WINDERMERE, Fla. — The University of Illinois took advantage of California's final-round blunders to claim a four-shot win over Arizona State at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational. Trailing first and second round leaders Cal by nine entering the last day at Isleworth Country Club in one of the best fields of the fall, Illinois posted 1-under 287 on Tuesday to win their third title of the fall.
The Fighting Illini were paced by the sophomore tandem of Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer, who finished in third and sixth place individually. Senior Charlie Danielson also had a stellar tournament, turning in a three-day total of even-par 216, including 70 in the final round, to tie for seventh place.
For the Golden Bears of Cal, who settled disappointedly for a third place team finish, the final-round collapse began early. The team's five players combined to go 14-over in the first four holes. By day's end, individual leader Collin Morikawa, as well as Shotaro Ban and Sebastian Cramption, came in with 79s while sophomore KK Limbhasut's 72 was the only respectable score from the Bears on Tuesday.
Morikawa, the first and second round individual leader who captured the 2015 Trans-Mississippi Championship, dropped back into a tie for seventh place at even-par 216.
Jon Rahm, a senior from Spain, took home the individual honors to represent his second-place finishing Arizona State squad. Fellow senior Max Rottluff, of Germany, placed second.