Grayhawk Round Three Recap; Cameron Sisk Leads Squad with 67
--ASU will tee with Oklahoma State and Oklahoma (again) starting at 11:28 a.m. on Monday (May 31) off No. 1 and admission is free.
--GOLF Channel is live from 2-6 p.m AZ time.
One round of stroke play on Monday morning remains at Grayhawk after Sunday, and the Sun Devils have put themselves in a good place (third) to secure a spot in the eight-team match play field thanks to its depth.
For the third straight day, a different Sun Devil posted the best score.
The Sun Devils shot even-par 280 led by Cameron Sisk's 3-under 67 which included a birdie on the 520-yard par-4 No. 18 hole that has been the toughest hole on the course through three rounds.
Sisk had five birdies and is at even-par 210 (70-73-67) entering Monday's final round. That follows Ryggs Johnston posting ASU's best round on Saturday (63) and Mason Andersen leading the way on Friday (68).
15 birdies on 18 so far for the whole tournament. Cam had big one today to close the round. pic.twitter.com/zwIipE0dES
— Sun Devil Men's Golf (@sundevilmgolf) May 30, 2021
ASU sits third a 2-over 842 (284-278-280), while Oklahoma State has set the pace at 12-under 828 (280-274-274), with Oklahoma at 1-over 841 (280-279-282). The eight-team cut for match play sits at 13-over 853, with three teams tied for eighth and Pepperdine ninth one shot back at 14-over 854.
"In a championship like this to have five guys playing great at the same time is almost impossible," said head coach Matt Thurmond. "Maybe if we were on an afternoon on Thursday with no one around at Papago with soft greens and easy pins but it's hard. Everything is hard. At the same time you have to keep believing it is possible. Every team starts the day thinking this could be our day. The reality is we're going to keep fighting like we are. Some guys will play well, some guys don't. The cool thing is someone has done it every day and that's what a great team does. Someone always covers."
63/-7, Ryggs Johnston (NCAA Championship second round/May 29)
64/-7, Ryggs Johnston (Valspar Invitational second round/March 15)
64/-7, David Puig (The Prestige first round/Feb. 15)
65/-5, Chun An Yu (The Goodwin second round/March 26)
66/-6, Ryggs Johnston (Pac-12 Championship second round/April 26)
66/-5, Ryggs Johnston (ASU Thunderbird Collegiate third round/April 17)
66/-5, David Puig (ASU Thunderbird Collegiate first round/April 16)
66/-6, David Puig (Southwestern Invitational second round/Jan. 26)
67/-3, Cameron Sisk (NCAA Championship third round/May 30)
67/-5, David Puig (NCAA Albuquerque Regional second round/May 18)
67/-5, Ryggs Johnston (Pac-12 Championship first round/Apr. 26)
67/-3, Ryggs Johnston (The Goodwin third round/March 27)
67/-5, David Puig (Amer Ari Intercollegiate first round/Feb. 2)
67/-5, Cameron Sisk (Amer Ari Intercollegiate first round/Feb. 2)
Sophomore Ryggs Johnston (72-63-71) had a 1-over 71 and is at 4-under 206 for the tournament after his 63 on Saturday. Johnston jumped out to a 2-under start on the day with three birdies and a bogey on the next four holes, but ran into a little trouble on the back nine with two bogeys and a double bogey on No. 13. He came back with three pars and then a birdie after the double bogey.
Senior Mason Andersen had a 2-over 72 and now has 12 birdies through three rounds, tied for seventh in the tournament. He made a clutch putt on No. 18 to make par with a great up-and-down.
Senior Chun An Yu had a solid even-par 70 and has watched his score improve each day. He shot 74 on Friday, 71 on Saturday and now sits at 5-over 215.
ASU will try to make match play for the third time since the current format was instituted in 2009. It lost first round matches in 2009 and in 2013.
NCAA TOP-10 FINISHES (1979-2021)
33: Oklahoma State
24: Arizona State
18: Georgia Tech
TEAMS GOING HOME
Fourteen teams will head home after not making the cut: SMU, Georgia, Oregon State, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, San Diego State, NC State, East Tennessee State, UAB, San Diego, Liberty, Little Rock and San Francisco. Georgia Tech and TCU will take part in a playoff Monday morning to determine the final spot.
ROUND THREE UPDATE
GRAYHAWK GOLF CLUB
1. Oklahoma State 280-274-274=828/-12
2. Oklahoma 280-279-282=841/+1
3. Arizona State 284-278-280=842/+2
4. Illinois 287-279-278=844/+4
5. Florida State 281-294-274=849/+9
T6. Vanderbilt 293-280-280=853/+13
T6. Wake Forest 287-284-282=853/+13
T6. North Carolina 288-278-287=853/+13
9. Pepperdine 279-286-289=854/+14
10. Clemson 287-284-285=856/+16
11. Sam Houston State 278-292-288=858/+18
12. Louisville 289-288-287=864/+24
T13. Arkansas 287-293-288=868/+28
T13.Texas Tech 276-304-288=868/+28
T15. Georgia Tech 289-288-295=872/+32 (playoff with TCU on Monday morning)
T15. TCU 292-293-287=872/+32 (playoff with Georgia Tech on Monday morning)
----------------------------TOP 15 TEAMS ADVANCE TO MONDAY FINAL ROUND----------------
T17. Tennessee 292-293-288=873/+33
T17. SMU 287-294-292=873/+33
T17. Georgia 292-289-292=292/+33
20. NC State 301-289-286=876/+36
21. Liberty 295-300-284=879/+39
22 Florida 288-299-293=880/+40
23. Oregon State 286-296-300=882/+42
24. UAB 295-297-293=885/+45
T25. Texas 294-290-302=886/+46
T25. San Diego State 286-301-299=886/+46
27. San Diego 292-303-292=887/+47
28. East Tennessee State 300-291-302=893/+53
29. San Francisco 301-299-296=896/+56
30. Little Rock 294-303-307=905/+65
SUN DEVIL INDIVIDUALS/156-PLAYER FIELD
1. Bo Jin, Oklahoma State 67-65-69=201/-9
T5. Ryggs Johnston 72-63-71=206/-4
T12. Cameron Sisk 70-73-67=210/E
T28. Mason Andersen 68-74-72=214/+4
T34. Chun An Yu 74-71-70=215/+5
T83. David Puig 74-71-74=220/+10
REMINDER: Sun Devil fifth-year head coach Matt Thurmond coached James Lepp to the 2005 NCAA individual title, while also tutoring Cheng-Tsuung Pan (2015) and Nick Taylor (2008) to second-place NCAA finishes during his 15-year Washington tenure. Coach Thurmond also led UW to match-play quarterfinals in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and to six top-20 finishes prior to match play. He led UW to 12 top-20 NCAA finishes overall in 15 seasons, including third-place in 2005. ASU finished 16th in his first year wearing the maroon and gold, finished 13th in 2018 and 16th in 2019.