Pepperdine beats Oklahoma 3-2 for second national golf title

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Oklahoma edged Illinois, then closed out Arizona State 3-2 in the semifinals

Pepperdine jumped out to a quick early lead in the title match, leading in three matches.

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The Sooners earned the first point in a back-and-forth match.

Brightwell rallied from an early deficit to tie with consecutive birdies and went 1-up with a kick-in birdie on the 390-yard par-4 10th. Menante tied it with consecutive holes, Brightwell answered with two straight birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to go back 1 up, then closed it out by getting up and down short of No. 18.

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One match for the Sooners, but the Waves were leading the other four.

Joe Highsmith started strong and never stopped rolling against Garett Reband.

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The Pepperdine junior won three straight holes, the first two on bogeys by Reband — he hit near the 12th fairway on No. 11 — then a 10-foot birdie on the 12th to go 5-up.

Highsmith closed it out with a par on the par-4 15th.

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Pepperdine’s William Mouw wanted to face Quade Cummins, a member of OU’s 2017 national championship team, in the anchor match and made the most of it.

Mouw made 15-foot birdie on No. 9 to go 1-up and dropped a 4-foot birdie putt to make it 2-up up on the par-5 11th. He won consecutive holes starting at No. 13 and clinched Pepperdine’s second point when Brightwell just missed a birdie putt on No. 15.

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