6:53 p.m. ET — Riley done as Wolff, the freshman of the year in men’s golf, clinches his match with a birdie putt on 15. There’s now the biggest party on a golf course since “Caddyshack.” OSU wins 5-0 as it led the other two matches. Terrific run by Alabama, but bad day against a great team on its home course.
6:47 p.m. ET — Hodges is done on 15, takes 4 and 3 loss. OSU up 2-0.
6:40 p.m. ET — Hardee’s match is over on the 11th hole, lost 8 and 7. OSU up 1-0.
What an unreal performance by Ok State. Nobody could beat them today! Bummed for my boys but I know they’ll be back #RollTide
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) May 30, 2018
6:30 p.m. ET — Oklahoma State is getting very close to clinching the match already. It’s been like watching two teams with magnets in their golf balls, one side has them to draw them in, the other to repel. Cowboys lead 5-0.
6:10 p.m. ET — Bauchou drained his shot from the bunker to win the 9th hole and go seven up on Hardee. It’s been that kind of day for Alabama. Even The Golf Channel announcer said “Are you kidding me?!” I’m half expecting Jay Seawell to start waving a white flag.
6 p.m. ET — Alabama is on life support as Oklahoma State continues to make just about every putt. Hardee is down six, Riley down four and Hodges down four. The guys they’re facing are ranked individually 4, 5 and 14, and they’re playing like it today. Alabama has to win one of those to even have a chance, and the Crimson Tide are already running out of holes. The freshmen are both even in their matches as well, so the Cowboys are leading 3-0-2.
5:35 p.m. ET — Oklahoma State takes the momentum back and is making just about every clutch putt while Alabama is not. Hodges, Riley and Hardee are all down three holes, the freshmen are even in their matches. Hodges, who was the first out, is on the 10th hole so they’re beginning to make the turn. … Riley missed a putt on 9 to tie his match, he trails by four. Cowboys up 3-0-2.
5:25 p.m. ET — For a little while it was looking a lot like the Duke semifinal, only Alabama was on the other end and not leading in any of the matches. Furr has retaken the lead in his match and Riley may have stopped things from snowballing as he made a birdie on 8 and is now down just three holes. Hardee down three and Hodges two. Shore just missed a short putt to go one up, he’s still even. Cowboys up 3-1-1.
5 p.m. ET — Things seem to be settling down for the Crimson Tide. Hodges and Riley are both down two holes, through 7 and 5, respectively. Furr is up one, Shore is even. Hardee is down two and had a chance to win the fourth only to three-putt and lose it. Still 3-1-1 in favor of the Cowboys.
4:20 p.m. ET — Hodges just hacked out of the long stuff on the fourth hole and made the putt in impressive fashion but Hovland still won the hole. He’s down two. Hardee birdied the first for a split and Furr won the third hole so he’s up two holes in match.
It rained a lot last night in Stillwater and the Cowboys appear to be used to the different conditions while Alabama is sort of finding it way right and adjusting.
4:15 p.m. ET — Oklahoma State is off to a good start. Hovland set the tone by winning the first hole against Hodges. Wolff did the same against Riley, and then won the third hold as well to go two up in their match. Furr won the first hole in his match with an eagle, but then Eckroat won the first against Shore. Cowboys have a 3-1-1 edge early on.
As expected, OSU fans are out in force. OSU seems to be handling the pressure just fine.
— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) May 30, 2018
4 p.m. ET — Here we are again.
If this looks familiar, it’s only been week since the Alabama women’s golf team was playing for the national championship, but now the men are getting their chance. The big difference is that the women were the top-seeded team and lost to Arizona, which was the hot team.
The Alabama men, ranked No. 6, come in as the hot team, while Oklahoma State is the top seed. The Cowboys are also home as the tournament’s host school.
Check out our match preview, but here are the pairings.
- Lee Hodges vs. Viktor Hovland
- Davis Riley vs. Matthew Wolff
- Wilson Furr vs. Kristoffer Ventura
- Davis Shore vs. Austin Eckroat
- Jonathan Hardee vs. Zach Bauchou
Incidentally, only 13 teams had both the men and women teams play in the NCAA Championships