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Hogs' Reeder wins tournament in Auburn
Tyson Reeder, of Arkansas, watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during an NCAA golf tournament on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas golfer Tyson Reeder has already made his bonus senior season one worth remembering.
The graduate senior from Edmond, Okla., birdied his final hole on Wednesday morning to earn co-medalist honors at the Tiger Invitational by Jason Dufner in Opelika, Ala.
Reeder shared the victory with Georgia’s Davis Thompson at 10-under par at the weather-impacted 54-hole event at the Grand National Lake Course, the home tract of Auburn.
The left-hander had just three holes to play on Wednesday to complete his third round. Reeder parred the par 5 4th hole, fell a stroke behind with a bogey on No. 5, then posted the critical birdie on the par 4 6th hole.
“I knew I was playing well, so I just made the commitment to keep trusting my game,” Reeder said. “I knew if I parred the last three holes I would give myself a chance to win the tournament.
“I bogeyed my second hole, and I knew I had to make a birdie on the last. I just kept trusting myself and I ended up hitting it to 3 feet and rolled in the 3-footer. It’s a great feeling knowing the hard work has paid off.”
Reeder became the 13th known UA men’s golfer to win multiple events.
“Tyson has improved each year and continues to trend in the right direction,” Arkansas Coach Brad McMakin said. “He puts in extremely hard work and I couldn’t be prouder of this huge accomplishment.”
Host Auburn won the invitational with a score of 26-under par, followed by Alabama (-24), LSU (-13), Vanderbilt (-13) and South Carolina (-11) as SEC teams dominated the top of the leaderboard.
Arkansas carded a final round 4-under par to finish in seventh place at -10, one stroke behind Georgia.
Razorback junior Julian Perico tied for 13th at 4-under. Seniors Mason Overstreet and William Buhl both shot 4-over to tie for 46th, and junior Segundo Oliva Pinto was at 5-over to tie for 56th. Arkansas freshman Manuel Lozada, playing as an individual, carded a 15 over and tied for 83rd.
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