Nov. 5, 2013
NEWPORT COAST, Calif. (SMU) - Bryson Dechambeau carded a 64 during Tuesday's final round to secure a third-place finish for both himself and SMU at the Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill. Senior Harry Higgs tied for fourth to give the Mustangs two top-five finishers.
Dechambeau tallied six birdies in his bogeyless round to record one of just two rounds of 64 in the event. Dechambeau's third-place finish gives him four top fives in four events for the fall.
Higgs began the day tied for the lead at eight-under par, but dropped out of the lead towards the middle of the round and ultimately fell to fourth. The result gives him two top fives this season.
Ryan Burgess also earned a top-20 result, tying for 18th at three-over par.
SMU posted the second-best team round of the day, carding a two-over 282. No. 1 Alabama won the event, finishing at four-under overall after a five-over par round. USC placed second, three shots back of Alabama. No. 6 Washington took fourth at five-over par, while Northwestern rounded out the top five.
SMU Head Coach Josh Gregory was pleased at how well his team competed during the two-day event, staying within striking distance of the top-ranked Crimson Tide throughout the tournament. He also believes his team has not played its best golf yet, knowing that with a few more good shots the Mustangs could have won the event.
"Third is a very good finish in this field, but we honestly felt like we gave this tournament away with too many double bogeys and bogeys on easy holes," Gregory said. "You rarely get a chance to beat the number one team in the nation and we could have. With all that said, it's a positive to come so close and not play our best.
"All in all, it's a good end to the fall and it's good motivation for the spring."
The Mustangs' next tournament will be at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 23-24. SMU will then head to Cabo, Mexico, to host the Quarencia Cabo Intercollegiate. In total, SMU will compete in five tournaments in the spring leading up to the American Athletic Conference Championship beginning April 26.