Jon Rahm tied for second at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Golf Club (par 72/6,819 yards) in Simi Valley, Calif. on Tuesday, as the sophomore finished at 9-under 207 (67-70-70) that included 13 birdies. Daniel Chian of Long Beach State won the individual title at 10-under 206 (72-68-66), while Cal State Fullerton shot 15-under 849 (288-280-281) to win the 20-team event.
With its third-place finish in the 20-team field, the Sun Devils are now 56-7-1 in head-to-head competition.
Rahm has now played 58 rounds in his 19-tournament career and has had his score count 57 times. He has shot par or better in 32 rounds and has 19 rounds in the 60s.
Sun Devil freshman Nicolo Galletti finished at even-par 216 (73-68-75) and tied for 19th. Sophomore Alberto Sanchez (73-70-74) and junior Broc Johnson (75-71-71) tied for 23rd at 1-over 217, and junior Austin Quick tied for 35th at 4-over 220 (71-71-78).
ASU will finish its fall schedule at the Hawaii Kauai Invitational Nov. 4-6 and then will open its spring schedule in Waikoloa, Hawaii, Feb. 4-6, at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate.
SUN DEVIL HISTORY IN THE TOURNAMENT: The tournament has been played every year since 1996 and Sun Devils have had good success in this event. Rahm shot 12-under 204 last year (72-65-67) to win the tournament, while Spencer Fletcher won the event in 2011 with an 8-under 208 (68-72-68). ASU tied with Long Beach for the team title in 2011. Back in 2008, Tristan Bierenbroodsot shot a 10-under 206 (66-67-71) to win the event.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: The 18-year old tournament recently changed its name to the "The Cullum Invitational" after the legendary Northridge men's golf coach. In previous years, the tournament has been called "The Countrywide Invitational" and in 2006 was renamed "The Bill Cullum/Countrywide Invitational.”
EAGLE UPDATE: Jon Rahm’s nine eagles last year was tied for the best mark in the nation with Xander Schauffele of San Diego State. That also was the most by a Sun Devil in the past 20 seasons, topping Paul Casey’s eight eagles in his freshman season of 1997-98. Jon had three of them in the Tucker Invitational in late September and posted one in the first round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, bringing his career total to 13. Since Golfstat began tracking in 1993-94, only four Sun Devils have more career eagles than Jon Rahm.
MOST SUN DEVIL CAREER EAGLES (1993-94 TO PRESENT)
Scott Pinckney (2007-11), 16
Niklas Lemke (2003-07), 16
Alejandro Canizares (2002-06), 15
Paul Casey (1997-2001), 14
Jon Rahm (2012-present), 13
BACK IN GOLF WORLD POLL: The Sun Devils returned to the Golf World poll this fall (No. 21 in latest poll). It marked the first Golf World top-25 ranking since ASU was No. 23 on Oct. 4, 2010. ASU wants to get back to where it once was with regards to rankings. ASU has been in 65 of the 105 polls Golf World has published since it started rankings in 2001-02. It reached No. 2 on Oct. 19, 2009, was in the top-five seven times (last time was Nov. 30, 2009) and was in the top-10 33 times (last was on May 24, 2010).