PORTLAND, OR -- The Duke men’s golf team managed to build off the momentum of Sunday’s first round, posting an impressive 277 (-7) on Monday afternoon to grab a share of third on the team leaderboard.
With the effort, the Blue Devils now have a 555 (-13) stroke total through the first two rounds.
The field, entering Tuesday’s final round, ranks as follows:
1: Stanford (547, -21)
2: Oklahoma (549, -19)
T3: Duke (555, -13)
T3: Florida (555, -13)
5: Vanderbilt (557, -11)
6: Wake Forest (559, -9)
T7: Clemson (562, -6)
T7: TCU (562, -6)
T9: Texas (567, -1)
T9: Southern California (567, -1)
11: Washington (569, +1)
T12: Arizona (575, +7)
T12: Oregon (575, +7)14: Ohio State (582, +14)
15: Georgia (583, +15)
Continuing his dominance from round one, Adam Wood posted a three-under 68 that was capped by an eagle on No. 18. The senior only saw one bogey on the day, and now possesses a share of third at eight under for the tournament.
“The round started well with a birdie on the 2nd hole,” Wood said, “but I had to scramble for much of the remainder of the front nine. I chipped and putted very well to keep myself at par, and I struck the ball better on the back nine to give myself a few more birdie putts. I had a lot of stress-free pars and a nice birdie on 12, but to cap it off with an eagle 3 on 18 was icing on the cake. I hit a nice cut 3 wood from 251 yards out, and it landed just short of the green and grazed the hole on the way by. I made the 10-footer and gave a subtle fist pump. It was nice to finish off the round that way."
Also scoring a 68 (-3) was senior counterpart Jake Shuman, who only saw red. Shuman garnered three birdies en route to a bogeyless second round, helping him vault up the leaderboard to T13 with a 138 (-4) stroke total.
“Obviously I was pleased with the round today,” said Shuman. “I believe it’s the first time I’ve been bogey free in a college event, so it’s nice to check that off the list. The putter was key today. I made a 20-footer on the first hole and then ended up making three great 15-footers for par throughout the round that really kept the momentum. We’re due as a team for a couple deep rounds tomorrow, so hopefully we get off to a hot start and close the gap on Oklahoma and Stanford early. It’s going to be a fun day.”
Securing the No. 3 spot in the Blue Devil lineup for Monday’s round was junior Alex Smalley, who, like Wood, also concluded his day with an eagle on No. 18. The Wake Forest, N.C. native shot a 70 (-1), a three-stroke improvement from yesterday’s two-over performance. Smalley currently ranks T39 on the leaderboard.
Chandler Eaton’s even 71 helped him remain under par for the tournament, as the sophomore currently sits at 140 (-2) for the event, good enough for a share of 21st. Eaton tallied a pair of birdies to match a pair of bogeys.
Freshman Adrien Pendaries put together a 72 (+1) performance on Monday, a round that featured four birdies with two on the front and two on the back. Entering the third round, Pendaries will hold a share of 48th.
Live scoring for Tuesday’s round will be available via golfstatresults.com.