SEC: No. 1 Alabama continues to roll
Bobby Wyatt
Bobby Wyatt

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --- Top-ranked Alabama continued its dominance of the Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championship on Saturday, extending its two-day lead to 17 shots.

Led by Bobby Wyatt's record-setting round, the Crimson Tide shot a 14-under 266 at Sea Island's Seaside Course on Saturday. Alabama moved to 22-under 528 and leads Auburn and South Carolina (5-under 555) by 17 strokes heading into the final round. LSU is fourth at 1-under 559 and Georgia is fifth at 1-over 561.

Wyatt signed for a 9-under 61 to set the SEC record for the 12 conference tournaments held at Seaside. That eclipsed the 63 posted by Ole Miss' Joe David in 2010. It also is the lowest 36-hole score at the SECs, bettering South Carolina's Caleb Sturgeon's 8-under 130 last year.

"Bobby was just unbelievable today," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "He looked really comfortable out there and it takes a true talent to be comfortable when you are going low and he is truly comfortable in that arena. It was fun to watch him play today. He had a great mindset; I guess you would say in the zone. He was a true All-American today."

Alabama teammates Robby Shelton and Trey Mullinax each fired a 3-under 67 on Saturday, while Cory Whitsett and Tom Lovelady both recorded a 1-over 71.

Wyatt moved to 14-under 126 and leads Shelton, South Carolina's Will Murphy and Arkansas' Nicolas Echavarria (6- under 134) by eight shots. LSU's Smylie Kaufman rounds out the top five at 5-under 135.

"It was a lot of fun out there today," Wyatt said. "I was able to do pretty much everything out there today. I didn't miss a green and made a lot of putts and that will always result in a good round. It is a lot of fun when you are making putts like that. What makes it even better was that the entire team played well today and that puts us in good position going into tomorrow. You will take a 17-shot lead going into the final round every time."

"We talked about how we need to have a great round today," Seawell said. "There are a bunch of great teams at this tournament that were bunched up right behind us and we knew we had to have a good round. I am proud of how everyone on the team responded today. We kind of went crazy low, but we need to because it was a good day for scoring."

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54-hole stroke play tournament crowns an individual champion, then eight teams advance to match play to determine the SEC team champion.

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