UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay's late charge came up just short Thursday in the third round of the NCAA men's golf championships and, despite birdies on the final two holes, he finished one shot behind champion John Peterson of Louisiana State at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
Cantlay came to the final two holes needing a birdie and an eagle to force a playoff with Peterson. He got the birdie on No. 17, then hit a nice drive on the par-5 18th. His second shot, an iron into the 551-yard hole, carried a bunker and rolled about 15 feet past the hole. His eagle putt curled from left to right and hit the right edge of the cup, but didn't fall in.
Peterson, who finished several hours before Cantlay, shot 72 Thursday, but it was his course-record 65 on Wednesday that lifted him to the title with a three-day total of five-under 211. Cantlay's birdie-birdie finish gave him a 71 in the third round and a four-under total in his bid to join Kevin Chappell as the only Bruins to win the NCAA individual title.
Cnatlay's effort did help UCLA finish the stroke-play portion of the team competition in first place and the Bruins will advance to the match-play portion as the No. 1 seeded team. UCLA shot a four-player team score of 10-over 288 Thursday and finished with a three-day total of eight-over 872 to claim the top spot by three shots over Georgia Tech. The Bruins will face Duke Friday in a quarterfinal match.
Gregor Main shot 78 Thursday and finished tied for 20th at four over for the tournament. Alex Shi Yup Kim had a 75 in the third round and finished tied for 32nd at six over. Pedro Figueiredo tied for 50th at eight over and Pontus Widegren tied for 81st at 12 over.