Illinois' Thomas Pieters wins NCAA golf title
Thursday, May 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Illinois sophomore Thomas Pieters shot a final-round 71 to win the men's NCAA Division I golf championship Thursday at Riviera Country Club.
Pieters finished at 5-under 208, three shots better than Julien Brun of TCU and Florida's Tyler McCumber.
Alabama went wire-to-wire in stroke play to grab the No. 1 seed going into Friday's match play. The Crimson Tide finished with a three-day total of 7-over par 859. UCLA finished second, two shots behind. Texas, San Diego State -- California, Washington and Oregon earned the other spots.
Florida State and Kent State finished tied for the eighth and final spot. They will return Friday morning and all five team members will play sudden death with the best four scores counting.