Oklahoma State sophomore Matthew Wolff lined up a 1-foot putt and tapped it in to win the NCAA individual men’s golf championship by five shots Monday at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Wolff carried a two-shot lead heading into the final round and didn’t give anyone a chance. He closed with a nice 3-under 69 round to finish at 10-under 278 to become the ninth individual champion in program history.
Wolff joins Earl Moeller (1953), Grier Jones (1968), David Edwards (1978), Scott Verplank (1986), Brian Watts (1987), E.J. Pfister (1988), Charles Howell (2000) and Jonathan Moore (2006) as OSU individual NCAA champion. With Wolff’s victory, OSU breaks a tie with Harvard and Houston for the second most all-time individual men’s golf champions. Yale holds the record with 13 individual winners.
Georgia Southern’s Steven Fisk shot 71 to take second and Arizona State’s Chun An Yu carded a 73 for third. OSU’s Zach Bachou and Austin Ekroat and Georgia’s Trent Phillips tied for eight.
The reigning national champion Cowboys finished an incredible 31 shots ahead of Vanderbilt. Wake Forest, Texas, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas A&M and SMU also advanced to match play. SMU needed a playoff to edge Clemson for the No. 8 seed.
The match play quarterfinals are scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the semifinals from 4-8 p.m. The two remaining teams will meet in the final from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday.
No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 SMU
No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 7 Texas A&M
No. 3 Wake Forest vs. No. 6 Stanford
No. 4 Texas vs. No. 5 Oklahoma