Bryson DeChambeau, senior, SMU: He might not make many regular-season college starts because of his busy schedule, but he still should dust a few fields in preparation for his Masters debut and NCAA title defense.
Thomas Detry, senior, Illinois: A three-time winner a year ago, he has all of the physical tools to win even more this season and contend for Player of the Year honors.
Beau Hossler, junior, Texas: After a slow start to his college career, he reminded everyone of his potential with a strong sophomore season that included a victory, three other top-5s and no finish outside the top 20. He’s seemingly always in the mix.
Jack Maguire, junior, Florida State: One of the best drivers of the ball in the college game, he will win a ton of events this season if he shores up his wedge game.
Lee McCoy, senior, Georgia: After four wins last year and a spot on the Walker Cup team, he is determined to end his career on a high note and boost his value as he readies for the pro ranks.
Maverick McNealy, junior, Stanford: Last year’s breakout star, the reigning player of the year now must adjust to his new reality as the favorite every time he tees it up. Expect him to deliver.
Matt NeSmith, senior, South Carolina: The former No. 1-ranked junior showed glimpses of his incredible potential with victories at SECs and the Players Amateur. A top-five national ranking is the next step for one of the country’s most appealing prospects.
Jon Rahm, senior, Arizona State: Ranked No. 1 in the world, the only thing that will prevent the Spaniard from another dominant season (four wins, 10 top-10s in 12 starts) is motivation.
Robby Shelton, junior, Alabama: Built like a free safety, he put together one of the most consistently excellent seasons a year ago. All he did this summer was tie for third in a PGA Tour event and reach the semifinals of the Western Amateur. Somehow, he’s still underappreciated … but not for long.
Will Zalatoris, sophomore, Wake Forest: An emergency appendectomy this summer derailed his Walker Cup hopes, but he’s an elite talent who will become No. 1 at some point in his college career – perhaps as early as this season.
ALSO KEEP AN EYE ON: Derek Bard, Virginia; Sean Crocker, USC; Jonathan Garrick, UCLA; Ben Griffin, North Carolina; Nick Hardy, Illinois; Sam Horsfield, Florida; Jake Knapp, UCLA; Hank Lebioda, Florida State; Adrian Meronk, East Tennessee State; Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State; Scottie Scheffler, Texas; Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt; Aaron Wise, Oregon; Zach Wright, LSU
Note: Players listed in alphabetical order