NCAA men's golf championship: Sulman Raza gives another dose of déjà vu to push Oregon into title
At this point, a test of Sulman Raza's blood might reveal ice.
So far in his college career, the Oregon senior has proven unbeatable in the biggest moments. Just a few hours after sinking the walk-off putt to vanquish Oklahoma State in the NCAA quarterfinal, Raza delivered the winning dagger against top-seeded Vanderbilt, beating Matthias Schwab in dramatic fashion on the 18th hole to send Oregon to the national championship.
— Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) May 31, 2017
Last season, Raza clinched the national semifinal and the national title for the Ducks, who took home the trophy in front of their faithful in Eugene. This year, Raza has administered sealers in both the quarters and the semis. He's 5-0 in NCAA championship match play for his career, and there's only one more opportunity for that record to be modified: Tomorrow's national title match against Oklahoma.
Whereas Tuesday brought two doses of deja vu with it for Oregon, the Ducks hope one more is in store tomorrow as they try to repeat as national champions. Oklahoma is a formidable opponent, but the Vanderbilt team that Oregon just eliminated was technically stronger on paper.
The Ducks are riding a torrid hot streak into the championship match, having surfed an absolute tidal wave to make an eight-shot surge that closed match play on Monday before sweeping through the Cowboys and Commodores Tuesday.
Along with Raza, Norman Xiong and Wyndham Clark also won their matches against Vanderbilt to give Oregon the victory. At least three of five Ducks must win their matches against Oklahoma tomorrow to bring home another national title. The drama starts when Xiong tees off at 12:10 PT on the Golf Channel.
Oregon hopes that there's one last serving of deja vu in this 2017 season.
— Oregon Men's Golf (@OregonMGolf) May 31, 2017