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Tracy tied for second at Nicklaus

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tracy tied for second at Nicklaus

DUBLIN, Ohio — Senior Ethan Tracy of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team is tied for second, with a score of five-under par, heading into the final round of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Tracy has the Razorbacks in seventh place as a team and just four strokes out of fourth. After a decent opening round of one-under par, Tracy put together the second-best round of the afternoon session at four under. The Ohio native was very good all day, but really shined over the second 18 holes as he carded six birdies and two bogeys for his four-under tally. His effort has him tied with Texas’ Jordan Spieth for second individually and just two strokes off the pace of Thomas Pieters of Illinois who shot seven-under par on Monday. For the day, Tracy looked much better on the front nine as he was five-under, while just even par for the final nine holes. As a team, Arkansas struggled over the first 18 holes of the day, as they shot 299. The team regrouped for the second round of the day and were eight strokes better, recording the fifth best team score of the afternoon. The host, Ohio State, leads the tournament with a team score of two-under par and is followed by Kent State and Texas who are tied for second at one under. UCLA ranks fourth at 10-over par and LSU and Illinois tied for fifth at 12 over. Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen put together solid back-to-back rounds of 73, one-over par to tie for 15th overall. Opening with a double bogey, Cappelen was back to even par by his sixth hole. Alternating bogeys and birdies through holes 10-13, Cappelen remained at even until a bogey on 18 gave him his 73. Over the final 18 holes, Cappelen started with a bogey, but this time was one-under par as he made the turn. A back nine of two-over par however gave him his second 73. For the day, the Dane played the par five holes at five-under par. Junior Josh Eure matched Cappelen over the first 18 holes of the day with a 73, but shot 76 in the second session for a first-day total of five-over par. Remarkably consistent in his first round, Eure sank 15 par putts with just one birdie and two bogeys. His second round was anything but as he recorded two birdies and six bogeys. Eure’s score has him tied for 27th overall. After a big score in his first round, freshman Kolton Crawford rebounded nicely with a second-round 74, two-over par. Crawford’s second round included three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey and was either at or just off even par for the first 15 holes before his double on 16 gave him his final score. Crawford had a difficult opening round as he finished at 10-over par. Junior Austin Cook wrapped up the Razorbacks effort on Monday with a first-day total of 164, 20-over par. The Jonesboro, Ark., native is tied for 57th overall. The Razorbacks conclude competition at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Tuesday with the final 18 holes of the event. Arkansas is scheduled to play with TCU and Texas Tech beginning at 8:20 a.m.



Sports Category : Golf (M)