DeChambeau earns top honors, Mustangs finish second overall

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Bryson Dechambeau finished the Erin Hills Intercollegiate with a perfect final round to earn individual medalist honors and the second win of his collegiate career on Tuesday.

The SMU junior from Clovis, California finished at 4-under par for the tournament to edge out UCLA’s Manav Shah and Lorens Chan by one shot.

DeChambeau’s tallied three birdies and no bogeys in his final round to give him a total of 11 birdies in the tournament.

Lat year, DeChambeau tied for third at the 2013 Erin Hills Intercollegiate, despite leading for most of the final round.

“It’s great to come back from last year’s letdown and win at one of my favorite places,” DeChambeau said. “Even though we didn’t get the win I’m still proud of everyone on the team. They all fought hard and did their best. I’m not sure that any other team in the country could have played as well as UCLA did today, so hats off to them.”

SMU (No. 20) was in the lead for part of the day but surrendered the top spot to No.9 UCLA by the end of the day.

A DeChambeau birdie after the S par-four eighth hole gave SMU a lead, but the Mustangs would trade the lead with UCLA over the next few holes.

Ultimately an eagle from UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick sealed the Bruin’s victory.

The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate is up next for the Mustangs, who will compete in the tournament on Oct. 27 in Dallas. Notes:

Andrew Buchanan earns first collegiate top five. The SMU sophomore finished 1-under to tie for fourth overall. He carded a career-low 68 with five birdies to give SMU its lowest score of the day but also tied the event lead with 12 birdies overall.

Ben Baxter shot a 1-over 73. The Freshman earned his second straight top-10 finish (seventh) to begin his collegiate career.

Final Results of the tournament: UCLA won with a final score of 5-under with SMU following at 7-over. Host Marquette (14-over), Northwestern (16-over) and No. 11 USF (18-over) rounded out the top five.

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