NCAA Tracker: Stanford's Wilson wins men's title

The 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Championship at Prairie Dunes.

Men's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Cheng Tsung PanWashington  67.13 
2Lee McCoyGeorgia  67.66 
3Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  67.69 
4Maverick McNealyStanford  67.85 
5Brian CampbellIllinois  68.08 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Illinois 68.86 
2Baylor 69.92 
3Florida State 70.04 
4Oregon 70.06 
5Texas 70.17 

The NCAA Division I Men's Championship is set to crown an individual champion today via a playoff, while the match-play field of eight that will chase a title is set at Prairie Dunes.

Stanford started the day with a four-shot lead over Alabama and expanded it to a can't-take-it-with-you nine shots, finishing 13 under to Alabama and LSU's 4 under. Cardinal Cameron Wilson then wins a three-hole playoff against Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans for the individual championship.

Read Lance Ringler's take on how TV affects the atmosphere

Recap the playoff conclusion and the end of team stroke play from Hutchinson, Kan., right here – and keep scrolling down for our previous coverage!

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Update No. 33: 9:10 p.m. EDT

On the 17th green, Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans is away for his birdie try; he rolls it well but misses just low and a bit long. That gives Stanford's Cameron Wilson his second birdie try for a win in this playoff – which he sinks to take the championship.

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Update No. 32: 9:07 p.m. EDT

At the third playoff hole, both Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans and Stanford's Cameron Wilson miss the fairway at the par-5 17th. Schniederjans misses left and uses a big swing to get it back in the fairway for his third shot. Wilson is in the right rough, closer to the fairway's edge but with the ball sitting down, and gets it in the fairway for a half-wedge approach. Schneiderjans takes a three-quarter swing and finds the middle of the green with the pin back-left. Wilson hits his wedge shot to inside 10 feet, and another putting exhibition is set.

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Update No. 31: 8:53 p.m. EDT

South Carolina's Caleb Sturgeon has a birdie putt of more than 20 feet to force a playoff for the eighth match-play berth, but it misses. UCLA's Anton Arboleda wraps things up for the Bruins and the advancing teams are set.

Our Lance Ringler offers this via Twitter – @GolfweekRingler: "Unofficially speaking … Stanford vs. Illinois; Alabama vs. SMU; Oklahoma State vs. Georgia Tech; LSU vs. UCLA".

On the individual front, Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans is away at the 18th and leaves his putt well short, but Stanford's Cameron Wilson two-putts. Schniederjans makes his 3-footer and the playoff heads to No. 10.

At the par 3, Wilson hits it on line with the flag but 25 feet short or more. Schneiderjans is roughly pin-high with his shot and about 10 feet right. Wilson's putt misses and stops about 2 feet from the hole, giving Schniederjans a chance to win, but the Yellow Jacket misses low and long. Both make par and move on.

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Update No. 30: 8:40 p.m. EDT

On their first playoff hole for the individual crown, Stanford's Cameron Wilson finds the fairway and then the green at No. 18 while Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans hits it in the rough and then on the back edge of the green. Putting contest to come.

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Update No. 29: 8:31 p.m. EDT

Will Murphy has a bogey putt at No. 9 to keep South Carolina in the match-play picture, but it grazes the lip and runs past. He double bogeys and drops the Gamecocks to 6 over and ninth. That, in turn, pushes Illinois and SMU to T-7, both in the clubhouse at 5 over as they move into position for the last two match-play berths with UCLA a shot ahead at 4 over. One group remains on the course for South Carolina and UCLA as well as Oklahoma.

The other teams in line for match play are: Stanford, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.

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Update No. 28: 8:19 p.m. EDT

South Carolina's Will Murphy has the last shot at joining a playoff for the individual title, needing to hole his approach at No. 9 – but an errant drive and his team's needs prompt him to take a drop and forgo the chance at the individual title. That means Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans and Stanford's Cameron Wilson will begin a playoff for the championship at No. 18 in a few minutes.

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Update No. 27: 8:04 p.m. EDT

Stanford's Cameron Wilson misses the 18th green and can't get up and down, leading to a tie with Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans at 6 under atop the individual leaderboard. That will prompt a playoff to determine the champ – unless someone can pass them.

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Update No. 26: 8:01 p.m. EDT

An eagle by Anton Arboleda helps UCLA move to seventh at 4 over, with SMU and Illinois T-8 at 5 over and Oklahoma T-10 at 8 over alongside Houston.

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Update No. 25: 7:48 p.m. EDT

Illinois' Charlie Danielson is the last man on the course for his squad as the Illini stand T-7. His final approach shot of the day finds the middle of the No. 9 green for a decent try at birdie. He two-putts for par and Illinois gets to the clubhouse at 5 over, tied for seventh with SMU and UCLA.

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Update No. 24: 7:44 p.m. EDT

On the individual side, Stanford's Cameron Wilson birdies No. 17 for a one-shot lead over Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans with one hole to play.

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Update No. 23: 7:28 p.m. EDT

Another par for Stanford's Cameron Wilson keeps him tied for the individual lead with Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans at 6 under. Wilson has two holes to play while Schniederjans is in the clubhouse.

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Update No. 22: 7:14 p.m. EDT

In the fight to advance to match play, South Carolina rises to sixth at 4 over. SMU gets to the clubhouse at 5 over and is T-7 with Illinois. One shot out of the mix at the moment is Oklahoma, with UCLA another shot back in 10th.

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Update No. 21: 7:10 p.m. EDT

Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech pars the last to wrap up a 68 that moves him to the top of the leaderboard, tied with Cameron Wilson of Stanford at 6 under. Wilson pars the 15th and has four to play.

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Update No. 20: 7:02 p.m. EDT

The scoring continues to improve for the teams fighting to advance to match play. Illinois and UCLA move to 5 over and T-7, while Oklahoma and South Carolina move to 6 over and T-9 to get two shots clear of 11th-place Houston.

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Update No. 19: 6:53 p.m. EDT

Illinois' Brian Campbell is opening eyes.

  • @GolfweekRingler: "Brian Campbell is now 7-under here in final round wit 2 holes to go! @IlliniGolf"
  • @GolfweekCassie: "Single handedly lifting them to T-8."

Campbell made four straight birdies around the turn at Nos. 17-2, then birdied No. 6 and eagled No. 7. He's 7 under for his round as the Illini climb to 6 over and into the thick of the fight to advance to match play.

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Update No. 18: 6:48 p.m. EDT

Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans makes a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 17 to tie Cameron Wilson for the individual lead as he heads to the last. Wilson has five holes to play. Houston's James Ross is in the clubhouse a shot back, with five players on the course at 4 under.

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Update No. 17: 6:44 p.m. EDT

The leaderboard had been kind to Houston much of the afternoon as the Cougars climbed as high as eighth while sitting in the clubhouse at 8 over, but recent developments have changed the momentum. Illinois and South Carolina move to 6 over in a tie for eighth, while UCLA moves to 7 over and 10th – pushing Houston to 11th. But there's plenty of golf to be played.

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Update No. 16: 6:34 p.m. EDT

Cameron Wilson hits his drive into the "gunch," the tall rough lining the fairways, as they call it at Prairie Dunes. But he recovers with a second shot to the front of the green and an up-and-down for par. That keeps Wilson, of Stanford, atop the leaderboard at 6 under and a shot clear of Houston's James Ross and Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans.

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Update No. 15: 6:23 p.m. EDT

The wind isn't making things easy or quick. Our Lance Ringler points out via his Twitter account, @GolfweekRingler: "Four teams from the wave that finished this morning were under-par. Currently no teams in the afternoon are below par." He also poses this thought: "About to get REAL FUN... Teams on the bubble going to be playing hole No. 7. How low can you go and then hang on tight when you play No. 8!" For more about the seventh hole and the rest of Prairie Dunes, read the hole-by-hole review from our Bradley S. Klein.

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Update No. 14: 5:38 p.m. EDT

In the battle for the last match-play spot, UCLA and Illinois move to 7 over and into a tie for eighth, passing Houston. The Bruins are just starting to make the turn, the Illini nearly past it.

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Update No. 13: 5:34 p.m. EDT

With back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7-8, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford catches teammate Cameron Wilson to tie for the individual lead at 6 under. Rodgers is 1 under for the round, Wilson even.

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Update No. 12: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Stanford's lead opens up to seven shots ahead of Alabama, but the Cardinal can't take it with them into match play.

Houston, meanwhile, sits in the clubhouse and finds itself in the top eight after Illinois falls a shot back at 9 over while making the turn.

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Update No. 11: 4:48 p.m. EDT

Wind indeed seems to be taking a toll this afternoon, our Brentley Romine points out via his Twitter account, @GolfweekBRomine: "The 15 teams on course right now are a combined 54 over so far in Round 3; @GT_GOLF only team under par for round #NCAAGolf"

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Update No. 10: 4:31 p.m. EDT

Illinois still has its hands on the eighth spot. But as the Illini start to make the turn, they slip to 7 over – just a shot ahead of the Houston Cougars, who are in the clubhouse at 8 over. Also in the fight is Washington at 9 over, as well as UCLA and Vanderbilt at 10 over and still on the course. Cal and Georgia are in the clubhouse at 10 over, needing several teams to slide.

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Update No. 9: 4:25 p.m. EDT

Stanford stretches its lead back to three shots, thanks to birdies by Cameron Wilson and Maverick McNealy. Wilson moves back out front in the chase for the individual title as well, at 6 under.

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Update No. 8: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Let's check in on the top five individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 1. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford: T-4, 4 under (through five holes today)
  • 2. Robby Shelton, Alabama: T-4, 4 under (through four)
  • 3. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech: Co-leader, 5 under (through eight)
  • 4. Cameron Wilson, Stanford: Co-leader, 5 under (through four)
  • 5. Joey Garber, Georgia: T-52, 3 over (54 holes complete)

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Update No. 7: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Leader Stanford comes back to the pack, its broad lead earlier slimming to one shot as it slips to 8 under, with Alabama at 7 under, both schools playing Nos. 4-6.

The battle for the eighth and final spot advancing to match play also is heating up, with Illinois 6 over and five teams within three shots: South Carolina, 7 over; UCLA, Vanderbilt and Houston, 8 over; Washington, 9 over.

Our Cassie Stein notes via her Twitter account, @GolfweekCassie: "Long waits starting to happen on the back nine. Not good when teams on the bubble are looking to build momentum. #NCAAGolf"

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Update No. 6: 4:05 p.m. EDT

Stanford's Cameron Wilson bogeys No. 3 and slips into a three-way tie for the individual title at 5 under alongside James Ross of Houston and Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech. Like Wilson, who follows with a par at No. 4, Schniederjans is on the front nine, but Ross has posted his score for the day. That leads our Lance Ringler to ask via his Twitter account, @GolfweekRingler: "Could we see @UHCougarGolf James Ross win in same fashion we saw @UNLVGolf Warren Schutte win the 1991 NCAAs at Poppy Hills? post early!"

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Update No. 5: 3:49 p.m. EDT

Let's revisit how the top five teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings are faring this week:

  • 1. Alabama: 2nd, 7 under (playing holes No. 3-5)
  • 2. Georgia Tech: T-4, 2 under (Nos. 6-9)
  • 3. Georgia: T-14, 10 over (54 holes complete)
  • 4. Stanford: Leader, 11 under (Nos. 3-5)
  • 5. Oklahoma State: T-4, 2 under (Nos. 3-5)

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Update No. 4: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Right now the battle for the critical eighth spot, the last one into match play, is between three teams – South Carolina at 3 over and UCLA and Illinois at 4 over. The Illini is about midway through its front nine, while the Gamecocks and Bruins still have players taking the course.

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Update No. 3: 3:23 p.m. EDT

Winds are a bit of the reason we're not seeing a ton of scoring this afternoon as the top 15 teams wrap up the third round. Our Lance Ringler offers a little extra insight on their affect on playing conditions via his Twitter account, @GolfweekRingler: "Greens here at Prairie Dunes can't be much more than 10-10.5 on stimpmeter due to undulation and possible strong winds."

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Update No. 2: 3:09 p.m. EDT

At the moment, no big moves are being made among the teams – each of the top 13 are between 2 over and 1 under for the third round. Individually, Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans has tied Stanford's Cameron Wilson for the lead at 6 under, thanks to the Yellow Jacket's birdies at Nos. 3-4.

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Update No. 1: 2:12 p.m. EDT

LSU is 1 under in the early going, thanks to Stewart Jolly's opening birdie, lifting the Tigers to T-3 at 4 under. Georgia Tech also is 1 under quickly, still fifth at 2 under for the week, thanks to a birdie from Richy Werenski.

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Weather forecast

It's been relevant all week, and that's not going to change today: The chance of showers starts around 5 p.m. CDT, according to weather.com, at 30 percent.

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Sunday's coverage

• Texas charges into contention at NCAAs

Two years ago, Texas won the national title. Last season, the Longhorns advanced to match play. Yet, when Texas arrived at Prairie Dunes Country Club for this week's NCAA Championship, it did so not as a favorite, but as an underdog. "We weren't expected to do well in this tournament at all," Texas junior Kramer Hickok said. "We came in as the 16th seed. We haven't had a very good year. There's been stories written about us that we wouldn't even make it here."

Fear the beard: UVA's McCarthy contends as individual

It was the day after NCAA regional play that Denny McCarthy decided to grow a "postseason individual beard." Virginia did not advance to the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club, but he had as an individual for his second consecutive championship.

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Saturday's coverage

Stanford moves to lead during second round Saturday

It was just another 36-hole day for Cameron Wilson. The Stanford senior shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 in the second round of the NCAA Championship to take a share of the individual lead and help his team top the overall board. “It was a fun afternoon,” Wilson added.

NCAA faces tough decisions if rough weather persists

Over the next 36 hours some tough decisions are going to have to be made here at Prairie Dunes Country Club – site of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. Inclement weather allowed only half the field to get started on Friday. Many teams never even made it to the course.

Notes: Alabama T-2 after 36; Auburn's frosh focus; more

Saturday was a marathon at the NCAA Championship. You had first rounds starting and finishing, second-round tee times going past 5 p.m. and some teams playing 36 holes. Alabama, the defending national champion, was one of six teams to complete both its first and second rounds Saturday.

Tee times: NCAA championships, completion of round 2

Complete groupings and tee times for the second wave of the NCAA Division I Men's Championship's second round Sunday at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan.

Foster's 68 paces Cyclones' start

It only took approximately 28 hours to finish the first round, but Iowa State competed in its first NCAA Championship in 61 years. “It’s pretty cool to look back and say, 'Wow, it’s been that long,' ” head coach Andrew Tank said. “It gives you some perspective on how far along this program has come.” Very cool indeed as the team finished with a 2-under 278 to stand in a tie for seventh as afternoon play continued.

Tracker: Stanford moves to lead during 2nd round

After bad weather called an early end to the opening day of play, the race for the Elite 8 restarted at the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I National Championship on Saturday at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., with South Carolina taking the lead after the first round. But a big start to the second round has Stanford atop the leaderboard as play is halted because of darkness during the second round.

First round concludes with South Carolina in lead

The Gamecocks got to 8 under as they wrapped up their first-round before the afternoon wave took the course – but weren't able to get second-round play started.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Hole-by-hole review, Prairie Dunes

Learn all about NCAA Championship host Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., as senior writer Bradley S. Klein takes you tee to green on each hole.

NCAA men: Staff predictions for Elite 8, medalist

The 2014 NCAA Division 1 Men's Golf Championship is upon us. Here are our staff predictions for which teams will make match play and which player will win the individual title.

Vandy overcomes Schwab injury, still confident entering NCAAs

Despite losing freshman Matthias Schwab earlier this spring, Vanderbilt has continued its path toward greatness under second-year coach Scott Limbaugh and will compete in its first NCAA Championship since 2007 this week.

Gouveia to make the most out of NCAA appearance

UCF's Ricardo Gouveia advanced to the NCAA Championship after TCU's Julien Brun gave up his spot to play in a PGA Tour event. Gouveia wants to make the most of this situation.

Changed by tragedy, Oklahoma seeks NCAA championship

The Oklahoma Sooners lost future teammate Kyle Lewis to a car accident in 2010, but have developed into a national power with the support of Kyle's parents.

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