WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Things have been good lately for the Arizona State men's golf team. They kicked off the spring season with a win at the Arizona Intercollegiate, then had junior Spaniard Jon Rahm represent them with a top-five finish at the PGA TOUR's Waste Management Open. Now this week at the Amer Ari Invitational on the big island of Hawaii, Max Rottluff led the team on a nine-shot, final-round comeback to claim the team title for the second year in a row.
Rottluff, the German who won the individual title in Tucson last week, shot a final-round 64 while Rahm, who opened the tournament with a 65, posted 68 on Friday as the Sun Devils shot 17-under and won by two despite trailing second-round leaders Washington by nine entering the day.
The Huskies were led by Cheng-Tsung Pan, who shot back-to-back 65s to begin the event. With a 69 on Friday, Pan, of Taiwan, won the individual title by two over Maverick McNealy of Stanford who closed with 65.
Brandon McIver of Oregon and Scottie Scheffler of Texas tied for third at 203, both shooting 68 on day three.
With Kevin Kwon having to withdraw, the Huskies were forced to place the final day with just four players, meaning when Corey Pereira struggled to a 75, his score counted. The second-round leaders shot six-under on Friday and lost to Arizona State by two, finishing in second by a stroke over USC and Oregon.