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Alabama wins its first national title in men's golf

Alabama Golf Team, NCAA Champions
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Alabama golfers, from left to right, Bobby Wyatt, Justin Thomas, Scott Strohmeyer, Cory Whitsett and assistant coach Rob Bradley pose with the trophy after defeating Illinois to win the NCAA men's golf championship.

MILTON, Ga. (AP) -- Alabama has won its first national championship in men's golf.

The Crimson Tide routed Illinois 4-1 in the match play final Sunday at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course north of Atlanta.

Bobby Wyatt got Alabama off to a strong start in the first match, winning the first seven holes on the way to a 6-and-5 victory over Thomas Detry. Trey Mullinax gave the Tide another point with a par on the 18th hole for a 1-up win over Charlie Danielson.

Just minutes later, Alabama clinched the title. Cory Whitsett made a matching bogey at No. 15 with Illinois' Alex Burge for a 4-and-3 victory. Up ahead at 16, Scott Strohmeyer rolled in a 3-foot par putt for par to beat Brian Campbell 3-and-2.

Thomas Pieters earned the Illini's point.

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