Texas Longhorns outduel Alabama to win the NCAA Championship at Riviera

The Texas Longhorns won their first national title since 1972 at Riviera Country Club. (Glenn Alexakis)

The 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships went down to the wire Sunday at Riviera Country Club with Dylan Fritelli sinking a long putt for birdie on the final hole of the final match to give the Texas Longhorns a 3-2 victory over Alabama and their first title since 1972.

Alabama jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with Hunter Hamrick taking out Julio Vegas 6 & 5 and Bobby Wyatt finishing 1 up on Toni Hakula for the Crimson Tide.

The Longhorns, however, were able to maintain their composure and fight their way back into the tournament. Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Thomas 3 & 2 and Cody Gribble beat Scott Strohmeyer 2 & 1, with neither player trailing at any point in their matches.

Alabama’s Cory Whitsett managed to square his match with Dylan Fritelli heading into the 18th hole, but posted a bogey on the par-4. Dylan Fritelli, needing a two-putt to secure the victory for Texas, sank his first shot from the green, a long birdie.

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