Haskins Award watch list: Top 10 early contenders

By Ryan LavnerApril 20, 2015, 7:30 pm

It’s a tight race for college golf’s Player of the Year.

Leading up to the June 1 announcement, GolfChannel.com will track the top contenders for the prestigious award that is given annually to the most outstanding college player in the country. Here's an early look at our top 10 (listed alphabetically): 

Gavin Green, senior, New Mexico 

Golfstat ranking: 9 

The most prolific winner in school history (eight), Green has captured three individual titles this season and is ranked inside the top 10 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. His current scoring average of 70.19 in 12 events this year is second best in school history, behind only Spencer Levin (69.98), who now plays on the PGA Tour. 

Beau Hossler, sophomore, Texas 

Golfstat ranking: 8 

One of two Longhorns to earn medalist honors this season, Hossler scored his first college title at the John Hayt, then followed that performance with runner-up showings at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and Linger Longer Invitational. He hasn’t finished worse than 20th in nine starts this season, with a 70.3 scoring average. 

Lee McCoy, junior, Georgia

Golfstat ranking: 2 

McCoy had a win and a runner-up finish in two starts this fall before having to sit out two events with a back injury. He’s turned it on this spring, with three consecutive victories leading into last week’s SEC Championship, where he finished in the top 10.  

Maverick McNealy, sophomore, Stanford 

Golfstat ranking: 3

The team’s fifth man a year ago, McNealy was the first player to reach four wins this season. In 11 starts, he has eight top 10s, a 69.10 scoring average and no finish worse than 21st while playing the country’s fourth-most difficult schedule. 

Cheng-Tsung Pan, senior, Washington 

Golfstat ranking: 5

One of the most decorated players in school history, Pan had five top-three finishes (and three victories) in his first six starts of the season. His T-40 finish in the team’s most recent event, the Western Intercollegiate, was his first result outside the top 15 this season. 

Jon Rahm, junior, Arizona State

Golfstat ranking: 1

The No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, and the top player in Golfstat’s rankings, Rahm has won three times this season with four other top-five showings. His 68.63 scoring average is the best in the country. 

Max Rottluff, junior, Arizona State

Golfstat ranking: 11 

He may be overshadowed by Rahm, but Rottluff has still produced two wins and a pair of runner-up finishes this season. His scoring average (69.03) is the second best in the country, behind only Rahm.

Ollie Schniederjans, senior, Georgia Tech

Golfstat ranking: 14

He won his sixth career tournament in the fall at the Carpet Capital, then posted three runners-up among his seven top 10s this season. His team-best scoring average of 70 has brought his career mark to 70.89, the second best in school history.

Robby Shelton, sophomore, Alabama

Golfstat ranking: 6

His lone victory this season was a big one – a blowout win at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, typically ranked as the No. 1 regular-season event. Shelton also has five other top-fives (nine top 10s in all) and has yet to finish outside the top 20 in nine tournaments, with a scoring average of 70.44.

Hunter Stewart, senior, Vanderbilt

Golfstat ranking: 4

He has three wins this season, including at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational during the fall, and six other top 10 finishes. His scoring average of 69.52 is the best in the SEC and the lowest ever in school history. 

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.