Watts & Tomlinson Inside Top-15 Heading into Final Round
SAMMAMISH, Wash. – The third round of play at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon and Blake Tomlinson had the shot of the day, recording a hole-in-one on his final hole of the round at the par three ninth to turn in a 2-under 69.
"We had three good rounds today and Braxton's final nine holes were really good. He's been playing some great golf this week," head coach Garrett Clegg said. "We still haven't played the way we want, however it was a solid day and we are excited for the final round tomorrow!."
Starting on the back nine, a crucial stretch of the course, Tomlinson took advantage with a birdie on two of the three opening holes. Tomlinson parred out on the rest of the back nine and after making the turn would pencil a double bogey, birdie and bogey through eight holes. Stepping up to the tee box on the ninth, Tomlinson hunted the flag and dropped the shot right next to the hole with some spin to track back into the cup for the ace. It's the first hole-in-one since 2019 and just the second time a Ute has recorded one at the Pac-12 Championships.
Tomlinson climbed the leader board 16 spots and sits T-12th entering the final round tomorrow.
Leading the Utes after three rounds of play is freshman Braxton Watts. Watts started his third round off slow collecting three bogeys on his opening nine, but would bounce back in a strong way penciling five birdies on his second nine to shoot 2-under (69) on the day. Watts jumped nine positions with his play and is T-7th.
Watts and Tomlinson's 54-hole scores of 213 (E) and 214 (+1) put them in a tie for fifth and sixth in program history for the lowest scores at a conference championship, respectively. Watts is 10 strokes off the lead while Tomlinson is 11 strokes back.
Javier Barcos started the day with a double-bogey on the opening hole but started to settle in with a couple birdies on his first nine and another two on the back. Even with a triple-bogey on the card, Barcos finished with a 72 (+1) and sits in T-26th (218, +5).
Tristian Mandur turned in a 78 (+7) in his third round to stay inside the top-50 (T-47th, 223, +10) as Oscar Maxfield carded his best round of the tournament, picking up three birdies to shoot a 75 (+4) and slip one spot back into T-64th (230, +17).
Martin Leon rounded out the Utes shooting an 85 (+14) and remains in 71st (245, +32).
As a team, the Utes move up two spots and are T-7th with USC with a team score of 1098 (+33).
The Utes are back on the course tomorrow morning starting at 8:35 a.m. MT for the fourth and final round of the Pac-12 Championships. Utah will join USC and Oregon State starting on the back nine for the second consecutive day.
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