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Illinois' Pieters wins golf title

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Associated Press
June 1, 2012
— Illinois sophomore Thomas Pieters shot a final-round 71 to win the men’s NCAA Division I golf championship Thursday at Riviera Country Club.

Pieters finished at 5-under 208, three shots better than Julien Brun of TCU and Florida’s Tyler McCumber.


Alabama went wire-to-wire in stroke play to grab the No. 1 seed going into today’s match play. The Crimson Tide finished with a three-day total of 7-over par 859. UCLA finished second, two shots behind. Texas, San Diego State, California, Washington and Oregon earned the other spots.


Florida State and Kent State finished tied for the eighth and final spot. They will return this morning and all five team members will play sudden death with the best four scores counting.


Alabama will wait to see who it faces in the first round.


“They were a little nervous, but we told them the goal was to finish first,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said. “If you just try to qualify, you can fail. We wanted them to play like they have all week and for the most part they did.”



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