ASU men's golf, ranked No. 1 preseason by Golf Channel, edged No. 18 Arizona by a point to win the inaugural Copper Cup on Monday.

David Puig pulled out a singles win Monday lifting Arizona State men’s golf to a one-point victory over Arizona in the inaugural Copper Cup at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.

Puig, a sophomore from Spain who is No. 33 in World Amateur rankings, birdied the 16th hole then parred 17 and 18 for a 1-up win over Briggs Duce to clinch a 12.5-11.5-point win.

The two-day, Ryder Cup-style event launched a season that will conclude with NCAA Championships (men and women) at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

“It was really important to tie the match (on 16) because I knew my point was clutch and we needed it,” Puig said. “In Europe, we have a lot of tournaments like this competing for Spain or with a region from Spain. It helped me a lot to play better.”

Arizona, ranked No. 18 preseason by Golf Channel, led by one point after Sunday’s two rounds (fourball and singles) and remained up a point following a foursome best ball Monday morning. That left No. 1 ASU needing wins in five of eight singles matches in the final round to avoid an upset, at least on paper, to its rival.