Five former Georgia Bulldogs were in the field at the 117th U.S. Open and four made the cut. Two were in the top ten heading into the last day and one was in the final group on Sunday with the lead. Georgia excitement was as strong as the wind in Erin, Wisconsin, but former Bulldog Brian Harman couldn’t hold on as Brooks Koepka dominated the final round and the tournament to win the PGA Tour’s second major. There were plenty of exciting things that happened to both current and former Dawgs all week. Here’s a recap of majority of them just in case you missed it.
>> Brian Harman, who came into the U.S. Open 11th overall in the FedExCup race and notching his second career PGA Tour win a month ago, was incredible all week at Erin Hills. Harman had 17 birdies and just five bogeys in the four rounds. At one point he went 26 holes in a row without a bogey. He shot 67, 70, 67 and 72 for a -12 final score. Unfortunately for him Koepka tied the record for lowest score ever at a U.S. Open. In fact the -12 that Harman scored (along with Hideki Matsuyama) would have won all but three previous U.S. Opens. Harman still earned over one million dollars and moved up a notch to tenth place in the FedExCup Standings.
>> This is the fourth time that a Georgia golfer has finished second or tied for second at the U.S. Open. Notice how times have changed in the money they earned throughout the years.
U.S. Open Runner-Ups by Georgia Bulldogs
Money earned by UGA Golfer
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>> Russell Henley was doing great as well until the 12th hole on Sunday. He had four bogeys in his first 65 holes and then went bogey, bogey, double bogey, quadruple bogey. He had a snowman on the 15th hole. He had three rounds under par and still finished tied for 27th. Harris English was tied for 46th and had two rounds of his own under par. Kevin Kisner finished tied for 58th and Bubba Watson did not make the cut. The tour’s next major is just over a month away and will be played at The Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.
>> On the Web.com Tour, Sepp Straka finished tied for 11th and Keith Mitchell finished tied for 15th at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kansas. Up in Canada on the Mackenzie Tour, Lee McCoy finished tied for ninth at the GolfBC Championship in British Columbia.
>> Switching to baseball, Alex Wood had another outstanding performance on the mound this week. Last Friday, Wood pitched eight innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out five (no walks) against the Reds. Wood also drove in his third run of the season and his 11th career RBI. He now improves to 7-0 on the season with an ERA of 1.90. Wood’s opponents this season are batting .188.
>> One current Georgia Bulldog was drafted this past week in the Major League Draft. Southpaw Andrew Gist was taken in the ninth round (259th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays. Gist led the Dawgs this past season with a 3.80 Earned Run Average and had a 3-4 record. He also recorded a team-best 79 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings pitched. The only other Bulldog taken was a signee named Drew Walters out of Etowah High School. The All-American first team outfielder was taken in the second round (41st overall) by the Atlanta Braves.
>> After a second place finish by the Georgia women's track and field team, head coach Petros Kyprianou won the USTFCCCA National Women’s Head Coach of the Year Award. (Special shout out to Associate Sports Communications Director Leland Barrow who has to write that name out in every Bulldog track release -I bet he cuts and pastes). Previously, Kyprianou won the USTFCCCA National Indoor Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Kyprianou also became the first women’s head coach to win that award for a team that did not win the national title since 2001.
>> Staying in the same sport, Senior Kendell Williams was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Track and Field. Overall, Williams is a ten-time USTFCCCA first team All-American and earlier this month became just the third competitor in NCAA history to win at least three heptathlon crowns. The winners of all the Honda Sport Awards will have a chance to win the 2017 Honda Cup presented next week in Los Angeles.
>> Going back to golf for a bit, four women’s golfers were named All-American this season. Sophomore Jillian Hollis was named to the second team while senior Harang Lee was named to the third team. Sophomores Rinko Mitsunaga and Bailey Tardy were both named to the honorable mention list. Georgia was the only school in the nation to have four honorees. This was also the first time that Georgia has had four in one season breaking the mark when they had three on five previous occasions.
>> Also congratulations to current Tight End Jeb Blazevich of the football team. This week he got engaged to his future wife Addy. Best to both of you!
Cover photo by Golfdigest.com and video courtesy of Major League Baseball