Strong Start, Slow Finish Leaves Alabama in 3rd After First Round of NCAA Championships
The last time we saw the Alabama men's golf team, it turned in a final round 6-under to storm back and win the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The Crimson Tide rode that momentum early in round one of the NCAA Championships but faded a little late to finish in 3rd place with a 5-under team score.
At one point on Tuesday, Alabama had tied Arizona State at 10-under but dropped five strokes down the stretch. The first round performance was led by Justin Thomas' 3-under 67 and Bobby Wyatt's round of 68.
The Crimson Tide had a chance to go really low, but the front nine (Alabama's started on hole 10) gave the team problems. SEC Men's Golfer of the Year bogied two of his final three holes to finish at 1-under. Scott Strohmeyer had birdied four of the first seven on the front side before carding a triple bogey on the 8th.
The round of the day came from Arizona State's Jon Rahm, who destroyed the course on his way to a 9-under round of 61 that included 10 birdies. That performance jolted the Sun Devils to the top of the leaderboard, where it stayed all day. Top-seeded California finished one stroke behind Alabama in 4th place. Take a look at the full leaderboard.