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Pac-12: Cal leads but host UCLA two back
Max Homa
Max Homa
LOS ANGELES - California holds the 54-hole lead heading into the fourth and final round of the Pac-12 Golf Championship at the Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles, but host UCLA sharply cut into the Golden Bears’ lead in the third round Tuesday.

Cal, which carried a nine-stroke lead after 36 holes, carded an 11-over 361 in the third round and sits at 1056 (6-over) for the Pac-12 Championship. The Bears hold a two-stroke advantage over UCLA (8-over, 1058) and are 22 strokes up on third-place Washington (28- over, 1078).

UCLA picked up seven strokes on the leaders after posting a 4-over 354 to match the low round of the day.

“We really just hung tough,” UCLA head coach Derek Freeman said. “The guys played an incredible back nine and caught some shots, made putts, did exactly what we needed to do. We just needed to close that gap, and now its just a one-day race.”

Arizona State, which also shot a 4-over 354 and climbed two spots in the team standings, sits in fourth place. The Sun Devils were paced by freshmen Max Rottluff and Jon Rahm, each of whom shot a 2-under 68 for the round. Rottluff (67-73-68–208, -2) is in a four-way tie for third place, while Rahm (75-67-78– 210, Even) is tied for seventh after three rounds.

Cal senior Max Homa shot a 1-over 71 and is 8-under (61-70-71–202) for the Pac-12 Championship. He holds a five stroke lead over UCLA freshman Jonathan Garrick, who sits at 3-under (68-68- 71–207) after posting a 1-over 71 in round three. Garrick entered the round in a tie for third place.

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“I brought it back at the end,” Garrick said of his round. “I made a lot of putts, and I was playing with two of the best players in college golf, so to go toe-to-toe with them for 18 holes was pretty encouraging.”

UCLA’s Anton Arboleda (69-69-70–208), who opened his round with four birdies on the front nine, is tied for third with Rottluff, Michael Weaver of California (65-69-74–208) and Chris Williams of Washington (68-68-72–208). Rahm and Stanford’s Cameron Wilson (71-70- 69–210) are tied for seventh.

California, which is chasing its unofficial NCAA record of 10 tournament victories this season, knows a thing about finishing strong.

“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked to today,” Weaver said. “But we’re still in good position, and we’ve just got to remind ourselves that if we have a good round tomorrow, we’ll have a pretty good chance of winning this.”

The Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championships conclude with the final round on Sunday at 8 a.m.

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