More struggles for Missouri's Long at NCAA men's golf championship

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 9:24 p.m. CDT

Missouri sophomore Jace Long finished as one of 10 golfers tied for 56th place Thursday at the NCAA men's golf championship after shooting a 6-over-par 78 in the third and final round of play at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

The Dixon native showed promise early in Thursday's round, posting a 1-over 37 on the front nine, but fell apart on the back nine with double bogeys on the par-5 10th and 14th holes. The 10th and 14th have plagued Long throughout the event. After Thursday, he was a combined 6-over for the tournament on those holes. His back-nine total swelled to a 6-over-par 42 for the second consecutive day.

Despite firing a first-round 70 Tuesday that left him tied for tied for fifth, Long began play Thursday in an 11-way tie for 36th place at 3-over par for the tournament.

LSU's John Peterson held off a late charge from UCLA's Patrick Cantlay to capture the national title with a tournament score of 5-under par. After breaking the course record Wednesday with a 9-under-par 65, Peterson needed a 4-under-par back nine rally Thursday just to finish at even par for the day.

Cantlay had an opportunity to force a playoff on the par-5 18th hole, but his 18-foot attempt for eagle grazed the cup and stayed out. He tapped in for birdie to finish the tournament one shot back of Peterson at 4-under-par.

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