Texas tops Alabama on final green to win men's NCAA championship

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Texas won its first men's golf title since the Longhorns won two in a row in 1971 and 1972 with Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite on the team.
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PACIFIC PALISADES,  Calif. -- Texas won its third NCAA men's golf championship Sunday, defeating Alabama on a 20-foot birdie putt by senior Dylan Frittelli at Rivera Country Club.

With the five-match final tied at two, Frittelli, who is from South Africa, came to the 18th hole all square with Cory Whitsett. After Whitsett's birdie chip came up well short, Frittelli drained his birdie opportunity.

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"I don't even know what happened," Frittelli said. "It was all a blur. I just wanted to make that putt. It was amazing."

Alabama took the first two of the five matches. Hunter Hamrick defeated Julio Vegas 6 and 5, while Bobby Wyatt knocked in a 30-foot chip from behind the green to down Toni Hakula, 1 up.

Texas then won the next two matches. Jordan Spieth closed out fellow freshman, Justin Thomas, 3 and 2, while Cody Gribble went 3-0 in match play, defeating Scott Strohmeyer, 2 and 1, leaving Frittelli to earn the Longhorn's third championship.

"It came down to the last hole with two great players," Texas Coach John Fields said. "Dylan did something fantastic. We are so fortunate."

Texas also won NCAA Championships in 1971 and 1972, when future PGA Tour golfers and major championship winners Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite were on the team.

"This was a classic 1 versus 2 match up," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "You hate to lose, but Texas did what they needed to do and they are a great team."