Texas faced an almost impossible task after falling back eight shots after the second round of the Big 12 Championship, but the Longhorns still closed strong in the final two rounds at Southern Hills Country Club.
Heading into Wednesday’s fourth and final round of the tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Longhorns sat in a tie for third place at 18-over par, six shots off the lead. If it wanted to come back and win its sixth straight Big 12 title, Texas had to put up its lowest score of the tournament.
But the final round was not the miracle round the Longhorns desperately needed.
“We knew that a great round might give us a chance to win, but we didn’t have that today,” Texas head coach John Fields said.
As a team, Texas put up a total score of 289 in its final round — tied for their lowest score of the tournament which came in the first round on Monday. Although the Longhorns did not improve much with their fourth-round score, it was still good enough to tie for second with Oklahoma State at 27-over par.
Oklahoma ultimately won the tournament at 19-over par after holding the lead through the last two rounds.
It’s the first time the Longhorns haven’t won the Big 12 championship since 2012, breaking their streak of five consecutive titles.
“We got to the last day, and we were in the hunt in the last part of the round with a chance to win,” Fields said. “It didn’t happen this time, but we have a couple more tournaments this year with a chance to win, so we will be ready for those.”
On the bright side for the Longhorns, senior Doug Ghim, who made his Masters debut earlier this month, shot a final-round 73 to finish at 3-over par for the tournament to claim the individual Big 12 title. He tied with three other players for first place.
Ghim is now the sixth Big 12 champion in school history, and the first from Texas to do so since his teammate, senior Scottie Scheffler, won the event in 2015 as a freshman.
“It’s nice to win, obviously. I wish I could have made that putt on 18, but it was a great week,” Ghim said. “It was a strong field with a lot of good players. Our conference is typically one of the stronger ones, so to be able to … say that I was in position to win a tournament like this is a great feeling.”
Scheffler also finished strong in Tulsa. Scheffler finished at 5-over par, good enough for fifth place, his best finish of the season.
The Longhorns will return to action once their seed is revealed following the NCAA championship selection show on May 2 at 5:30 p.m.