Oct. 9, 2012
You wouldn't be able to tell by looking at his scores that Jon Rahm Rodriguez is a freshman--but he is.
The first-year golfer from Spain put together a round of eight-under par 64 in the second round of the Pac-12 Preview on Oct. 8, but wasn't done there, though, as he followed it up with a seven-under par 65 in the final round to place himself in second place at the tournament's conclusion.
Rahm Rodriguez, after shooting a five-over par 77 in the first round in North Plains, Ore., then shot a combined 15-under par in the final 36 holes to finish at 10-under par 206. During that time he birdied 13 holes and eagled twice, while only bogeying two holes. It took a final round of 66 from Washington's Trevor Simbsy to capture the individual win as he finished one stroke ahead of Rahm Rodriguez, who leaped 12 spots on Tuesday.
Collectively, the Sun Devils put together their best tournament of golf so far this season, finishing at two-under par 862. They tied for fifth with Oregon State.
Fellow-freshman Alberto Sanchez also didn't disappoint after a strong second round. He capped off his play with a one-under par 71 to put him at four-under par for the tournament. He finished tied for 14th and only had one round above par, where he shot a 73.
Mathias Schjoelberg, who was tied for 31st coming into the final round, slipped on Tuesday and completed the tournament in 41st with an eight-over par 224. Austin Quick finished tied for 45th with a nine-over par 225, while Spencer Lawsonfinished tied for 52nd with a 13-over par 229.
Cal took home the team trophy with an impressive score of 29-under par 835. Washington finished second, seven strokes behind, while USC took third.