March 17, 2013
TUSCON, Ariz. (SMU) - Bryson Dechambeau shot a two-under 70 in the final round and was in contention for his first career victory at the Don Puckette NIT, but ultimately finished tied for third. 18th-ranked SMU finished in sixth after spending much of the round in the top five.
Dechambeau continued his strong play this season, picking up his fourth top-10 and third top-five finish.
"Bryson played great," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "He proved again why he is one of the top freshmen in the country. He had a great finish in a strong field. He had a chance to win, which is huge for his confidence."
Overall, SMU had a very strong day. Three double bogeys on the 18th hole dismantled what could have been an even stronger result for the Mustangs.
"We played well, we just had a bad finish with three doubles on the last hole, which is very disappointing obviously," Gregory said. "You hate giving away spots in a tournament. We have to find a way to chip and putt better and finish better if we want to win."
No. 3 New Mexico won the event by one stroke over No. 8 TCU. 13th-ranked Oklahoma State finished third, and 19th-ranked Arkansas and Texas A&M rounded out the top five.
T3 - Bryson Dechambeau - 71-69-70=210 (-6)
T14 - Harry Higgs - 72-69-73=214 (-2)
T39 - Austin Smotherman - 73-73-74=220 (+4)
T44 - Mario Clemens - 72-73-76=221 (+5)
T51 - Ryan Burgess* - 73-73-77=223 (+7)
57 - David Lee - 80-71-73=224 (+8)
* - played as an independent