Haskins Award Watch List: March 10, 2017

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Haskins Award Watch List: March 10, 2017

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Haskins Award Watch List: March 10, 2017

Sam Burns moved to No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings on Wednesday. Friday, he officially assumed the top spot on the watch list for the 2017 Haskins Award Presented by Stifel.

The Haskins Award is given annually to the best college player, as voted by players, coaches and media. Haskins Award winners over the years include such notable future professionals as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan.

Here are my current top candidates for the 2017 Haskins Award:

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1. Sam Burns

  • Year: Sophomore
  • School: LSU
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 1
  • Results: Won, Louisiana Classics; Won, Western Refining College All-America Classic; T-1, David Toms Intercollegiate; second, The Prestige at PGA West; second, Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic; T-6, Carpet Capital Collegiate; eighth, Maui Jim Intercollegiate; T-9, Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate
  • The buzz: Still nothing worse than T-9 in eight starts this season and he recently picked up his third individual title, too. In 24 rounds this season, Burns has shot over par just twice.

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2. Wyndham Clark

  • Year: Senior
  • School: Oregon
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 2
  • Results: Won, Arizona Intercollegiate; T-1, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate; second, Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational; T-3, Paintbrush Intercollegiate; T-6, East Lake Cup (stroke play); T-10, Amer Ari Invitational; 2-0 in East Lake Cup match play
  • The buzz: Hasn’t played since his co-victory at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, but returns to action this weekend at Bandon Dunes. Lost his No. 1 spot,

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3. Norman Xiong

  • Year: Freshman
  • School: Oregon
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 3
  • Results: T-1, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate; fourth, Arizona Intercollegiate; T-7, Amer Ari Invitational
  • The buzz: Yes, the freshman joined the Ducks this spring and has played just three events, but you can’t argue with the results – nothing worse than T-7. Back in action this weekend at Bandon.

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4. Chandler Phillips

  • Year: Sophomore
  • School: Texas A&M
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 4
  • Results: Won, John Burns Intercollegiate; T-1, Golfweek Conference Challenge; second, Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate; T-4, Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate; T-4, Louisiana Classics; T-9, Arizona Intercollegiate; T-17, OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational
  • The buzz: Phillips’ stock is steadily rising and he has just one finish outside the top 10, and that was at the ultra-competitive Olympia Fields event.

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5. Maverick McNealy

  • Year: Senior
  • School: Stanford
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 3
  • Results: Won, Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational; third, Gifford Collegiate (stroke play); fourth, Amer Ari Invitational; 16th, Southern Highlands Collegiate; T-18, The Prestige at PGA West; T-29, Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate
  • The buzz: The 2015 Haskins winner struggled down the stretch in Las Vegas, but remains third in Golfweek‘s rankings thanks to his tough schedule and highlight victory at the Nike Collegiate.

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Next 5

  • Sean Crocker, Jr., USC (7)
  • Matthias Schwab, Sr., Vanderbilt (8)
  • Collin Morikawa, So., Cal (9)
  • Doug Ghim, Jr., Texas (6)
  • Jimmy Stanger, Sr., Virginia (10)

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