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Men’s Golf Shares Lead Entering Final Day

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s golf team erased a four-shot deficit on the back nine and shares the lead with No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 6 Texas with 18 holes outstanding at the Big 12 Championship.

The Sooners (+16, T1) entered the day atop the leaderboard, leading the Cowboys by a shot and the Longhorns by seven strokes, but Texas would erase the Oklahoma lead and take a lead of its own before Ryan Hybl‘s team stormed back over its final six holes to move into first at the par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club. A win on Wednesday would deliver Oklahoma its 18th all-time conference championship and second under Hybl.

“Our guys are excited for tomorrow,” Hybl said. “I know they’ll all want their moment to help this squad do something special, but at the end of the day we collectively will need to come together and play solid golf. Prairie Dunes will still be Prairie Dunes, and we’ll need a combination of great thoughts and execution. These guys are ready.”

A trio of Sooners find themselves inside the top 10 after 54 holes of play as Quade Cummins, Logan McAllister and Patrick Welch are all vying for their best-career finish at a postseason event.

Garett Reband (+9, T15) sits one shot behind the junior duo, and the Sooners have the potential to become one of four teams in conference history to place four inside the top 10 at the championship. 

Cummins (+1, 4th) opened the day tied for first and posted a 2-over 72 to move into solo fourth. His birdie on the 18th hole to close Tuesday’s round pushed the Sooners back to 16-over and into a share of first. The redshirt senior is just two shots behind the leaders as he seeks his first collegiate win.

McAllister and Welch share 10th as the teams head into Wednesday’s final round, sitting nine shots off the lead.

Welch (+8, T10) carded a 1-under 69 as he continued his upward trend posting a 76 in the opening round and 73 on Monday afternoon. The junior Haskins Watch List honoree finished T8 at the 2019 conference championship and owns two top-10 finishes this season, including a win at the East Lake Cup. His 35 pars on the week are the most in the field.

After firing a 69 (-1) on Monday afternoon, McAllister (+8, T10) used a birdie and eagle on the front nine to post a 3-over 70 on Tuesday. The 2021 championship is the Oklahoma City product’s first of his career, and he has posted a par-or-better final round in nine of his 15 career events.

Sitting one shot behind McAllister and Welch is All-American Garett Reband, whose 68 (-2) was the low round of the day for the Sooners. The redshirt senior tallied six birdies on Tuesday to move into a tie for 15th as he seeks his 13th-straight top-15 placement.

In the third round, Jonathan Brightwell (+16, T39) shined at The Dunes, burying a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to finish the day at even-par 70. After firing an opening-round 84 (+14), the All-American has posted rounds of 72-70 to give Hybl’s team back-to-back counting scores.

The top-ranked Sooners will tee off on Wednesday in a twosome with fourth-place Texas Tech (+30, T4) starting at 8:45 a.m. Co-leaders Oklahoma State and Texas tee off 45 minutes after Oklahoma. Fans with a premium subscription to Sooner Sports TV can stream the final round live on Wednesday. 

Spectators are permitted based on local/state guidelines, which are subject to change. It is requested that spectators wear masks and follow physical distancing protocols, including remaining at least 15 yards away from student-athletes, coaches and other team personnel. Spectators must also keep distanced from tee boxes and greens. The event is free of charge.

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