch: Sophomore Jon Rahm
California (No. 5)
• Best finish: First, six times
• Player to watch: Senior Brandon Hagy
Hawaii (No. 163)
• Best finish: First, Aloha Invitational
• Player to watch: Senior Nainoa Calip
Memphis (No. 41)
• Best finish: First, twice
• Player to watch: Senior Will Pearson
Oregon (No. 50)
• Best finish: First, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
• Player to watch: Freshman Thomas Lim
San Diego State (No. 36)
• Best finish: First, Jones Invitational
• Player to watch: Junior Xander Schauffele
San Jose State (No. 127)
• Best finish: Third, Give 'Em Five Invitational
• Player to watch: Sophomore Cody Blick
SMU (No. 27)
• Best finish: Second, National Invitational Tournament
• Player to watch: Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau
Stanford (No. 6)
• Best finish: First, three times
• Player to watch: Junior Patrick Rodgers
Texas (No. 14)
• Best finish: Second, three times
• Player to watch: Senior Toni Hakula
Texas-El Paso (No. 104)
• Best finish: Second, twice
• Player to watch: Junior Martin Simonsen
UC Irvine (No. 132)
• Best finish: First, Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate
• Player to watch: Junior Pete Fernandez
Washington (No. 15)
• Best finish: First, Husky Invitational
• Player to watch: Junior Cheng-Tsung Pan
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By the Numbers:
21 – Rahm of Arizona State proved that he can go low at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Rahm shot a 21-under 192 through 54 holes, leading his team to a 20-stroke victory. Arizona State head coach Tim Mickelson said that win will give the team a big confidence boost.
4 – Stanford's Rodgers has won three straight individual titles, and four total on the season. He's heading into the tournament with just a few chances left to tie Tiger Woods' individual wins record at Stanford. Woods won 11 times in two years, but Rodgers is not far behind – he holds nine titles.
13 – The Western Intercollegiate was just one of Cal's many triumphs last year. The team rolled to a 13-stroke victory over runner-up UCLA. But this year's Cal roster has a bit of a different look without Michael Kim and Max Homa.
5 – Schauffele of San Diego State is only player to place T-4 or better at last year's tournament and return to compete. Five of the top six players from last year's individual leader board will not play Pasatiempo this weekend. Schauffele finished in a tie for fourth at 1-under 209. He eagled the par-5 ninth hole twice in three rounds last year.