The long odds for making an albatross don’t seem to apply to Bacha. That was the fourth of his career, including a couple of them at Auburn this spring. He did a nice job staying calm in the aftermath, pausing to repair a couple of ball marks on the green before bending over to retrieve his trophy from the cup. There was double fist-bump with his dad, Kevin, who was his caddie for the week, but little other emotion.
“It actually probably settled me down a little bit because then I wasn’t so worried,” Bacha said. “That kind of opened up a little bit of a gap.”
He never staggered and put it away with birdies at No. 15 and No. 18. Through the four rounds, Bacha had only two bogeys and one double-bogey.
“I really just stayed in the moment all day, no matter how big of a lead I had,” he said. “I was just focusing on the next shot and didn’t really let it soak in until making the last putt on 18 there. I got to look over at my dad and just got smiles. It was really cool.”
Bacha had a stretch of good play during the college season, culminating at the NCAA Championships, where he tied for 20th to lead the Tigers to a 10th-place finish. He played in eight events and tied for 10th at the Nexus Championship, tied for 12th at the Tiger Invitational and tied for 17th at the NCAA Norman Regional.
Bach is the second Auburn player to win the tournament in the past three events. Brandon Mancheno took the title in 2019.
“At the beginning of the week my coach at Auburn (Nick Clinard) told me to go and win that thing,” Bacha said. “I told him I would, so it feels really good to hold my word and get it done.”