Cal sneaks by Arizona State in NCAA men's golf quarterfinals
This is why the match-play format exists in men's golf - top-seeded Cal edged Arizona State 3-2 in a drama-filled quarterfinal matchup at the NCAA men's golf championships Friday. With the win, the Golden Bears advance to the semifinals to face Illinois on Saturday.
Great win for Austin Quick over Michael Weaver. That kid has come seriously far since I played with him on his recruiting trip.
— James Byrne (@jamesbyrnegolf) May 31, 2013
Mickelson's men weren't done, as Spencer Lawson upset Michael Kim, the top-ranked collegiate golfer according to Golfweek, finishing the 18 holes one up on Kim.
So it all came down to Brandon Hagy and Jon Rahm, who shot a 61 on this course Tuesday. Hagy had a one-hole lead heading into 18, where he hit the approach shot to end all approach shots:
— Cal Men's Golf (@CalMensGolf) May 31, 2013
Rahm's approach was pretty good, too, but down a hole, it didn't really matter. The Spaniard couldn't hole his birdie putt and conceded the match to Hagy, who finished two up to push Cal through to the semifinals.
The match-play intrigue continues Saturday and Sunday with the semifinals and finals. Will Cal be able to put the icing on the cake of a season to remember? Check back here on the Pac-12 Post for further NCAA men's golf championships coverage.