Even without a win this week, former NCAA’ers still made their presence at the Memorial Tournament known. 59 former college golfers representing 40 colleges or universities from 17 conferences cashed checks totaling more than $3.75M. Illinois was the biggest mover of the week. Former Illini are now ranked #17 on the PGA Tour – up from #23 last week. Led by Steve Stricker’s T6 and Luke Guthrie’s T8, Illinois cashed $421.5k in checks this week at Muirfield Village. It was still a what-could-have-been type of Sunday for Scott Langley who finished T28 with a closing round of 79. No worries for Illinois however – they can still lay claim to the last Big 10 win on the PGA Tour – D.A. Points in Houston in 2013 and are certain to be among the top 25 programs on the PGA Tour for a long time coming.
Despite not claiming a win in Houston from either Matt Kuchar or Cameron Tringale, the Yellow Jackets on the PGA Tour took a significant step towards reeling in #1 ranked Georgia.
There were plenty of good stories this past week in professional golf but none better (unless you are Woody Austin) than Phil Mickelson winning his 1st Open Championship at Muirfield. I’m never disappointed to see Phil win, even if there are others in the field I’d rather see win more. He’s a great champion, a great ambassador for the game and a great ambassador for Arizona State. Despite all of the action on the PGA Tour this weekend, the top 12 NCAA programs in the top 25 rankings all remained unchanged. Phil’s win brought ASU within striking distance of Oklahoma State for the #3 rank, but both programs are still a pretty distant second to both Georgia Tech and Georgia who have been the class of the PGA Tour all season long.
Arizona State moves up in the team rankings this week from no.11 to no. 4 after the Phoenix Open win from Phil Mickelson. This spot has proven to be a comfortable for former Sun Devils on the PGA Tour.
The field is set for the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship and the #1 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are exposed. OSU has only 3 Rivals Cup eligible players with tee times. While it’s extremely unlikely that there will be a new number 1 on Monday, several schools are poised to close the gap.
The 2012 PGA Tour season has not been short on exciting finishes and this weekend at Riviera was no different. I have to admit that I was pulling hard for Mickelson to win so that the PAC12 would close the rankings gap on the ACC on the PGA Tour, but honestly how can you not be a fan of Bill Haas???…or Keegan Bradley for that matter???
Another exciting Sunday on the PGA Tour this past weekend. I had predicted early (via Twitter) in the tournament, that the PAC12 conference would make a move up the Rivals Cup rankings, and they did…just not with the guy I thought would get the win.
Of the 24 players in the 2011 Presidents Cup, 13 played college golf in the United States. All 12 of the U.S. Team members pegged it in the NCAA as did one member of the International Team – Adam Scott, who played at UNLV.
Jered Weaver was the leading point-earner for Long Beach State. We are currently working on some MLB playoff posts, but as a matter of house-keeping, here are you final rankings for the 2011 MLB season. While there aren’t many surprises since the last rankings update, I’m guessing only astute baseball fans would have known that 2 of the 5 top schools having the biggest impact in the MLB would be Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton. First visit here? Check out the scoring system explanation here. Here are the top 5 at the close of the regular season (top 25 here): Rank Team Points Rank Conference Points 1 Long Beach State 1,285.68 1 SEC 4,404.80 2 Miami 1,207.47 2 PAC 12 4,167.65 3 Arizona State 897.68 3 ACC 3,650.15 4 Tennessee 818.37 4 Big West 3,393.07 5 Cal State Fullerton 807.95 5 Big 12 2,196.42
Bill Haas and Webb Simpson have Wake Forest ranked #2 on the PGA Tour. So the race for the FedExCup on the PGATour has reached it’s final stop and the field is down to 30 players. Of those 30 players, 21 played college golf in the United States and they represent 17 schools from 9 athletic conferences. Oklahoma State has lead the Rivals Cup rankings since late April, so it’s only fitting that the Cowboys are the only school with 3 players remaining in the race for the FedExCup. Wake Forest and Arizona State both send two former team members to East Lake and they currently rank #2 and #4 respectively. The most impressive fact amongst these three schools is that ASU and OSU have both had 7 former team members earn points for their schools, while Wake Forest has done it with only 2. In the conference division, the …
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