MG: Ducks in Third Into Final Round

LA QUINTA, Calif. – The Oregon men's golf team jumped one spot to third on the team leaderboard after firing a 3-under par score to end the day at 285-281—566 (-2) on Tuesday at The Prestige. Sophomore Brandon McIver helped the Ducks stay in contention carding a 68 on the day with three birdies and an eagle to balance out his double-bogey on the 13th-hole.

"The guys were off to an amazing start, but struggled to finish on a couple of the tricky finishing holes," head coach Casey Martin said. "We just need to keep playing and avoid the bushes out there."

Stanford continued to stay atop the leaderboard but had a much quieter day shooting only 3-under to finish with an overall score of 269-281—550 (-18) heading into the final round Wednesday. Washington jumped from Oregon after shooting a 7-under card today and head into the final round at 286-277—564 (-5).

The Cardinal's Patrick Rodgers is the sole leader on the individual board with a card of 65-68—133 (-9) after shooting a 3-under card in the second round. McIver jumped from being tied at 15th after the first round to being tied for sixth with his 3-under par score.

Thomas Lim had a much better day on the links, firing in a 69 thanks to his five birdies to sit in a tie at 17th with teammate Ryann Ree. Lim was 5-under on the day until he got to the 15th and 16th-hole where he went double-bogey then bogey respectively to end at 2-under.

Zach Foushee and Ree both fired a 72 on the day for Oregon. Foushee started the day off with a bogey on the first and third hole before getting back up to even par with birdies on the fifth and seventh hole. The West Linn, Ore., native however hit a bogey once more on the 16th-hole to end the day at 1-over par and tied for 21st. Ree started his round on a much better note with back-to-back birdies, but then went bogey on the fifth, birdie on the ninth and then bogey on the 12th-hole. He then went on to double-bogey on the par-5 16th-hole to end the day at 1-over.

The Greg Norman Course again got the best of Sulman Raza on the second round as the sophomore finished the day carding a 75. Raza battled back from a 3-over score on the front nine with three-straight birdies to break even before shooting a pair of double-bogies and a bogey the following four holes. The sophomore finished with a birdie on the 18th-hole to round out the day at 4-over.

The Ducks head into the final round of The Prestige in third and will tee-off tomorrow with a shotgun start 7:15 a.m. (PST).

The 14th Prestige (Golfstat rankings)

1. – #11 Stanford, 269-280—549 (-19)
2. – #17 Washington, 286-277—563 (-5)
3. – #45 Oregon, 285-281—566 (-2)
4. – #33 LSU, 286-281—567 (-1)
T5. – #23 UCLA, 282-286—568 (E)
T5. – San Diego State, 280-288—568 (E)
T7. – #42 Texas Tech, 292-282—574 (+6) #22
T7. – USC, 288-286—574 (+6)
9. – #31 Arizona State, 290-290—580 (+12)
10. – Univ. of Stirling, 292-289—581 (+13)
11. – UC Davis, 291-283—584 (+16)
12. – Pepperdine, 306-279—585 (+17)

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