Wood Ties For 27th At NCAA Championship

June 3, 2006

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USC senior Taylor Wood carded his second consecutive 1-over 73 to finish tied for 27th in the final round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Crosswater G.C. in Sunriver, Ore., on Saturday (June 3).

Wood, who battled 155 golfers in the 72-hole tournament, earned his spot in the fourth round after surviving a seven-man playoff that ended his day in the dark on Friday and began his day on Saturday with two more holes first thing in the morning.

Wood began his final 18 holes off the first tee shortly after 8 a.m. and birdied the 3rd hole to go 1-under. But a double bogey on the 4th hole and bogey on the 9th left him 2-over after nine, the first time in the tournament he wasn't below par on the 1st through 9th holes.

But after a bogey on 11, Wood's game sharpened and he birdied the 13th hole and a tough 17th hole (both par 3s) to finish 1-under on the back 9. He wrapped up play with a combined 289 (+1). Oklahoma State's Jonathan Moore won the individual title going away with a 276 (the next closest competitors had 280), which also helped the Cowboys claim a three-shot victory for the team title.

Wood's individual appearance at the NCAA Championships complemented his earlier play at the NCAAs when he was USC's highest finisher as a junior in 2005 and a freshman in 2003. Wood also was the Trojans' top finisher in NCAA regional action all four years on the squad.

For the tournament, Wood played the 1st through 9th holes at 3-under and the 10th through 18th holes at 4-over.

Wood was USC's highest finisher four times in 12 tournaments in 2005-2006, including a season-best tying tie for second at the NCAA East Regional that garnered him his individual NCAA Championships berth.

Ranked No. 34 in the nation by Golfweek.com, Wood finished seventh at the 2005 NCAA Championships, helping USC to a sixth-place finish.

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