Golfweek’s preseason top 10 individuals: Men

Patrick Cantlay during the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.

Men's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Patrick RodgersStanford  68.39 
2Robby SheltonAlabama  68.58 
3Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  68.62 
4Cameron WilsonStanford  68.90 
5Joey GarberGeorgia  69.19 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Alabama 68.96  12 
2Georgia Tech 69.62  12 
3Stanford 69.70  12 
4Oklahoma State 69.82  13 
5Georgia 69.82  12 

1.) Patrick Cantlay

UCLA, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 1

Don’t expect a sophomore slump from this talented Bruin. After earning national Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors last season with one of the most dominant freshman seasons in history, Cantlay might have had an even better summer season. He posted four top 25s in four PGA Tour starts: T-21 at the U.S. Open (low amateur), T-24 at the Travelers (including a second-round 60 to lead after 36 holes), T-20 at the AT&T National and T-9 at the RBC Canadian Open. He also won the Southern California Amateur and was runner-up at the Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur. All this after posting four victories as a freshman, including the NCAA West Regional title, and finishing runner-up by a shot at the NCAA finals. Cantlay has a complete game, and can go low at any time.

2.) Peter Uihlein

Oklahoma State, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 2

A two-time first-team All-American and winner of the 2011 Ben Hogan Award, Uihlein has a well-rounded game and shotmaking skills. Uihlein, who has six career victories – including two last season – would like to make a run at Lindy Miller’s school-record victory total (11).

3.) Chris Williams

Washington, junior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 20

A second-team All-American last season, when he notched 13 top-20 finishes in 14 starts, including seven top 10s and a victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational. He kicked his game into high gear this summer with victories at the Sahalee Players and Pacific Coast amateurs.

4.) James White

Georgia Tech, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 10

Had eight top 10s, including victories over strong fields at the U.S. Collegiate and Puerto Rico Classic, and finished second at the NCAA East Regional and T-8 at NCAA finals. White had a solid summer with a second at the Northeast Am, T-5 at the Players Am and T-8 at Sunnehanna.

5.) Andrew Yun

Stanford, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 7

A first-team All-American, Yun carried the Cardinal from start to finish, placing as the low team scorer in nine of his 11 starts. He had seven top 10s, including a victory at The Prestige at PGA West. and a pair of seconds. Summer results include T-9 at Players and final eight at Western Amateur.

6.) Luke Guthrie

Illinois, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 9

Came into his own last season, stepping out of teammate Scott Langley’s shadow. Guthrie finished first at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Robert Kepler Collegiate, Big Ten Championship and NCAA Central Regional, to earn first-team All-American honors. He tied for 13th at the NCAA Championship.

7.) Blayne Barber

Auburn, junior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 17

An extremely consistent performer, the second-team All-American finished in the top 15 in nine of 10 starts last season, including six top 5s and a T-1 at the Bridgestone Collegiate. Strong finishes at the Northeast (third) and Southern (fifth) amateurs.

8.) Cory Whitsett

Alabama, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 15

One of the country’s top freshmen last season, when he posted five top 10s in 10 starts, averaged 71.39 and was a second-team All-American. Among his four top 5s was a victory at the Linger Longer.

9.) Jordan Russell

Texas A&M, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 18

A former walk-on, Russell has more than earned his scholarship for the Aggies. Posted seven top 10s, including a victory at the Topy Cup and runner-up finishes at Southern Highlands and the Aggie Invitational. Semifinalist at U.S. Amateur along with top 10s at the Sunnehanna (T-4) and Players Amateur (T-9).

10.) Corbin Mills

Clemson, junior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 116

Really stepped up his game this summer after a mediocre college season, in which he had only four top-10 showings. The question: Can he perform for the Tigers as he did when winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links and the Players Amateur in back-to-back weeks this summer?

Second team

Lee Bedford, senior, Wake Forest

Sebastian Cappelen, sophomore, Arkansas

Albin Choi, sophomore, N.C. State

Dylan Fritelli, senior, Texas

Jeff Karlsson, senior, Kennesaw State

Ben Kohles, senior, Virginia

Bryden Macpherson, junior, Georgia

Patrick Rodgers, freshman, Stanford

Pontus Widegren, junior, UCLA

Bobby Wyatt, sophomore, Alabama

Third team

Evan Beck, junior, Wake Forest

Derek Ernst, senior, UNLV

Jace Long, junior, Missouri

Hunter Hamrick, senior, Alabama

Cheng-Tsung Pan, freshman, Washington

Brinson Paolini, junior, Duke

J.J. Spaun, junior, San Diego State

Jordan Spieth, freshman, Texas

Ethan Tracy, senior, Arkansas

Harold Varner, senior, East Carolina

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Golfweek’s top 10 freshmen

Name, Residence, School

1.) Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind., Stanford

With the best summer of any incoming freshman, could have a Patrick Cantlay-type year.

2.) Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

Two U.S. Junior titles have made Spieth one of the nation’s most well-known amateurs.

3.) Cheng-Tsung Pan, Bradenton, Fla., Washington

Big-time talent showed his potential with top 20s in all but one of his 2011 amateur starts.

4.) Anthony Paolucci, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., USC

Had a quiet summer but for years has been Spieth’s top rival in the junior rankings.

5.) Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky., Alabama

Pre-eminent ballstriker who could contend every week if his putter cooperates.

6.) Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga., Georgia Tech

Has all the tools, and if everything clicks, could win a few times in his first year.

7.) Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md., Virginia

Torrid stretch in 2010 led to a Junior Ryder Cup spot, but has yet to put it all together.

8.) Curtis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla., LSU

Lots of firepower (T-2 at 2011 Players Amateur) but needs more consistency week-to-week.

9.) Nicholas Reach, Moscow, Pa. , Georgia

Stock soars after blowout win at Sage Valley junior event and runner-up at Palmetto Am.

10.) Billy Kennerly, Alpharetta, Ga., Clemson

Late bloomer in junior ranks, but always has been a factor in AJGA invitationals.

Other frosh to watch: Wilson Bateman, San Diego State; Stephen Behr Jr., Clemson; Tyler Dunlap, Texas A&M; Jay Hwang, UCLA; Michael Johnson, Auburn; Michael Kim, California; Tom Lovelady, Alabama; Marcel Puyat, Stanford; J.D. Tomlinson, Florida; Grant Weaver, Ohio State

– Ryan Lavner

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