Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen shows he’s got serious game against the pros at Travelers Championship

Thorbjornsen, who finished fourth at the Travelers, gave a sneak-peek why he is believed to be a future star on Tour.

Michael Thorbjornsen gave a sneak-peek into why he is believed to be a future star on the PGA Tour.

After a birdie at the 11th hole in the final round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, the 20-year-old amateur and rising junior at Stanford was alone in second place, just one stroke behind Xander Schauffele.

Thorbjornsen, who grew up 90 minutes away in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was bidding to become the first amateur to win on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.

He carded an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole, belting his second from 260 yards to just more than a foot, and added four birdies in a six-hole stretch to put some heat on Schauffele.

“I think I saw his name at the U.S. Open. I don’t know too many young guys. I saw a few that played in Arizona in the NCAA finals. I think just the talent coming out is going to be incredible and I think he’s one of those guys that will be up there leading the pack,” Schauffele said of Thorbjornsen after the third round.

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For Thorbjornsen, seeing his name on the leaderboard at a PGA Tour took a little getting used to.

“It’s kind of weird seeing my name up there,” he explained. “I’m not really looking for my name. I’m looking for the other guys. I’m used to looking at the PGA Tour app to see how like the best players in the world stacking up. It’s kind of cool to see my name above some of those guys.”

Schauffele will know about the former U.S. Junior Amateur winner now. At the time, Thorbjornsen wasn’t aware that he was threatening the lead.

“I figured I was around there, but I was thinking,’ Okay, well, let’s go. Let’s keep it going. Let’s try and hit some good shots,’ ” he said before making back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 12 and 13 to sidetrack his pursuit at victory. “It got a little difficult there, two holes straight into the wind, mishit two drives there. But overall it was a lot of fun.”

Thorbjornsen posted a final-round 66 and a 72-hole aggregate of 15-under 265 to finish alone in fourth place. It marked the best finish by an amateur at the Travelers Championship, erasing Jim Grant, who was T-6 in 1966, from the tournament record books. It also was the best finish in a Tour event by an amateur this season, eclipsing Chris Gotterup, who finished T-7 at the Puerto Rico Open, and the second-best finish in a Tour event by an amateur since 2000 (only Robby Shelton, who was T-3 at the 2015 Barbasol Championship as an amateur, did better).

What did Thorbjornsen think of his hero’s welcome as he and his caddie, high school classmate Drew Cullen, walked up to the 18th green on Sunday?

“It’s better than like how I dreamt about it,” he said. “It’s so loud. It was very welcoming. I can’t wait to come back next year and the following years.”

Thorbjornsen had run out of steam on the back nine Sunday but gave every indication he’ll have more chances with a little more seasoning. Next up: a flight overseas to represent the United States at the upcoming Palmer Cup. And no rest for the weary either as he’ll try to qualify for the British Open on Tuesday.

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Ohio State successfully registers ‘THE’ trademark, and THE internet had lots of questions (and jokes)

The internet had all THE jokes.

Ohio State University successfully registered a trademark for “THE” on Tuesday after almost three years since originally filing the application.

No, that’s not a typo. They trademarked “THE.” THE! A singular word. And not just any singular word, but the most frequently used word in the English language. I’ve already used the word three times in writing this, not including the (that’s four) three times I referenced the (five) actual trademark.

Anyway, the hold up was a dispute OSU had with (THE?) Marc Jacobs that’s now been settled, and the school needing to prove to the USPTO that its use of “THE” wasn’t “merely ornamental,” according to trademark attorney Josh Gerben on Twitter.

Now Ohio State owns the trademark for the use of “THE” on clothing, and the internet had lots of jokes and questions.

Arkansas and Ole Miss fans have bought more than $46,000 of Jell-O shots at the College World Series

Arkansas fans: 5,644 shots. Ole Miss fans: 4,579 shots. We’re not even four days into this thing.

Two different College World Series fanbases have shattered the Rocco’s Pizza & Cantina Jell-O Shot Challenge record. Both Arkansas (5,644 shots) and Ole Miss (4,579 shots) have eclipsed Mississippi State’s mark, set at 2,968 servings of wiggly, room-temperature, vaguely alcoholic drinks in 2021, by more than 1,500 shots apiece.

At the time of publication, the 2022 College World Series hadn’t even completed its fourth day.

Rocco’s has been the backdrop for an epic war between SEC West rivals as they battle toward a national championship. Arkansas, who’d previously set the cantina record in 2019 before getting lapped by Bulldog fans last June, jumped out to an early lead. Ole Miss, not to be outdone, closed the gap on Day 4 when Ole Miss alum and Realtree 365 host Tyler Jordan bought 900 jiggly shooters for the Rebel faithful.

But Mississippi isn’t the only school with high-profile boosters with camouflage money. Roughly 20 minutes later, Banded Brands Hunting Gear decided to make the folks at Realtree look like a bunch of poors.

What does this mean? Well first, lol the rest of the SEC couldn’t let Mississippi State have the record for even a full year. Second, two different apparel companies are about to get expense reports for more than $4,000 of gelatin. And third, it means Rocco’s has made at least $46,003.50 from Arkansas and Ole Miss’s Jell-O shot orders alone.

It also means they probably aren’t as drunk as you’d expect, given the combination of SEC booze tolerance and the fact these pre-packaged shots only clock in at 13 percent alcohol by volume and it’d take three of them to equal a regular shot of 80 proof booze.

At the same time, Rocco’s patrons are on pace to buy one shot for each of the 24,000 patrons that fit inside Charles Schwab Field before the CWS Finals even begins. That’s not a ton of booze, but it is a concerning about of sugar.

That’s not important this week. Each quivering shot sucked down in Omaha is bigger than a single customer. They’re all done in service of a larger cause; proving your fans are better at paying too much for bad drinks than anyone else.

Golfweek’s 2021-22 women’s college golf All-Americans

Check out the All-Americans from the 2021-22 season.

The 2021-22 college golf season is in the books after two long weeks of championship golf at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

It was a Stanford sweep at the NCAA Championship, with freshman phenom Rose Zhang claiming the individual title by a dominant three shots and leading her Cardinal to the team title over Oregon in a final duel between the nation’s top-two teams.

Now that the dust has settled on the season, it’s time to hand out some individual awards. Here are Golfweek’s First Team, Second Team, Third Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans for the 2021-22 women’s college golf season.

Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: Women’s team | Women’s individual

This Ole Miss baseball hype video will make me, I mean you, run sobbing through a brick wall

Hotty Toddy.

The University of *checks notes* Mississippi — a school I’ve never heard of outside of it yielding my college education, 90% of my friend group and approximately 9,000 tailgates-under-chandeliers — is apparently in a lively baseball tournament called the “Men’s College World Series” and they produced a video to commemorate the occasion! 

According to sources familiar with the matter, their hype video leading up to Saturday’s game against Auburn is “sick as hell” and “capable of reducing even the most coldhearted person to a puddle of unremitting emotion.” 

I am but a naive bystander to the idea of supporting one’s team after a trying season, but I’m told Saturday’s game will be *presses earpiece* UNBELIEVABLY stressful for fans, especially if said fans are currently crying over a hype video with no signs of stopping. 

Watch the video: 

Rocco’s Jell-O shot counter is one of the College World Series’ finest traditions

What better way to prove your fandom than by buying thousands of Jell-O shots?

The person in charge of marketing for Rocco’s Pizza & Cantina in Omaha, Nebraska is a genius. They found a way to supercharge their tourism dollars from the annual NCAA Men’s College World Series.

While downtown is dotted with excellent bars catering to the masses of college baseball fans who descend upon eastern Nebraska each summer, Rocco’s has found a way to cater to their insatiable demand for booze, innate homerism, and unquenchable thirst for competition. And, more importantly, they found a way to sell that fandom at $4.50 per shot.

Behold, the glory that is Rocco’s College World Series Jell-O Shot Challenge, an annual competition that honors the glorious invention of one of America’s greatest heroes, Army mathematician, Harvard professor, and expert pianist and satirist Tom Lehrer. The good folks at Rocco’s give patrons the chance to back their teams one wiggly, sugary slurp at a time:

Rocco’s knows it’s due for a boom when the CWS comes by, thanks to its location being roughly 500 feet from the right-field line of Charles Schwab Field. It also knows that SEC fans — whose teams make up half the field in 2022 and 2019 and multiple teams every year since 2016 — are lunatics obsessed with displaying their superiority in any way possible. This is how you get more than $11,000 in revenue from Mississippi State fans alone:

That’s a truly bewildering number AND IT WASN’T EVEN THE FINAL TALLY. Bulldog faithful wound up celebrating their first NCAA team championship by taking down 2,968 Jell-O shots at Rocco’s alone, besting the previous record — set in 2019 by Arkansas fans — by more than 2,100 shots.

This is obviously a windfall for the bar. It also feels like a windfall for the staff, as this year’s price bump to $4.50 suggests the bartenders passing out these shots will be getting tipped $1.50 per instead of a single dollar (though some more miserly patrons will opt for a 50 cent tip as though they’re the mayors of 1939). They also won’t have to deal with the effort of mixing drinks or pouring from the tap, either, since Rocco’s appears to serve pre-packaged shots:

This is kinda disappointing! Per Slrrrp Shots’ official website, those flavors come in Strawberry Slammer, Watermelon Wiggler, Peach Bottom, Blue Raspberry Smash and, (deep sigh) Mango Unchained. At 13 percent ABV and 50 milliliters per drink, they’re roughly one-third as potent as a regular shot of whiskey or rum and a little less than half as strong as a shot of Fireball. They’re also ostensibly served right from those jugs, which is an unappealing temperature for gelatin products.

From a managerial standpoint, this feels like a missed opportunity as well. Jell-O shots aren’t expensive to make; gelatin is cheap and no one expects them to be strong. You can make something like 180 of these shots — with name-brand Jell-O and Smirnoff — for about $36 if you’re paying retail prices. If you wanted to skimp on the booze a little, it’d be even cheaper. That’s a product cost of let’s say 15 cents for a $4.50 drink, which is the kind of profit margin that keeps Jon Taffer from bursting through your doors and yelling at your bar manager.

And yeah, that’s a little bit labor-intensive and would require a ton of fridge space, but it’s not like Rocco’s doesn’t run out of the pre-made stuff and ask its bartenders to free-pour anyway:

This is, of course, a stupid quibble from a grown man who prefers homemade to store-bought when it comes to his terrible drinks (I also prefer the ease of the syringe as the Jell-O shot delivery system). The point remains that:

a) this is a tremendous idea that brings in lots of money for Rocco’s with minimal effort beyond removing shots from buckets and basic counting, and

b) no one should try to out-drink the SEC, which was leading the rest of the field 206-58 before games even started at the College World Series (and, if you count Texas and Oklahoma as future members, that lead grows to 254-10).

We’ll keep you apprised of the situation should someone challenge Mississippi State’s record of nearly 3,000 Jell-O shots in 11 days (no one will).

Top-ranked Tennessee’s season ended in the Super Regional and college baseball fans were shocked

I mean … wow.

Even the most casual of college baseball fans knew that the Tennessee Volunteers were having a special season. They went into their Super Regional matchup against Notre Dame with a ridiculous 56 wins on the season. They have a pitcher — Ben Joyce — who can throw close to 106 mph. The Vols have simply been dominant all season.

Well, that season is ending shy of a trip to Omaha.

Tennessee lost in Sunday’s Super Regional Game 3, 7-3, to Notre Dame, which brought a stunning close to the Volunteers’ season. This was a team with three projected first-round picks in the upcoming MLB draft to go along with several other MLB prospects. But when Notre Dame closed out the game with a double play, that pro pedigree didn’t matter.

It marked the third straight season where the top-ranked college baseball team lost in the Super Regional. Yet, given Tennessee’s historic dominance in 2022, this loss felt especially surprising.

No wonder college baseball fans had plenty of thoughts on the upset.

Dylan Menante transfers from Pepperdine to North Carolina

Dylan Menante helped the Waves win the 2021 NCAA championship.

The college golf transfer portal had some more movement Friday as Dylan Menante has left Pepperdine for North Carolina.

Menante helped the Waves to the national championship at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. He was also the West Coast Conference Player of the Year that season.

But after three seasons playing for the southern California school, he’ll finish his college career in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“I chose UNC because the school and coaches offer a critical balance between golf, growing as a person, academics and top-notch peers to surround my game” Menante said in a release sent by the Tar Heels athletic department. “I am looking forward to joining the Tar Heel program, but I also appreciate the support the Pepperdine community gave me the last three years.”

Menante is ranked 15th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

In the 2022 NCAA Championship, Pepperdine and North Carolina were among the eight teams to advance to the match-play portion of the event, with Pepperdine eliminating North Carolina to advance. Menante won his quarterfinal match but lost his semifinal match as Pepperdine was eliminated by Arizona State.

“All of us with Carolina Golf are thrilled Dylan chose to be a Tar Heel and is joining our family” UNC head coach Andrew DiBitetto said in a release. “He’s a winner, an All-American, a national champion and most importantly, an incredible young man. He’s one of the best amateurs in the world and immediately makes an already strong team even better. Clarkie (assistant coach Matt Clark), all our guys and I can’t wait to interact, compete and work with Dylan. We also look forward to helping him improve on and off the course.”

The Tar Heels return four starters: Ryan Burnett, David Ford, Peter Fountain and Austin Greaser.

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Unseeded Texas is the last hope to spoil Oklahoma softball’s back-to-back NCAA championships

Can the Longhorns play spoiler to the Sooners’ incredible season?

The NCAA Women’s College World Series championship series gets underway Wednesday night (June 8) as defending champion Oklahoma squares off against unseeded Texas. The No. 1 Sooners are heavy favorites — DraftKings has them at -600 for Game 1 against arch-rival Texas — and enter the three game series as the queens of the softball diamond for the 2022 season. Oklahoma lost just two regular season games and entered the postseason with a blistering 59-2 record.

In the NCAA tournament so far, the Sooners have dropped just one game as Maya Brady powered UCLA to a victory, forcing a decisive rematch for a spot in the final series. Oklahoma left no doubt, run-ruling the Bruins in a five-inning, 15-0 rout.

Jocelyn Alo leads an OU team looking to go back-to-back as champs and win the program’s fourth softball title in six seasons. Alo is one of three Sooners with over 20 home runs as well as one of three with a batting average over .400.

The Sooners feel inevitable, but not infallible.

Not if Texas has any say in the matter. The Longhorns were a bit of a longshot to make it to this point of the season, but put together wins over UCLA, Arizona and Oklahoma State (x2) in the WCWS so far. They lost their lone matchup against Oklahoma in the postseason, 7-2, and are 1-3 against the Sooners on the season. Texas did pull off a 4-2 win back on April 16, handing OU one of their two losses.

Leadoff hitter Janae Jefferson is a chaotic force for good on the Longhorns with a .416 batting average, 1.125 OPS and .639 slugging percentage. Mary Iakopo leads the team with 57 RBI and is second on the squad with 11 home runs on the season (Courtney Day has 12).

Texas has answered every call this season, overcoming the odds and outsider doubts to put itself in a position to win the programs first NCAA title in its sixth WCWS appearance.

Doing so will require the type of resilience no Sooners opponent has been able to muster yet this year.

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Another college umpire chased after a batter to stop him from admiring a home run

Let the kids play.

For as bad as MLB umpiring has been this season, these past few days of college baseball regionals almost make you appreciate what big-league umpires do out there. It’s been that bad.

On Monday, home plate umpire Perry Costello actually put his hands on East Carolina’s Bryson Worrell to stop him from admiring a huge home run. It was beyond bizarre to see. For one, an umpire should never put his hands on a player — just as a player can’t put his hands on an umpire. On top of that, it’s an umpires job to enforce actual rules — not baseball’s archaic unwritten rules.

Somehow, Costello wasn’t the only fun-hating umpire in the college baseball ranks because umpire Jeff Head almost did the same thing in Maryland’s game against UConn.

As Luke Shliger got the game started with a lead-off home run, Head could be seen running up the first-base line behind the batter to urge him to stop admiring the homer. An unbothered Shliger flipped his bat and made his way around the bases.

To make matters worse, this was the same umpire who made the controversial interference call that helped end Maryland’s season. It was that kind of night for Jeff Head, and baseball fans had seen enough.