NCAA men's golf championships: Trojans in 2nd as lightning delays round
Lightning strikes near the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, truncated third-round play in the NCAA men's golf stroke play championship on Sunday, with USC and Oregon forced to hit the clubhouse early. Once the third round is completed Monday morning, the top 15 teams will advance to the final round Monday afternoon. The current cut is +26, 890, and any ties will be resolved. A team-by-team recap of Sunday's action:
USC slipped one place on the leaderboard to land in second place (+4) before lightning delayed its round. USC has players on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes. Supplanting the Trojans at No. 1 is Georgia, who finds itself at +1 with players still on the final four holes in Bradenton. Barring catastrophe, USC should advance comfortably to the championship round. This recap will be updated with USC's complete third round results on Monday morning.
Making a run up to eighth place and an all-but-certain championship round berth was UCLA, who finished at +14, 878 on Sunday. The team shot a remarkable -8, 280 round on Sunday to climb out of 19th place. The Bruins were led by -4, 68 performances from Jonathan Garrick and Preston Valder.
The Huskies sit ominously right on the cut, tied for 15th place (+26, 890) with Southern Methodist. They will need help in the form of failure from one or more of the nine teams still competing as of the lightning delay to advance. Cheng-Tsung Pan, tied for seventh place as an individual, led the Dawgs on Sunday with an even-par round of 72. If UW doesn't advance as a team, Pan can still advance to try for the individual championship if he finishes in the top 15, which is likely.
Ironically enough, the team that wears a color called "volt" had its day shortened by lightning. That may be a good thing for the Ducks, as they slipped from 14th place to land in 22nd place (+35) as of 6:28 p.m. ET. Oregon still has players on holes 12-15, and they will need to make a strong push on the home stretch to make the +26, 890 cut. This recap will be updated with Oregon's complete third round results on Monday morning.
There just wasn't a whole lot going for the Pac-12 champion Cardinal this weekend, as Pac-12 individual champion Maverick McNealy (+4, 200) couldn't carry the Trees into contention. Through its third and final round, Stanford winds up tied for 22nd place at +35, 899.
Despite strong play from stars John Rahm and Max Rotluff, The Sun Devils will not be playing on Monday. They finished play at Concession tied for 24th place at +39, 903. Stay with Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12.com for continuing coverage of the 2015 NCAA men's stroke play championship.