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Former Alabama star Justin Thomas didn’t win U.S. Open but he did set record

Robby Shelton was a weekend professional golf winner

Former Alabama golf standout Justin Thomas wasn’t able to continue his hot play and perhaps win the United States open, but Thomas is likely to be talked about for many U.S. Open tournaments to come. In the third round of the tournament at lengthy Erin Hills in Wisconsin, Thomas made U.S. Open history on Saturday when he carded a round of 9-under 63 – the lowest round vs. par in the tournament’s 117-year history. He matched the record set by Johnny Miller, who shot a round of 63 during the 1973 U.S. Open.
It was part of a big weekend for alumni of Coach Jay Seawell’s Alabama men’s golf program.
Thomas entered Sunday’s final round just one stroke back of the overall lead, but carded a 3-over par 75 during his final round to end the event tied for ninth with a 72-hole total of 8-under 280 (73-69-63-75). Thomas, who ranks second in the 2017 FedEx Cup standings following the U.S. Open, recorded his best finish at any of the PGA’s four major tournaments.
Trey Mullinax matched Thomas, his former teammate at Alabama, with a ninth-place showing at the U.S. Open – his first PGA major event. Mullinax, who teamed up with Thomas on the Tide’s 2013 NCAA national championship team, ended with a score of 8-under par 280 (71-72-69-68). His tournament was highlighted by a 4-under par 68 on Sunday, including birdies on holes No. 16, 17 and 18, to finish the day with the third-best score of the final round.
In addition to the fine play by former Tiders in the U.S. Open, current Alabama golfer  Jonathan Hardee and former standout Robby Shelton each won a tournament.
Hardee was the first to claim a victory as he captured the 88th Southeastern Amateur championship at the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga., on Saturday afternoon. Hardee, who entered the final round of play two strokes back of the lead, finished with a final round total of 5-under par 65 to close the event with a four-day score of 18-under par 262 (65-66-66-65).
Hardee, who finished in 19th place at last month’s NCAA Championships, claimed the victory by four strokes ahead of current Georgia Tech golfer and Columbus, Ga., native James Clark (-14, 266). Hardee was one of two current Alabama golfers to finish among the top-15 in the field, as rising senior Steven Setterstrom closed play in 15th with a 1-under par 279 (70-71-68-70).
Another former Alabama great, Robby Shelton, led wire-to-wire as he captured the title at the GolfBC Championship – his first career professional win – on the Mackenzie Tour (Canadian PGA). Shelton, who is in his first year as a professional, finished with at 19-under par 265 (63-68-65-69) to claim a one-stroke victory. The win puts Shelton atop the Order of Merit through three events, in position to earn Web.com Tour status for the 2018 season.


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