SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bo Jin performs golf as if he is a weekend participant with no worries. He’ll pump his fist when a giant putt falls, however in any other case it is powerful to inform if the Oklahoma State freshman is taking part in properly or poorly.
The even-keel mindset has labored properly up to now on the NCAA males’s championship.
Unflappable for the third straight day, Jin shot a gentle 1-under 69 on Sunday to take a 2-shot lead heading into the ultimate spherical of particular person stroke play.
“That is simply him,” Oklahoma State coach Alan Bratton stated. “He is so good at placing issues behind him and retains going. He is been unfazed all semester and it is good to see him present up.”
Jin led by three after a 65 on Saturday and adopted with one other day of crisp iron play to succeed in 9 below at Grayhawk Golf Membership’s troublesome Raptor Course.
Clemson senior Turk Pettit was 7 below after a 68 on one other scorching day within the desert. Wake Forest’s Parker Gilliam had the low spherical of the day with a bogey-free 64 on the par-70 course and tied Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins at 5 below.
Jin and teammate Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra’s 68 helped Oklahoma State attain 12 below, 13 photographs forward of rival Oklahoma within the crew competitors. Arizona State was third, 14 photographs behind the Cowboys.
The ultimate spherical of particular person stroke play shall be Monday. The crew competitors was reduce to fifteen after Sunday’s spherical and shall be trimmed for a ultimate eight for match play on Tuesday and Wednesday. TCU compelled a Monday playoff with Georgia Tech for the fifteenth crew spot on Aymeric Laussot’s birdie on his ultimate gap.
The Cowboys are vying for his or her twelfth nationwide title — second since 2018 — and second straight particular person nationwide champion. Matthew Wolff received in 2019 earlier than final yr’s match was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We wished the win immediately, wished to have the low spherical of the day,” Bratton stated. “We did our job immediately and the job would be the identical tomorrow, simply attempt to keep centered and win the day.”
Jin obtained off to a powerful begin within the third spherical, reeling off three birdies in 4 holes beginning on the 475-yard par-4 third. The Beijing-born participant — he moved to San Diego at 14 — spent a lot of the again 9 hitting stable photographs, however watched a number of putts burn the perimeters of the holes.
Jin hit his tee shot on the 521-yard par-4 18th into the best tough and opted to put up as an alternative of attempting to hit a troublesome shot over water from a thick lie. His third shot caught a ridge on the inexperienced and rolled to about 30 toes, the place he two-putted for bogey.
“I did not need to persuade him there to pitch the ball down the green on 18,” Bratton stated. “He thought he hit a very good drive and did not see it.”
Pettit had been regular whereas opening the match at 67-68 and had one other stable spherical on Sunday. From Auburn, Alabama, Pettit had three birdies and two bogeys on the entrance, then adopted with six straight pars earlier than a birdie on the 173-yard par-3 sixteenth.
“I did not hit it that nice,” he stated. “I hit it higher the earlier two days and made 4 putts throughout a five-hole stretch that saved my spherical. Made some good putts that saved me taking part in properly. Did not hit in addition to the earlier two days, however I scored properly.”
Gilliam, a senior from Cary, North Carolina, has gotten higher with every spherical after opening with a two-over 72. He shot a second-round 69 and put up six birdies on Sunday for the day’s lowest spherical by 3 photographs.
Cummins had a 3rd straight regular spherical. The senior from Weatherford, Oklahoma, adopted opening rounds of 69-69 with a 68 on Sunday, spoiling a bogey-free spherical by lacking a 4-foot par putt on the lengthy par-4 fifteenth.
“You might want to be within the fairway to assault these pins and I used to be lucky to be within the fairway greater than the tough so it form of obtained me off to a very good begin,” Cummins stated. “That again 9, I used to be taking part in good, made a few big par putts and different that 4-footer, it was a very good spherical of golf.”
Illinois’ Michael Feagles had 5 birdies in his first seven holes after opening on No. 10 to succeed in 5 below total, however stalled out. He had two bogeys on his again 9 is 4 below, tied with Oklahoma’s Jonathan Brightwell.