"I think we just peak at the end of the year", said Xavier's Joe Gellenbeck. "I feel like every time I'm up there, he's up there grinding longer than anyone else out there".
Can Oklahoma become just the third program (along with Texas and LSU) to win a national championships at both stroke play (1989) and match play?
The Sooners entered the match-play portion as the No. 2 seed, but almost went out against Baylor in the quarterfinals as they trailed in all five matches at one point on the back nine.
When Oklahoma got back to campus, Hybl could tell his guys were already hungry to redeem themselves.
"To get back to defend our title and get to this point is awesome", Martin said. They fell to Texas past year in the quarterfinals.
"Just an incredible run for us", OR coach Casey Martin said.
OU will face defending national champion OR in the title match on Wednesday afternoon. The Ducks took it from there, beating Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals and riding the clutch play of Sulman Raza in the afternoon. Ryan Gronlund lost his matchup, giving Vanderbilt one point, and Edwin Yi fell to John Augenstein in extra holes to make the match even at 2. Raza, a redshirt senior from Eugene, is now 5-0 all-time in NCAA match play. Dalke led 2-up through eight holes, but Raza won nine and 10 to bring the match back to all square. In the last matchup of the round, Raza captured the deciding point against Vanderbilt's Matthias Schwab to put the Ducks into the championship match.
The other semifinal, between the number one match play seed Vanderbilt University and the defending national-champion University of OR, was much tighter.
That gives the Ducks a chance to join Alabama and Augusta State as the only back-to-back winners since the match-play era began in 2009.
"It's an incredible feeling to be back here", Martin said. Last season, Raza drained the clinching putt to win the schools first ever national championship.
Shattuck was the only senior in the lineup, with the other four returning for next year and another run at the program's first national championship. The thought of that has had Hybl excited all week. "I can't put into words what this opportunity means for us, and our guys have earned it all this week".
Oklahoma's hashtag on Twitter this season has been #OUrtime.
IL could get no closer, however, and when Tadiotto drove wildly at the seventeenth, his match was over with Oklahoma's Max McGreevy earning a critical point.