VIDEO: McNealy's lifetime best 61 leads Stanford to Pac-12 title
Maverick McNealy
Maverick McNealy

PULLMAN, Wash. — One of the hottest college golfers in the nation right now is Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy.

The native of Portola Valley, Calif., and son of Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, set multiple records on Wednesday while leading his Cardinal to their second straight Pac-12 Conference title. His final-round 61 is the collegiate course record at Palouse Ridge, and his 72-hole total of 18- under 262 is a Pac-12 Championships record.

The individual win for McNealy is his fifth of the 2014-2015 season, and third of the spring to go along with victories at The Prestige at PGA West and The Goodwin. Winning by ten shots over Oregon freshman Aaron Wise, McNealy led the Cardinal in a 10-under final round, where he accounted for nine of that.

McNealy's 61, which featured nine birdies and was bogey-free, tied the Stanford 18-hole record, held by Cameron Wilson and Tiger Woods.

“The game plan for the start of the day was to be patient and to press my advantage when I got it,” said McNealy. “It felt great from the get go. I was thinking pedal to the metal, because obviously our team was in it and it didn’t really matter how the individual thing was shaking out anymore, but I wanted to get more birdies to help the team.”

Sophomore Viraat Badhwar fired 68, and junior David Boote and freshman Jeff Swegle posted 70 as Stanford came from nine back to win by 14 over Oregon, and by 15 over third-round leaders Arizona State.

Looking for their first Pac-12 title since 2008, the Sun Devils shot the third highest team total of the final day to reluctantly settle for third place. Though top-ranked junior Jon Rahm carded 68, the five others shot two-over or higher.

Wise, the Ducks' only freshman at the championship, took second place with a final- round 67. Junior Zach Foushee was impressive, as well, tying for sixth place and shooting 68 on Wednesday.

The video below is courtesy Pac-12 Networks. If you are on a mobile device, flip it sideways and push the play button to watch.

Results: Pac-12 Championship
1CAMaverick McNealyPortola Valley, CA80065-68-68-61=262
2CAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA50065-70-70-67=272
T3CAJonathan GarrickAtherton, CA40069-72-70-65=276
T3AZGeorge CunninghamTuscon, AZ40071-70-68-67=276
5WABroc JohnsonAuburn, WA40069-72-65-73=279

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72-hole men's collegiate championship of the Pac-12 Conference with simultaneous team and individual competitions. Unlike most college tournaments, the best five scores of six players account for the team score each day.

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