CUTrevor 2021-05-28 16:19:02

No.4 Clemson is currently tied for 13th at +3 but they're only on holes 6-8. The leader in the clubhouse is Texas Tech at -4 followed by Sam Houston at -2.

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The Tigers finished the first round tied with Arkansas and Wake for 10th at +7. They were one of the last teams to tee off today and will be the first to tee off tomorrow at 6:30 am local time. The top 15 teams after 3 rounds will make the cut, and then the top 8 after round 4 will advance to match play, so the Tigers are in good shape, but they'll need to be a stroke or two better tomorrow.

CUTrevor 2021-05-29 15:51:00

Clemson, S.C.—Turk Pettit continued his outstanding play in the NCAA Tournament with an opening round 68 to lead Clemson to a tie for 10th after the first round of the NCAA National Tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale Arizona.  The Tigers had a team score of seven-over-par 287 on the par 70 layout that measures 7,289 yards in length.

Clemson is part of a log jam in the 30-team field with the 287 score. Wake Forest, Arkansas, SMU and Illinois are all tied with the Tigers for 10th with the same 287 score. Only three shots separate the 11 teams who are between eighth and 17th place.

Clemson has an early tee time for the second round, as Head Coach Larry Penley’s team will begin play off the 10th tee at 6:32 a.m. Pacific time, 9:32 a.m. on the east coast.   Fans may follow the scoring live on Golfstat.com.  Television coverage begins Monday on the Golf Channel.

“We played in difficult conditions this afternoon,” said Penley.   “It was hot and the course got hard (crusty) late in the day.   We are actually looking forward to playing at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow.  The conditions should be perfect at that time.    The course should be much softer with temperatures in the mid 70s.   

“I am confident we will play better tomorrow.   Tomorrow will be a separation day as the higher ranked teams will get to play in the morning.”

Pettit is in a 12-way tie for fifth place in the individual race after this two-under-par round that included four birdies and two bogeys.   He is just two shots out of the lead held by unranked Purdue player Cole Bradley.    

Pettit made a bogey on the second hole, then played holes 4-10 in four-under-par.   His only non-par over the last eight holes was a bogey on the par three 16th hole.     

Pettit, who has a 70.14 stroke average coming into the tournament, tied for third best in Clemson history, was Clemson’s top golfer at the NCAA Regional with a fourth-place finish after scoring 208 for the 54 holes at the Golf Club of Tennessee.   Friday was his seventh consecutive round at 71 or better, all in postseason (ACC or NCAA Tournaments)  play.

Jacob Bridgeman was Clemson’s second best golfer in the first round with a one-over-par 71.  The junior from Inman, SC played the front nine in even-par after recording one bogey and one birdie.  He played the back-nine even-par through the 17th hole until he made a bogey on 18.  The 18th hole was the most difficult hole in the first round , as the par four played to a 4.52 stroke average for the field of 156 golfers.

“Turk Pettit and Jacob Bridgeman played great today.  Jacob didn’t get much out of his round from a score standpoint, but he played well.”

Kyle Cottam and Colby Patton, who were separated by just three total strokes over 24 rounds during the regular season (1712 for Cottam to 1715 for Patton), both had rounds of four-over-par 74.  Cottam had five bogeys and one birdie, while Patton had four birdies, tied for best on the team, but had six bogeys and a double bogey.  Both made bogey on the difficult 18th hole.

“The 18th hole is a very difficult hole, and when you don’t drive it in the fairway it becomes even more difficult.  Hopefully we will correct some club selections and sight lines on some drives tomorrow.”

William Nottingham, who is playing in his first tournament for Clemson since March,  got off to a rough start with bogeys on three of the first four holes, then settled down and played the next seven holes at one-under.  But a double bogey on that difficult 18th hole led to a non-counting score of 76.

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The Tigers are on the back 9 of the 2nd round and in 18th place at +11, one stroke behind UGA. Again, the top 15 teams after tomorrow's 3rd round make the cut, so the Tigers need to improve by a couple strokes.

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The Tigers have finished round 2 at +11, currently tied for 15th, which is right on the cut line. They'll need to finish in the top 15 after tomorrows 3rd round to advance.

CUTrevor 2021-05-30 05:07:50

Wow, several of the teams that were ahead of the Tigers dropped in the back half of the 2nd round, and the Tigers finished tied for 8th with Wake! They have a 2-stroke lead on Vandy for 10th and a 4-stroke lead on FSU for 11th, so they are in great shape to advance after Sunday's 3rd round. If they repeat what they did on Saturday or come within a few strokes of that, they will advance to round 4, and then they will need to finish in the top 8 to advance to match play. The Tigers will tee off at 7:05 local time on Sunday in Scottsdale. No.3 Oklahoma State is the leader at -6.

CUTrevor 2021-05-30 05:12:11

Clemson, S.C-Turk Pettit once again led the way, this time with a three-under-par 67, pacing Clemson to a four-over-par 284 team score and a tie for eighth place with ACC rival Wake Forest  after 36 holes of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.   

The Tigers are nine shots ahead of the 15th place cutline that will be used after the third round. The top eight teams after the  fourth round of stroke play will advance to match play on Tuesday.  Clemson and Wake Forest are currently tied for eighth with 571 strokes.  Oklahoma State has the team lead at 554.

Larry Penley’s team had an early tee time on Saturday (6:32 a.m. local start) and the Tigers were in 16th place when they walked off the course in mid afternoon.  But the field came back to Clemson as the day wore on, leading to the eighth place standing at the end of the day.

Pettit is in strong contention for the individual championship after 36 holes as his five under-par 135 total is tied for second, just three stroke behind leader Bo Jin of Oklahoma State (132).    Pettit is tied with Ryggs Johnston of Arizona State.

Pettit has been outstanding on the difficult course where the 156 golfers in the field have an average score of 73.2 for the first two rounds.   The Clemson graduate has eight birdies and just three bogeys for his first 36 holes.  On Saturday he had just one bogey and four birdies in registering his 67, his second best score in an NCAA  Tournament round.     It was his eighth straight round of 71 or better, his fifth round in the 60s during that stretch, including four in a row in NCAA Tournament play.

Jacob Bridgeman was Clemson’s second best golfer for the second straight day after recording his second straight 71.  He had a double bogey on the sixth hole, his 15th hole of the day, but finished with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes, thanks to made putts of 20 and 10 feet, respectively.

Kyle Cottam, Colby Patton and William Nottingham all had rounds of three-over-par 73 on Saturday.   Cottam and Patton both had four bogeys and a birdie in recording their 73s, while Nottingham was three-over-par after two holes, then played the last 16 at even par.  He finished strong with a birdie on the ninth hole, his last hole of the day.

“We have to give Turk some help,” said Penley.  “He has been absolutely phenomenal the first two rounds.   He is one of the few players in this field who hits such a high iron shot he can hold these greens.  He is playing very smart, hitting irons off the tee when necessary and picking and choosing when to hit his driver.  You have to hit the ball in the fairway here.

“Jacob has played well, but just has not scored.  I know he has a round in the 60s in him and hopefully that will happen tomorrow.   His birdie-birdie finish was huge today.

“Kyle (Cottam) has gotten a lot of birdie opportunities, but just hasn’t converted as many as he normally does,  and we need to get Colby more opportunities.  William just needs to get off to a better start.  I was proud the way he hung in there today and played the last 16 holes at even par.

“I am glad we are in the top 15 entering Sunday.  It is a big advantage to play in the morning.   The way I look at it,  we have 36 holes to prove we are one of the top eight teams in the nation. Obviously we have to stay in the top 15 after the third round on Sunday, then get into the final eight after the fourth round.   Anything can happen in match play.”

CUTrevor 2021-05-30 19:15:52

TIGERS MAKE THE CUT!!! They finished round 3 today in 10th place at +16, just 3 strokes behind UNC, Wake and Vandy for 6th. They will need to finish in the top 8 tomorrow to advance to match play.

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Clemson, S.C—For the third day in a row Turk Pettit carried the Clemson golf team.  The graduate from Auburn, Ala.  shot his third consecutive round in the 60s to lead the Tigers to a five-over par team score of 285 and a 10th place standing entering the final round of stroke play at the NCAA National Tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Tigers are 10th with a score of 16 over par 856.  Larry Penley’s team easily made the 15-team cut for the final round, but now must finish in the top eight to advance to the Match Play tournament that will determine the National Champion.    The Tigers are just three shots off the eight-team cutline.

Oklahoma State has dominated the stroke play with an 828 score, 13 shots better than second-place Oklahoma, the number-one ranked team in the nation entering the tournament.   Home standing Arizona State is third at 842, while Illinois is fourth at 844.   Florida State shot six-under-par on Sunday after shooting 14-over-par on Saturday and jumped to fifth place with an 849 team score.

Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and North Carolina are the cutline in a tie for sixth place at 853, while Pepperdine is ninth at 854.  Clemson rounds out the top 10 at 856.

“We will have to play better on Monday, “ said Penley, who is retiring at the conclusion of this tournament.   “We still have not given Turk Pettit help.  He is in second place and no one else is in the top 50 (individually).  Thank goodness for Turk, who is just playing outstanding golf.

“They are trying, I know that.  It is not lack of effort.  Hopefully they will relax and play well tomorrow. 

“I was very proud of Colby and his even par round today.   Kyle Cottam has made three birdies in three rounds.   That is just not like him. Hopefully some putts will fall for him tomorrow.” Cottam entered the national tournament with 83 birdies, an average of over three birdies a round this year.   

“I know we are capable of having a good round tomorrow and getting into match play.”

Pettit had four birdies for the third straight round and had just two bogeys in firing his 68 for a 54 hole score of 203.    He is in second place just two shots behind Bo Jim of Oklahoma State, who is at -9 and 201.  Parker Gilliam of Wake Forest and Quade Cummins of Oklahoma are tied for third at 205, two shots behind Pettit.

Pettit is attempting to join Charles Warren as the only individual National Champion in Clemson history.  Warren won in 1997 with a five-under-par score at Conway Farms, a course outside of Chicago.    When Warren won, he never led until his last putt in a playoff against Brad Elder of Texas.

Pettit has had rounds of 68-67-68 for his 203 total.   He is the first Clemson golfer to shoot in the 60s for the first three rounds of an NCAA National Tournament since Warren did it in 1998 in Albuquerque, NM.  Warren finished second that year.    Pettit is just the second Clemson player to do it.  No Clemson player has ever had four rounds in the 60s in the same tournament.

Patton had three birdies and three bogeys in his even-par round on Sunday that  was his best round in 11 NCAA National Tournament rounds.    Cottam had a two over par 72, while Jacob Bridgeman and William Nottingham both shot 75.

Coverage of Monday’s fourth round will begin on the Golf Channel at 3 p.m. eastern time.  Live Scoring will be available on golfstat.com.

CUTrevor 2021-05-31 10:21:05

Georgia Tech won its playoff this morning with TCU to get the 15th spot. 6 ACC teams made the 15-team cut, more than any other conference. The Big 12 had 3, SEC 2, Pac-12 & Big Ten had one each.

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Well, the good news is that the Tigers are in 9th place, just one below the cut line. The bad news is that they are 3 strokes behind 8th place Vandy. Both teams are about to finish the front 9. FSU is 4 strokes ahead.

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Ugh Tigers are now 10th place and 9 strokes behind Vandy for 8th.

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The 4th ranked Tigers will not advance to match play. They needed to finish in the top 8, and the are in the clubhouse tied for 13th with Wake.

However, Turk Pettit won the Individual Championship! He shot a final-round 70 to beat Oklahoma State's Bo Jin by one stroke! Pettit is the Tigers' 2nd NCAA Individual Champion (Charles Warren). Both were coached by Larry Penley. 

Would have been great to see Penley win another national title in his final season, but an ACC Championship and Individual Champion will have to suffice for the Hall of Famer.

You can watch a replay of Pettit's championship-winning round on NBC Golf Network at 10:00 ET tonight.

CUTrevor 2021-06-02 01:15:02

Clemson, S.C—Turk Pettit got up-and-down for par from 25 yards off the ninth green,  his final hole of the day, then Oklahoma State golfer Bo Jin failed to make par on the 18th hole, his  final hole just 15 minutes, giving Pettit the individual NCAA Championship on Monday at Grayhawk Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pettit is the second Clemson player in history to win the NCAA Championship and joins Charles Warren, who won the title in 1997 at Conway Farms in Chicago, Ill.   Pettit finished with rounds of 68-67-68-70 for a 72-hole score of seven-under-par 273.   It is the second lowest NCAA Tournament score in Clemson history, trailing only a 272 by Warren when he finished second at the 1998 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, NM.

It was just the second win of Pettit’s Clemson career and his first since winning the Irish Creek Invitational in Kannapolis, NC on April 8, 2018, his freshman year.  The Clemson graduate finished his final season with seven top 10 finishes in his eight tournaments.

Pettit was by far Clemson’s best player of the four rounds, as the Tigers finished in a tie for 13th place with a score of 1156.   No other Tiger finished in the top 60.   Arizona State had the low score in the 72-hole stroke play qualifier at 1117.   Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida State, Vanderbilt and North Carolina advance to the eight-team match play tournament that will determine the national champion.   The Tigers missed the cut for the eighth and final spot by 11 shots.

Jin had a two-shot lead over Pettit in the individual race entering Monday’s final round.  The two battled the entire day, although the players were on opposite nines in the pairings.  

A key hole was the 17th, the eighth hole of the day for Pettit, and the 17th for Jin.  Pettit drove the green on the 318-yard hole and made a two-putt birdie to take the lead for the first time.   Jin drove the hole later in the day, but made a three-putt par.

“I figured Turk was going to need to make a birdie coming down the stretch because I thought Jin would make a birdie on that hole late in his round,” said Head Coach Larry Penley, who walked the final nine holes with Pettit.    “But Jin three-putted the hole.

“I wasn’t sure what to hit on 17,” said Pettit.  “I saw a player lay up, but I didn’t want a 120-yard shot into that hole, so I just decided to bomb it.”  

The two players were tied at seven under for most of the final nine of competition.    Pettit came to the ninth, hole, his last hole of the day, and drove the ball into a sand trap on the right side, his only wayward drive of the day.   His second shot landed short of the hole and rolled back to 25 yards off the green.  But, as he had all week, Pettit hit a great chip and made a five-footer to finish at seven-under for the tournament and even par 70 for the day.  At the time he was tied with Jin.

A few minutes later on the other side, Jin hit his tee shot on 18,  near a trap, but in the rough.  His second shot ended up just a couple of feet off the right front of the green.  His chip finished  eight feet short.  He missed that putt and Pettit had the National Championship.

“To be honest I thought I might need a birdie over the last couple of holes, but in the end I didn’t,” said Pettit after the round.

“I never knew I had the lead or was tied for the lead until I finished.  I am the type of player who doesn’t want to know.  Coach (Larry) Penley was with me the last nine holes and he never told me.    When you look at scoreboards you start thinking about winning and it takes your mind off your game.   That’s the way I look at it.”

Penley was certainly proud of his senior in his final tournament as a Clemson Tiger.  “Turk played great all week.  He was so consistent in every area of the game.   His ball flight on shots to the green were perfect for this course.  You must have a high ball flight to be successful here and that is how he plays.

It was quite a comeback story for Pettit, who had his golf clubs stolen the week before the NCAA National Tournament his freshman year.  A freshman All-American off his regular season, Pettit played so poorly at the 2018  national tournament that Penley pulled him from the Clemson lineup for his own benefit and confidence.   

“He has had some ups and downs in his career, but he certainly finished on a high note and I am looking forward to watching him in the future on Sundays.”

Monday was Penley’s final day as Clemson head coach.  He announced in January that this would be his last year.  Jordan Byrd, his assistant the last 17 years will take over the program as head coach.

When asked for a final comment as he left the press area he said.  “I know Jordan is going to do a great job.  Support Jordan and he will do great things.”

Penley completes his career with a national championship in 2003, 10 ACC championships, seven NCAA Regional titles, nine ACC Coach of the Year honors, and an ACC record 83 tournament wins.   He led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament all 37 years there was a tournament in his 38 seasons at the helm, including 30 trips to the National Tournament.   He finishes with 13 Top Ten seasons (second in school history for any coach) and  25 Top 20 seasons, more than any coach in any sport in school history.

In an interview with The Golf Channel after his National Championship victory, Pettit said of Penley,  “He has meant everything to my career.  He showed trust in me.  He shows trust in all his players.  That is what you want from a coach.”

2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament
May 28-31, 2021
Grayhawk Golf Course, Scottsdale, Arizona

Team Results 
1.  Arizona State 1117,  2.  Oklahoma State 1120,  3.  Pepperdine 1125, 4.  Oklahoma 1130,  5.  Illinois,  6.  Florida State 1136,  7.  Vanderbilt,  8.  North Carolina 1145,  9.  Louisville and Sam Houston 1152,  11.  Arkansas and Texas Tech 1153,  13.  Clemson and Wake Forest 1156,   15.  Georgia Tech 1169.

Clemson Individuals
1.  Turk Pettit,  68-67-68-70/273;   61.  Kyle Cottam 74-73-72-75/294; 65.   Jacob Bridgeman 71-71-75-79/296;  65.  Colby Patton 74-73-70-79/296;  75. William Nottingham 76-73-75-76/ 300.