When you get lemons, make lemonade
The hopes of the Georgia men's golf team for a national title effectively went up in smoke in the second round of the NCAA Championships. Playing at the Homestead's Cascades Course in Hot Springs, Va., the Bulldogs ballooned to a 22-over-par 302 and went from seventh to 26th in the team race.
The next day, the Bulldogs faced another obstacle. The NCAA committee decided to cut the field from 30 to 15 for the final round, and Georgia was seven strokes out of the bump spot heading into the third round. The Bulldogs rallied to finish the third round in a three-way tie for 15th, then eliminated Southern Cal and Purdue in a playoff for the right to stick around for the last day. When freshman Chris Kirk sank an eagle putt on the 17th hole - a hole he had bogeyed an hour earlier in regulation - to seal the playoff win, the Bulldogs' celebration was similar to the one they had in May when they claimed the Southeastern Conference championship.