Ole Miss’s Thornberry Dominates NCAA Championship

If Braden Thornberry becomes big-time in professional golf, most will remember that they first heard of him when he blitzed the field down the stretch to win the Men’s Individual NCAA Championship.

Thornberry, a sophomore at Ole Miss, shot a final round 1-under 71 in absolutely brutal conditions to reach -11 for the week and take the title by four strokes.


  • The 30 Best: 30-teams make up the annual Championship Field.
  • Long Absence: The Ole Miss squad made the NCAA Championships for the first time in 16 years.
  • Consistently Good: Thornberry went 66-71-69-71, and was the only player in the field to shoot under-par in all four rounds.
  • Comeback Kid: Thornberry was two strokes behind Scottie Scheffler of Texas after 54 holes.
  • Tough Day: Scheffler, one of the biggest names in college golf, shot a final-round 6-over 78 to finish T3, five back of Thornberry.
  • Tour Exemption: A five-time champion this season, Thornberry was given a sponsor’s exemption to the upcoming PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic.


“In the practice round I hit the same shot and it was a little into the wind, so I knew driver was going to be perfect,” Thornberry said. “I just stepped up there and happened to hit a big one.”
Thornberry, on his tee shot on the par-4 6th hole, which he went on to eagle.

Content originally appeared as part of the Daily Rundown.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer.


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