COLUMBIA — Missouri's Linus Lilliedahl got off to a hot start in the third round of the Tiger Invitational by going 3-under on the front nine.

It looked like the Swede would reach the goal he set during a press conference Friday.

"I want to leave college with an individual victory," he said.

The senior carried the individual lead into the back nine before missing a 15-foot putt for par on hole 16, his first and only bogey of the day. The experienced Lilliedahl didn't let it faze him. He sunk a long birdie putt on hole 17, which was the difference between first and second place.

"Did I expect to make that putt? No, not really," Lilliedahl said. "It was a good 25 feet, but it's always fun to see one of those drop."

After making par on hole 18, Lilliedahl secured the victory.

"I'm really excited for Linus," coach Mark Leroux said. "(He's) a young man that really deserves it. He has consistent play that culminated into a win, and that's great."

Afterward, Lilliedahl joked that he hadn't won a tournament since he was 14.

"Obviously (it's) a great feeling, but the team comes first," he said. "What I do and my results comes in second. As long as we win, it doesn't really matter what I do individually." 

Missouri junior Hayden Buckley finished one stroke behind Lilliedahl and tied for second place with Austin Peay's Erik Hedberg.

Though sophomore Matt Echelmeier did not compete in the team event, he finished with the fourth best score by going 1-under during all three rounds.

The Tigers had five of their 10 golfers finish in the top 12.

Missouri went into the final round with an 11-stroke lead and finished 18 strokes ahead of second place Northern Illinois.

Missouri will be back in action April 21-24 in Sea Island, Georgia, for the SEC Championship.

Supervising editor is Jonathan McKay.

  • Sports Reporter, Spring 2017

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