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Texas Claims Men's Golf National Championship
June 03, 2012
Texas senior All-American Dylan Frittelli sunk a dramatic 30-foot putt on the 18th green to clinch a 3-2 win over Alabama and claim the Longhorns' third national title in the match play final of the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Sunday.

The Longhorns became the third squad to win the national crown in Big 12 history, joining Oklahoma State (2000, ‘06) and Texas A&M (2009).

Texas won its first men's golf national crown since back-to-back wins in 1971-72 thanks to a comeback victory after the Longhorns went down 2-0. The win today was also the Longhorns' eighth this season.

The Crimson Tide, which finished first in the 54-hole stroke play tournament to qualify as the No. 1-seed in the eight-team match play field earlier this week, trailed much of the final round, save for its final pairing.

Alabama senior Hunter Hamrick quickly went out to a six-hole lead through nine holes against Texas junior Julio Vegas, but the rest of his Alabama teammates were in tight matches.

Alabama sophomore Bobby Wyatt had just gone down by a hole after 16 to Texas sophomore Toni Hakula, but eagled 17 and then birdied 18 to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. Shortly after, Hamrick finalized his own win, closing down Vegas, 6-and-5, with a par on 13.

Meanwhile, in the third pairing of Alabama junior Scott Strohmeyer and Texas junior Cody Gribble, the action ended on 17. Gribble never trailed throughout the match and his birdie on 17 gave him a 2-and-1 win and cut the Tide's lead in half.

The marquee matchup of two of the best amateurs in the country in freshmen Justin Thomas of Alabama and Jordan Spieth of Texas had been one-sided much of the day and Spieth had taken a 3-hole lead on 15.

Thus, all attention turned to the second pairing of Alabama sophomore Cory Whitsett and Texas' Frittelli. Whitsett birdied the par-5 17th hole to tie the match and send fans flocking to 18.

By the time Whitsett and Frittelli were on the 18th green, Spieth had wrapped up his win over Thomas, 3-and-2.

Back on 18, Whitsett whiffed on his chip from the fringe before sending his second attempt to within a makeable bogey distance. But Frittelli, needing only a two-put, erased any doubt by sinking his championship-clinching putt from the edge of the green.

FINAL RESULTS (in order of finish)
Texas 3, Alabama 2
Bobby Wyatt (ALA) def. Toni Hakula (TEX), 1 Up
Hunter Hamrick (ALA) def. Julio Vegas (TEX), 6 & 5
Cody Gribble (TEX) def. Scott Strohmeyer (ALA), 2 & 1
Jordan Spieth (TEX) def. Justin Thomas (ALA), 3 & 2
Dylan Frittelli (TEX) def. Cory Whitsett (ALA), 1 Up

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