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Alabama to square off with Illinois in final of NCAA men's golf championships

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Alabama's Scott Strohmeyer at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. (Alabama Athletics Photo) Alabama's Scott Strohmeyer at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. (Alabama Athletics Photo)

MILTON, Ga. (AP) -- Illinois upset No. 1 California on the second extra hole of the deciding match to reach the final of the NCAA men's golf championships.

The 15th-seeded Illini will meet No. 2-seeded Alabama in the final Sunday morning.

Illinois' Thomas Pieters clinched a 1-up victory on the 20th hole with a par. Cal's Max Homa, the tournament medalist, made bogey when his 8-foot par putt missed to the left of the hole. That gave Illinois a 3-2 win.

The Crimson Tide defeated host Georgia Tech 3-0-2 in the other semifinal. Alabama will make its second consecutive trip to the final match; the Crimson Tide lost to Texas in the championship last year.

Neither school has won a men's golf championship.

NCAA.com coverage of the 2013 Division I Men's Golf Championships:

Semfinals: Results Highlights
Quarterfinals: Results Highlights
Menzer: Illinois knocks off Texas
Menzer: Longhorns keep high spirit
Day 3: Results Highlights
Menzer: Cal's Homa wins individual title
Menzer: Other sports aid Davis in golf play
Day 2: Results
Menzer: Jackets on top with home advantage
Menzer: No. 1 Cal back on track
Day 1: Results
Menzer: ASU's Rahm takes early lead
Menzer: Kent State's Scott proves mettle
Preview: Cal aims to end historic season on top
More: Champ Info | History | Program
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