The Stanford men's golf team may be ranked No. 1 in the nation by Golfweek, but that lofty spot didn't carry over to The Prestige at PGA West, where the Cardinal finished third on Tuesday.
Playing under the desert sun, Stanford carded a final-round 278 to finish eight strokes behind first-place Oregon. Nonetheless, the Cardinal posted its second top-three finish on the young season.
Stanford's 54-hole total of 840 (280-282-278) was better than 13 competitors. Only Oregon (832) and Washington (834) were better than the Cardinal.
"I thought we played pretty well," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "Oregon has a really good team this year as does Washington and it just wasn't our week this week. We had some bright spots - it was nice to see David Chung put up a good round today and Patrick Rodgers had another top-10."
Rodgers, a freshman, tied for 10th after carding rounds of 69, 72 and 68 for a 7-under total of 209. Following his win at The Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields, Rodgers added his second top-10 finish in as many events.
Defending champion Andrew Yun of Stanford tied for 14th with rounds of 66, 72 and 72 for a 210 total. Teammate Cameron Wilson finished tied for 24th (213), Steve Kearney tied for 26th (214) and Chung tied for 39th (217).
Stanford freshman Marcel Puyat, playing in the first tournament of his career, tied for 17th. Competing as an individual, Puyat finished all three rounds under par (71-71-69) to finish 5-under. Ray was impressed by Puyat's play.
"We have high hopes for Marcel," said Ray. "He's hitting it well and he's got a good short game that he really works at. I see nothing but upside for Marcel; he's going to help us before the season's out. We have a bunch of guys who can play and we have a deep team this year and that's always a good thing in college golf."
The team has a week off before resuming the fall schedule October 23-25 at The Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla.