SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) — One big swing gave Mississippi sophomore Braden Thornberry control, and he never let go until he was the NCAA men’s golf champion.
Thornberry capped off a big year Monday when he closed with a 1-under 71 on a brutal day of scoring at Rich Harvest Farms to capture the NCAA individual title with a four-shot victory over Mason Overstreet of Arkansas. It was the first golf title for the Rebels.
Vanderbilt romped its way to the No. 1 seed for the match play portion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, which starts Tuesday. The Commodores finished 12 shots ahead of Oklahoma, while defending champion Oregon made a late push behind Ryan Gronlund to secure its spot in the eight-team field.
The other five teams advancing were Illinois, Oklahoma State, Southern California, Baylor and UNLV.
Thornberry started the final round two shots behind Scottie Scheffler of Texas, who immediately gave up the lead. After a bogey on his opening hole at No. 10, Scheffler hit a provisional tee shot for a lost ball on the par-5 11th. He never found his original tee shot and went on to make triple…