No. 1 Cal edges 12 top-13 squads for team win at Southern Highlands
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- No. 1 Cal (285-280-291 - 856, -8) closed out a convincing 13-stroke win on Sunday at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters for its eighth victory in nine tournaments this season. Michael Kim (76-67-69 - 212, -4) finished in a four-way tie for the lead at the end of 54 holes of regulation before No. 13 Stanford's Patrick Rodgers won the playoff on the first extra hole with a birdie on 18.
The event hosted by UNLV at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club featured 12 of the nation's top-13 teams in its field.
Kim shared at least a part of the individual win for the fourth time in his last five tournaments and extended Cal's streak of sharing at least the individual win to six events in a row.
Kim's three-under par third round of 69 on Sunday tied for the second-best of the day and capped an amazing comeback from a four-over par first-round 76 that left him tied for 51st after the first 18 holes on Friday. Kim played bogey-free and steady golf on Sunday with three birdies and 15 pars. His first two birdies came back-to-back on the par-four seventh and par-three eighth holes. He added another on the par-four 16th to get into the playoff.
Kim had plenty of help from his teammates as each of Cal's five players finished among the top 11 on the final leader board.
"It was a great win at a great tournament with a tremendous field," Kim said. "It was a team win, and it's cool to see all five of us finish in the top 11. As for me, I played a really solid round [Sunday] with no bogeys. Even though it was a little disappointing to lose in a playoff, it was still a great week."
Max Homa (72-72-73 - 217, +1) moved up five positions from where he began the third round to end the day as one of four players tied for seventh. His one-over par score in the third and final round included an eagle on a 40-foot putt on the par-five 13th hole. He also had a birdie on the par-five ninth, as well as bogeys on the par-five third, par-four 10th, par-three 17th and par-five 18th.
Brandon Hagy (69-75-74 - 218, +2), Joël Stalter (72-70-76 - 218, +2) and Michael Weaver (72-71-75 - 218, +2) each finished a shot back of Homa as part of a five-way tie for 11th.
Hagy was never in the red but still had the best round Sunday of the trio that tied for 11th at two-over. He had an early bogey on the par-three second hole but made six straight pars and then birdied the ninth to get back to even at the turn. He fell to two-over with a double bogey on the par-three 12th. Hagy came back with a birdie on the 13th but would bogey the par-four 14th and 16th holes to drop to three-over before a birdie on 18 gave him his final score for the day.
After starting the day tied for fourth, Stalter dropped seven spots following a four-over par round. He bogeyed each of the first two holes on both his front and back nine. Stalter made his lone birdie of the day on 13 but gave that stroke back with a bogey on 18.
Weaver started his round with a double bogey on the par-four first hole and would be up and down all day during a round that included an eagle on the par-four 15th hole when his 170-foot approach shot with a seven-iron one-hopped into the hole. He also had three birdies (3, 8, 13) and six bogeys (2, 4, 9, 11, 12, 16).