PULLMAN, Wash. — Arizona State is looking for their first Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship title since 2008, and up by nine heading to Wednesday's final, they're one step closer.
The Sun Devils, playing Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., are leading by nine strokes over Stanford, and by 13 over second-round leaders USC. Stanford are the defending champions while USC have not won since 2011.
Senior Broc Johnson is the surprise leader for ASU, shooting 65 in Tuesday's third round for the lowest score of the day. The senior from Auburn, Wash. is back in his home state, and making a big difference for his team. At four-under par 206, Johnson is tied for fourth place individually, five back of Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy.
Led by international juniors Jon Rahm and Max Rottluff for the majority of the spring, the Sun Devils have won five times, and are looking for more, as well as a possible No. 1 seed at NCAA Regionals.
Rottluff, of Germany is tied for 10th at even-par while Rahm struggled on Tuesday, shooting 74. The Sun Devils' eight-under par total from Tuesday jumped them clear over the second-round leading Trojans, who dropped into third with a disappointing 11-over in round three.
Aside from Johnson's 65, ASU received stellar rounds from sophomore Nicolo Galletti (67) and Rottluff (67).
McNealy's Cardinal team moved into second place after posting four-under on Tuesday. Along with 68 from McNealy, Stanford benefited from another 68 by Jeff Swegle, 67 from Franklin Huang, and 69 by David Boote.
Tomorrow's final round with be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.