The U.S. men’s golf team is back in the playoff picture after missing out on the NCAA title game by two strokes, and that should come as a surprise to everyone.
The U.C.L.A. Eagles defeated the U.T.C., 4-3, in a best-of-five playoff to advance to the U20 National Championships in Orlando, Florida.
The Eagles’ next match is on Sunday against the No. 4 seed University of Minnesota Duluth.
“It’s definitely a bit different this time around,” said U.F.C.’s Ryan Scott, who finished with a team-high three birdies and a bogey.
“It’s just more fun to be able to compete and have more fun.
I’m enjoying the experience.
I like the way the field is going and I like to be a part of it.”
Scott, who was also named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, finished the tournament at a career-best 9-under 272 and finished second to No. 8 seed Jordan Spieth in the FedExCup standings.
Scott also won a tournament-record 12 birdies.
“The U20 is one of those tournaments that you always want to get there.
We’re trying to be the top team in the country,” Scott said.
“There’s a lot to be excited about.”
The Eagles are in the final playoff spot in the field of 16.
U.N.C.-Chatham won the title, but is now the No, 7 seed.
They will play in the quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Georgia Southern on Saturday.
The NCAA has decided to postpone the U19 National Championship and U20 Championship, which are scheduled for next week in New York.
It’s possible that the NCAA would take the two titles off in March.
The U19 and U21 National Championships will be held in Indianapolis and New Orleans.