Tech drops playoff to Ohio State at NCAA tournament

Texas Tech golfer Ludvig Aberg is expected to turn pro and take full status on the PGA Tour through 2024 after the NCAA championship tournament ends. The Red Raiders finished 16th, losing a playoff Monday with Ohio State for the cut to 15 teams.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ohio State beat Texas Tech in a playoff early Monday, making the cut from 30 teams to 15 at college golf's NCAA championship tournament.

The two teams played off for the 15th spot after finishing 54 holes tied at 26 over par. The Buckeyes won by one stroke in the five-player aggregate playoff, with each member of the five-player lineups playing one hole between Nos. 1 through 5 at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Ohio State finished even with three pars, a birdie from Neal Shipley at the par-4 No. 2 and a bogey from Maxwell Moldovan on No. 4, a 520-yard par-4. Tech finished 1-over with four pars and a bogey from Ludvig Aberg on No. 4.

The six-day tournament began Friday.

After the 15 teams and nine lowest-scoring players not on those teams complete 72 holes, the individual champion is determined and the field is reduced to eight teams for bracket play to determine the team champion. The first two rounds of bracket play are scheduled for Tuesday and the championship match on Wednesday.

Aberg, one of the nine players who advanced individually to Monday's fourth round, shot a 3-over 73 in his final round and finished 4-over for the tournament. Starting on No. 10, the senior from Sweden made two birdies and four bogeys on his first nine, took a double-bogey 6 on hole No. 10 and birdied No. 17.

The two-time Ben Hogan Trophy winner as college golf's player of the year now is turning pro with full status on the PGA Tour, a new perk awarded to the player who finishes No. 1 on the PGA Tour University points list at the end of the college season.

PGA Tour University announced Aberg's promotion late Monday.

The exemption provides full status on the PGA Tour beginning immediately and extending through the end of the 2024 season.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech drops playoff to Ohio State at NCAA tournament