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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)