MGOLF: Davis Thompson Wins Tiger Invitational

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MGOLF: Davis Thompson Wins Tiger Invitational

Davis Thompson (Photo by John Weast)
Davis Thompson (Photo by John Weast)

Georgia senior Davis Thompson picked up the third individual title of his collegiate career on Wednesday in the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner.

Also on Wednesday, Thompson retained his No. 1 position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He has been atop the WAGR for five consecutive weeks.





Thompson, a senior from nearby Auburn, wound up at 10-under 206, including a final-round 1-over 73, on Grand National’s par-72, 7,289-yard Lake Course. Thompson’s final round, which began Tuesday and ended Wednesday due to inclement weather, included a birdie on No. 17 to pull into the lead. Arkansas’ Tyson Reeder birdied his last hole to match Thompson at 10-under.

“I played well on Monday (with rounds of 5-under 67 and 6-under 66) to put myself into position to win,” Thompson said. “I tried to have a solid attitude with all the rain Tuesday and I hit a lot of good shots, but the putts just weren’t dropping. I think it was good for me that the horn blew Tuesday because I got a chance to regroup and start fresh in a way. I was able to make two solid putts today — one for birdie and one for par — and I’m just thankful I got a share of the win.”

Thompson previously won the NCAA Athens Regional during the 2018-19 season and the Jim Rivers Invitational in the 2019-20 campaign. Russell Henley holds the school mark with eight individual titles.





Thompson lowered his Southeastern Conference-leading scoring average to 69.50 during the Tiger Invitational. Eleven of his 17 rounds have been in the 60s.

As a team, the 13th-ranked Bulldogs came in sixth at 10-under 854, including a final-round 4-over 292. Auburn defended its home course at 26-under 836, while Alabama placed second at 24-under 840.

Junior Trent Phillips paced the Bulldogs in the final round with a 3-under 69. Thompson added his 1-over 73, followed by fifth year Spencer Ralston at 2-over 74, and junior Eli Scott at 4-over 76. Sophomore Connor Creasy had Georgia’s non-counting score of 7-over 79.

Phillips placed 13th individually at 4-under 212. Ralston landed at 3-over 219, followed by Creasy at 4-over 220, and Scott at 11-over 227.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Nicolas Cassidy wound up at even-par 216, including a final-round 5-over 77.

The Bulldogs will return to action March 26-28 in the Old Waverly Collegiate in West Point, Miss.





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