Stanford's Rodgers named Nicklaus Award winner


Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers was named Sunday as the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top college player in NCAA Division I.

Rodgers, who could turn pro as early as this week, had six victories this season for the Cardinal, who lost in the NCAA semifinals. The other finalists for the award: Stanford senior and NCAA champion Cameron Wilson, Georgia Tech junior Ollie Schniederjans, and Alabama freshman Robby Shelton and Tide senior Bobby Wyatt.

Rodgers, of Avon, Ind., became the first Stanford player to receive the Nicklaus Award since Tiger Woods in 1996. Rodgers’ 11 career wins tied Woods’ mark for the most titles in school history. 

Presented the award Sunday at Muirfield Village, Rodgers will be exempt into the 2015 Memorial. The 21-year-old intends to make his first pro start at the June 19-22 Travelers Championship.

Barry University’s Adam Svensson (Division II), University of the Redlands’ Bobby Holden (Division III), Oklahoma City University’s James Marchesani (NAIA) and Central Alabama Community College’s Tim Walker (NJCAA) also were recognized as the player of the year at their respective level.