Stanford’s Thorbjornsen Returns From Back Injury and Wins Cabo Collegiate

Michael Thorbjornsen of Stanford is back, and in a familiar spot, the winner’s circle.

Thorbjornsen, a senior from Wellesley, Mass., who missed the entire Fall Season because of a stress fracture in his back, claimed his third college victory by winning the Cabo Collegiate Invitational by one stroke over Michael La Sasso at Twin Dolphin Club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Arizona captured the team title by nine shots over Texas Tech.

Thorbjornsen, who also won the 2018 United States Junior Amateur and the 2021 Western Amateur, posted a score of 69-65-69—203, 10-under-par, while La Sasso finished at 72-68-64—204. Thorbjornsen answered La Sasso’s birdie on the final hole to claim the victory.  

“It’s great to be out here playing again and to win,” said Thorbjornsen, who was No. 1 in the PGA Tour University Rankings before falling to No. 2 recently behind Christo Lamprecht of Georgia Tech and South Africa. “Hopefully, I can keep playing like this.”

Preston Summerhays of Arizona State was third at 70-68-67—205, while Jacob Skov Olesen of Arkansas shot 68-67-71—206 to tie for fourth with Jake Hall of Tennessee, who finished at 67-68—71—206.

Matthew Comegys of Texas Tech was sixth at 70-67-71—208, while Tyran Sanders of Texas Tech totaled 71-68-70—209 to tie for seventh with William Moll of Vanderbilt, who wound up at 69-68-72—209 and Frederik Kjettrup of Florida State, who finished at 69-68-72—209.

Sampson Zheng of Cal carded a score of 71-68-71—210 to tie for 10th with Wenyi Deng of Arizona State, who finished at 70-72-68—210, Jack Bigham of Florida State, who wound up at 73-69-68—210, and Jose Luis Ballester of Arizona State, who came in at 68-70-72—210.

Arizona State claimed its third victory of the season by nine strokes with a score of 276-284-273—833, 19-under-par, while Texas Tech was second at 290-272-280—842, followed by Arkansas at 281-278-291–850 and Vanderbilt at 287-279-287—853.

Mississippi totaled 292-281-284—857 to tie for fifth with Florida State, which wound up at 293-283-281—857, while Tennessee was seventh a 288-282-290-860.

Stanford posted a score of 288-281-294—863 to tie for eighth with Houston, which finished at 277-291-295—863, while Cal was 10th at 288-287-290—865.

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