Cal Wins Pac-12 Title In Playoff
CORVALLIS, Ore.-- For the second straight year, the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship was decided on extra holes as the sixth-ranked CALIFORNIA Golden Bears rallied to defeat the 11th-ranked OREGON Ducks at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., for their first-ever Conference title. STANFORD junior Andrew Yun won the Pac-12 individual title, marking the 12th time a Cardinal claimed medalist honors [Watch Video: Andrew Yun].
California, which trailed Oregon by six strokes entering the final round of competition, posted a 4-under 356 and needed a 25-foot birdie putt from sophomore Brandon Hagy on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Hagy finished the final round with a 4-under 68 to pace the Bears.
California finished regulation at 12-under (1428), while Oregon carded a 2-over 362 in the final round to match the Bears at 12-under for the Championship. The teams started on No. 18 for the first playoff hole and each posted a team score of 1-over. The playoff continued on No. 16 where California posted a 1-under, thanks to another birdie by Hagy, to Oregon's 4-over to capture the title.
"We chased the Ducks all day," said California head coach Steve Desimone. "They played great golf and the last couple of holes it looked like maybe they were going to hold us off. They gave us a little opening and then Brandon made that great 25-footer on 18 to send this thing into extra holes. Both teams fought all day and we were very fortunate to come out on top. Two great, great golf teams."
"The confidence that we had from the great round yesterday spilled over to today. We got off to a tremendous start, and so did the Ducks, but I really felt like we had a shot to stay in this thing. One of the characteristics of this team that has been so great is they just never quit," added Desimone.
When told there was a lot of red (denoting scores under-par) on the scorecard for the final round, Desimone commented, "this is one time in my life where I can say that I like red."
Oregon, which was looking to win the league championship for the first time since back-to-back Pac-8 North Division titles in 1976 and 1977, came up short in the playoffs for the second straight year as it finished runner-up to USC last year.
Fifth-ranked USC shot the best score of the day with an 8-under 352 and finished third at 8-under (1432) for the Championship, while second-ranked UCLA placed fourth at 7-under (1433).
Yun, who started the day one stroke back of Oregon seniors Daniel Miernicki and Eugene Wong, shot a 4-under 68 to grab medalist honors with a 13-under 275 (68-70-69-68). Yun becomes the first Stanford player to win the individual championship since Jim Seki in 2002, which also occurred at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
"It hasn't sunk in yet, but it sounds great to be Pac-12 medalist," said Yun.
It was a roller coaster front nine for Yun, who posted three bogies, three birdies and an eagle. "It was crazy, I started off with two birdies, so I as feeling really good about myself. Then I had three bogies on 4, 5 and 7 - they were pretty bad bogies. It kind of brought me back to reality and I told myself to focus again and right the ship. I then holed out my second shot on No. 8 for an eagle and it was ridiculous. From then on, I kind of got the momentum going and finished off pretty well," added Yun.
Miernicki finished in second at 11-under 277 (68-72-66-71), while Wong posted a 9-under 279 (69-68-69-73) to finish in a tie for third with USC junior Sam Smith. Smith carded his second straight 5-under to get to 9-under (77-68-67-67) for the Championship.
2012 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship
April 27-29, 2012 - Corvallis, Ore.
Trysting Tree Golf Club - Par 72 - 7030 yards
Final Team Results
1. California 359-365-348-356 (1428, -12)
Oregon 364-358-344-362 (1428, -12)
3. USC 368-356-356-352 (1432, -8)
4. UCLA 367-352-351-363 (1433, -7)
5. Oregon State 362-365-353-367 (1447, +7)
6. Stanford 373-360-350-362 (1448, +8)
7. Washington 368-366-369-364 (1467, +27)
8. Colorado 368-369-367-367 (1471, +31)
9. Washington State 371-362-363-387 (1483, +43)
10. Arizona 378-372-378-369 (1493, +53)
11. Arizona State 374-375-370-376 (1499, +59)
12. Utah 382-382-375-375 (1514, +74)
* - California defeated Oregon on the second playoff hole.