BRADENTON, Fla. — SMU's Bryson DeChambeau won the NCAA individual golf title Monday. He finished one shot ahead of Washington's Pan Cheng-Tsung and two in front of Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart and Illinois' Thomas Detry.
Stewart, a senior out of Lexington Christian, was trying to give the state of Kentucky a sweep of college golf's individual titles. Former Caldwell County star Emma Talley, now at Alabama, won the women's title last week.
Stewart made four birdies and no bogeys in route to his 4-under 68 on Monday.
"I can't say enough about how special he has been," Vanderbilt Coach Scott Limbaugh said in a report on the school's website. "He has played so many big rounds, so going into today, you just felt like he would play well."
Stewart still has a shot at a national championship, though. Vanderbilt was second in the team standings and was one of eight schools to advance to the match play portion of the tournament.
Illinois finished at 3-under 1,155. Vanderbilt was next at 5 over, followed by Georgia and Texas (+6), Southern California (+9), South Florida (+16), LSU (+17) and UCLA (+20).
In the semifinals Tuesday, Illinois will face UCLA, Vanderbilt will play LSU, Georgia will meet South Florida, and Texas will face Southern California. The semifinals are Tuesday afternoon and the championship match is Wednesday.
DeChambeau closed with a 1-under 71 at The Concession Golf Club. DeChambeau finished at 8-under 280.
"I always felt like I could contend for a national championship, but I never believed in myself that I could," DeChambeau said. "From this year to last year, it was about trusting myself and my game. That allowed me to get here."
DeChambeau watched on TV for nearly an hour and a half as Pan birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 17 to get to 7 under. When Pan closed within a stroke, DeChambeau headed to the driving range to warm up in case of a playoff.
"I was sick to my stomach, that's for sure," DeChambeau said. "Once I saw him birdie 17, that's when I went out to hit balls. I didn't even want to watch it, anyway."
Pan's approach shot on 18 landed in a front-side bunker. He nearly holed the sand shot, missing it by mere inches.
"That was a tough bunker shot," Pan said. "You'd have to be kind of lucky to get it, get a good bounce, but I gave it a good try. It's really not an easy shot."