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EUGENE, Ore.--The Texas Longhorns were hoping to win the NCAA men’s golf championship for the second time in four years since Jordan Spieth turned pro.
But after NCAA player of the year favorite Beau Hossler had to concede his final match due to a shoulder injury suffered in the semifinals, the Longhorns lost to Oregon, 3-2, on the Ducks’ home course at Eugene CC.
With Hossler conceding his final collegiate match to Zach Foushee on the first tee, the Longhorns needed to win three of the four remaining matches in the match-play final.
The Longhorns fell behind 2-0 when Oregon’s Gavin Hall defeated Edwin Yi, 4 and 3, in the opening match. But Texas battled back to a 2-2 tie. Highland Park native Scottie Scheffler got the Longhorns on the board by making seven birdies in a 4 and 3 victory over NCAA individual champion Aaron Wise, but Texas’ Doug Ghim’s 2 and 1 victory over Thomas Lim in the anchor match made it 2-2.
It all came down to the match between Texas’ Taylor Funk and Sulman Raza. Funk was 1-up with two to play, but lost the 17th and halved the 18th to send the match to extra holes.
After Raza missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole and Funk missed an 8-footer on the 20th, Raza made a five-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole to give Oregon its first national golf title.
Just two miles from Oregon’s football stadium, hundreds of fans stormed onto the green like a football game. It was the first time that a home team has won an NCAA title since Oklahoma in 1989. Former PGA Tour pro Casey Martin had led the Ducks to the NCAA semifinals in 2010 and 2012.
“I loved every minute of it,” Funk said. “That's what you live for. We didn't come out on top this time, but there's going to be many more opportunities and I'm looking forward to those.”
Longhorns coach John Fields said, “We came up short today just a little bit. The NCAA crowned a great champion in Oregon. It is their moment, and we gave it our best. We didn't lose this golf tournament, they won it. I'm excited for them."