McGreevy wins on Korn Ferry; Cowboys contend in 3M Open

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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Max McGreevy of Edmond and the University of Oklahoma carded a bogey-free, 8-under 64 on Sunday to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper by one stroke at 21-under 267. McGreevy held off José de Jesús Rodríguez, who finished the week in solo-second at 20-under 268.

“It was really just a great week,” McGreevy said. “It still really hasn’t set in. I’ve never won a four-round event before. I’ve won a lot of three-round events but to be able to put something together on the final day and finally actually do it in a four-round event means a lot to me.”

Earlier in the week, McGreevy held a share of the first-round lead but began Sunday’s final round five strokes off the pace. On his front nine Sunday, the 25-year-old carded birdies on Nos. 2, 5 and 7 to make the turn at 16-under.

On the back nine, McGreevy caught fire with a birdie on No. 10 and an eagle on the par-5 11th to reach 19-under for the tournament.

“I was very happy to get a lot early and I didn’t have to press as much at the end,” McGreevy said of his hot start. “Getting to 20 (under) I thought had a chance but luckily, no one went too low on me.”

After pars on Nos. 12-14, McGreevy tallied back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to move to 21-under for the tournament and into the lead.

McGreevy teed off on the par-5 18th two shots ahead of Rodríguez who was still on the course. After laying up short of the green, McGreevy played a perfect third shot inside 10-feet to give himself a final look at birdie. Despite his best effort, the birdie attempt lipped out and he opened the window for Rodríguez.

After a birdie on the par-4 17th, Rodríguez found himself one stroke back at 20-under entering the 72nd hole. After laying up short of the green, he left himself a lengthy birdie putt for the tie. As McGreevy watched from a distance, Rodríguez’s birdie attempt slid past the hole, making McGreevy’s win official.

“You have to hit a couple of good shots, but eagle and birdie are definitely there looming (on No. 18),” McGreevy said. “Luckily, my heart stopped pounding there, but it was pounding for a long time. It was relieving for sure.”

In 2018, McGreevy made seven cuts in 16 starts during his rookie season on the Korn Ferry Tour. After failing to retain his status, he traveled overseas to play on the PGA TOUR Series – China. In 13 starts, he made 13 cuts and added a victory and nine top-10s. His stellar play earned him Player of the Year honors and a return to the Korn Ferry Tour.

“It took a lot for me to go over there,” McGreevy said of his season in China. “I had a fun journey with it; 14 weeks over there made me a lot stronger as a man and as a golfer. It was an experience I felt like I needed, and it made me stronger for the years to come.”

Tied for fifth in the event at 17-under were Taylor Moore of Edmond and Anders Albertson, who father Scott Albertson is a Tusla businessman. Tyrone Van Aswegan, who played collegiately at Oklahoma City University, tied for 34th at 11-under. Charlie Saxon of Tulsa and OU tied for 48th at 8-under, Tag Ridings, who grew up in Tulsa, tied for 55th at 7-under, and Blake Trimble of Edmond tied for 57th at 7-under.

Cowboys chase title

One by one, former Oklahoma State players took turns getting into contention at the 3M Open this weekend in Blaine, Minn. At the end, Charles Howell III and Alex Noren ended in a tie for third at 16-under, three shots behind winner Michael Thompson.

For a time it looked like defending champion Matthew Wolff of OSU was going to threaten, but he stalled out down the stretch and finished tied for 12th at 14-under. Talor Gooch of Midwest City and OSU was within a shot of the lead early Saturday but played his last 35 holes in just 1-under and finished tied for 18th at 13-under. Peter Uihlein tied for 62nd at 3-under, while Bo Van Pelt looked like his old self while opening with rounds of 66-68 before stalling with consecutive rounds of 76 on the weekend to finish tied for 65th.

Three other former Cowboys played and did not make the cut (Kristoffer Ventua, Wyndham Clark and Hunter Mahan). Pretty remarkable that on a week when Rickie Fowler, Viktor Hovland and Kevin Tway rested that one school could have such an impact on a PGA Tour event.

Also, University of Oklahoma product Michael Gellerman finished tied for 46th at 8-under. Robert Streb (Edmond North) and Rhein Gibson (Oklahoma Christian, now Oak Tree National member) missed the cut.

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