AUGUSTA, GA (April 3, 2016)--No. 2 Illinois (837) out dueled No. 1 Texas (840) during the final round of the 3M Augusta Invitational and walked away with their sixth win of the year. Illinois made a big statement with the victory after relinquishing the No. 1 ranking to the Longhorns on Friday when the new Bushnell Coaches Poll came out.
Although Texas didn't win the team competition Beau Hossler (-11) won medalist honors once more. It was the fifth win of the season for Hossler and second in the last three events. Hossler last won at the Lamkin San Diego Classic.
The Illini started the day trailing Augusta by three following 36-holes of play yesterday. However, on the final day Illinois blew past host Augusta (846) before squeaking by Texas. Augusta finished in third place.
"It was a solid day from the start," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "The key to today was to get off to a good start on some of the tougher early holes. It was a total team effort, and to go out and shoot 12-under par in the last round is good golf. It was great to see Nick Hardy get out there and shoot 4-under par today as well. This is one of the country's premier events, it's a historic tournament, so it's nice to get our name on that trophy. Today we played solid golf and that's how you win championships."
Illinois saw four of their five golfers finish inside the top-16. Senior and two-time Big-10 First Teamer Charlie Danielson (-9) led the Illini charge finishing T2 after a final round 4-under-par 68. Danielson carded five birdies and a bogey during his final round.
Another two-time All-Big 10 selection, senior Thomas Detry (-8) finished tied for fourth while sophomore's Dylan Meyer (-2) and Nick Hardy (-2) were T16. Both were All-Big 10 members last year as well. Meyer appeared on the second team and Hardy on the first team.
Hossler began the final round with a one-stoke lead over three others and a three-stoke lead over an additional six golfers. Despite the jam packed leaderboard Hossler was once more impressive as he worked his way around Forest Hills Golf Club and posted 3-under-par 69 after opening rounds of 67-67.
The Texas junior started on No. 1 and did bogey No. 3 but from then on he was flawless. A eagle-3 on the par-5 ninth got things rolling and then birdies on No 14 and the closing hole sealed the deal.
Along with Danielson, Tennessee senior Chad Merzbacher (-9) finished T2. Three others were tied at 8-under-par and in fourth at the end of play.
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