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Red Raiders Lead Big 12 Championships After Three Rounds
TRINITY, Texas – The 2014 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship is down to a two-team race.
No. 42 Texas Tech will battle No. 14 Texas for the tournament title on Sunday morning as the two teams have completely separated themselves from the rest of the championship field. The Red Raiders hold a one-stroke advantage (2-over, 866) over the Longhorns (3-over, 867) and are 17 strokes ahead of third place Iowa State (19-over, 883). Second-ranked Oklahoma State and TCU are tied for fourth place at 23-over, 887.
Texas Tech will be seeking its first Big 12 Championship.
“We've never been there so we're going to do keep doing the things we're doing,” Head Coach Greg Sands said. “I'm going to try and keep it the same. I don't think it'd be fair to treat it any differently. These guys have played well when the pressure is on and I don't see why we wouldn't do that again tomorrow."
Junior Henry Todd turned in a spectacular performance in today’s third round as he carded a 3-under, 69 to move from a tie for 24th after round two to a tie for ninth place. Todd notched five birdies on the day, including three on the back nine.
"Yesterday, I struggled getting things going, I was missing putts but today I hit the ball really well,” Todd said. “I started making some putts and when you start making putts you can feed off everything. I think the experience we all have at this golf course has done dramatic things for us. We all feel like this is a golf course we can win on."
Junior Esteban Restrepo, the tournament leader after two rounds, struggled to a 7-over finish today but continues to lead the team on the individual leaderboard as he is tied for seventh with teammate Clement Sordet.
Sordet was another reason for Texas Tech’s rise to the top of the team rankings as he turned in a 2-under, 70 scorecard. Sordet moved up 11 spots on the individual leaderboard today after finishing 3-over, 149 on Friday. His birdie on 17 clinched the one stroke lead for Texas Tech.
Freshman Hannes Ronneblad continues to play his best golf of the season and is currently tied for ninth place overall. Ronneblad shot even par today, including three birdies on the back nine.
The top six teams in the standings, including Texas Tech and Texas, will tee off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday in an effort to avoid potential inclement weather that is forecasted for the afternoon. Live scoring can be followed on golfstat.com.