College Golf

NCAA cut to final 15, Phillips drops out of PGAU’s top-5

Vanderbilt’s Gordon Sargent has the individual lead by 1-shot going into the final round at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Vanderbilt Photo)

The leader board after the third round of the NCAA Championship looks almost identical to the national rankings going into the tournament.

The top 7 teams in the country occupy the top 7 spots after 54 holes of stroke play. Only #14 Arkansas has been able to dent the top-8.

Number 1 Oklahoma continues to lead, now by four shots over 2nd ranked Oklahoma State. Vanderbilt was ranked third coming into the championship and going into the final round the Commodores are third.

North Carolina was ranked fifth and they are one place better while Pepperdine, the defending national champions, were ranked sixth and stand in fifth place.

Fourth ranked Arizona State moved up two spots to now be sixth with Texas, ranked 7th, are now 7th on the leader board.

The top eight teams will advance to Match Play to crown the national champion after Monday’s final round.

Georgia shot their best round of the tournament at 289, but fell back two spots to now be in 12th place.

The Bulldogs are six-shots out of advancing to match play with both Auburn and Texas Tech between Georgia and the eighth spot.

The Bulldogs Trent Phillips, from Inman, shot a 4-over par 74 to tie with two of his Bulldog teammates for 34th after 54 holes.

The individual lead is held by Vandy’s Gordon Sargent who leads Chris Gotterup from Oklahoma by a shot. Sargent shot his second straight 2-under par 68 to move into the individual lead.

The best round of the tournament was carded by Oklahoma’s Patrick Welch, who shot a 7-under par 63 to climb 38 spots in the rankings and is now fourth.

South Carolina’s Evans Lewis missed the cut after shooting a third round 79 and the only Palmetto State team in the championship, Charleston finished at 73 over par in 30th place.

PGA Tour University final rankings

The final round of the NCAA Championship is also the final round for golfers to add to the points they have accumulated during the season as part of the PGA Tour University rankings.

The top-5 college golfers after the final round will earn a full season exemption on the Korn-Ferry Tour and be exempt into the final stage of the Korn-Ferry Qualifying tournament.

Players ranked between number 6 and 15 will receive an exemption to play on one of the PGA Tour’s International Tours and will be exempt into the second stage of the Korn-Ferry Qualifying tournament.

PGA Tour University has been making daily projections during the NCAA Championship. The final ranking will be released after the final round of stroke play is completed on Monday.

PGA Tour University ranking projection after the third round of the NCAA Championship.

Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman, who did not advance to the finals, had dropped from second to third place, but in this latest ranking Bridgeman is back in second place without hitting a shot.

Phillips, who entered the championship in the fourth spot, has dropped out of the top-5 based on the latest projection released on the PGA Tour University presented by Velocity Global twitter feed.

The Bulldog senior has lost three spots from the start of the championship and now is in seventh place, two spots outside of receiving the Korn-Ferry full season exemption.

South Carolina’s Ryan Hall, who also was not in the championship field, is now 12th.

Oklahoma’s Christian Gotterup has made the biggest move up in the projection climbing five spots to bump Phillips out of the top-5.

NCAA Championship scores

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