College Men

Haskins Watch List: Kim, Rodgers lead

Michael Kim of University of California during the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.
Michael Kim of University of California during the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Saturday, April 20, 2013

College golf is a team game in an individual sport. That's why individual honors, such as the Haskins Award, are so important. An NCAA Championship is everyone's goal, but most college players have one eye on professional golf, as well.

Winning the Haskins Award puts players on the same list as stars such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Justin Leonard, David Duval, Stewart Cink, Jay Haas, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan.

The Haskins Watch List takes a look at some of the favorites for this season's award. This year's race seems to be especially wide open. It's important to note that players not on the list are not excluded from consideration. Anyone can jump into contention with a win or two this spring. The Haskins Award is voted on by players, coaches and media.

The picture will get clearer as the spring continues, but here's an early look at some of the favorites:

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1. Michael Kim, Cal sophomore

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 1

• Golfstat Cup: 1

• Last Haskins List rank: 1

• Events: 11

• Wins: Isleworth Collegiate Invitational; Arizona Intercollegiate; Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic; Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters

• Top-10s: 10

• Top-5s: 6

• Worst finish: T-11, ASU Thunderbird Invitational

• Last finish: T-2, Western Intercollegiate

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2. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford sophomore

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 6

• Golfstat Cup: 9

• Events: 10

• Last Haskins List rank: 2

• Wins: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational; U.S. Collegiate; Southern Highlands Collegiate Invitational

• Top-10s: 6

• Top-5s: 4

• Worst finish: T-49, Amer Ari Invitational

• Last finish: T-9, Western Intercollegiate

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3. Cory Whitsett, Alabama junior

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 5

• Golfstat Cup: 14

• Last Haskins List rank: 9

• Events: 9

• Wins: Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters; Linger Longer Invitational; Aggie Invitational

• Top-10s: 6

• Top-5s: 4

• Worst finish: T-43, Ping-Golfweek Preview

• Last finish: Won, Aggie Invitational

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4. Albin Choi, North Carolina State junior

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 9

• Golfstat Cup: 6

• Last Haskins List rank: 3

• Events: 10

• Wins: Tar Heel Intercollegiate; Warrior Wave Intercollegiate; Puerto Rico Classic; USF Invitational

• Top-10s: 9

• Top-5s: 7

• Worst finish: T-20 Rod Myers Invitational

• Last finish: T-4, Irish Creek Collegiate

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5. Julien Brun, TCU sophomore

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 4

• Golfstat Cup: 3

• Last Haskins List rank: 4

• Events: 10

• Wins: Carmel Cup; Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate; National Invitational Tournament

• Top-10s: 7

• Top-5s: 5

• Worst finish: T-21, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

• Last finish: 3rd, Morris Williams Intercollegiate

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6. Brandon Stone, Texas freshman

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 3

• Golfstat Cup: 8

• Last Haskins List rank: 6

• Events: 9

• Wins: Carpet Capital Collegiate; Bayou City Collegiate

• Top-10s: 5

• Top-5s: 5

• Worst finish: T-36, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters

• Last finish: 19th, Morris Williams Intercollegiate

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7. Daniel Berger, Florida State sophomore

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 10

• Golfstat Cup: 4

• Last Haskins List rank: 7

• Events: 7

• Wins: Gator Invitational; Seminole Intercollegiate

• Top-10s: 6

• Top-5s: 6

• Worst finish: T-25, C&F Bank Intercollegiate

• Last finish: T-4, Gary Koch Intercollegiate

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8. Justin Thomas, Alabama sophomore

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 8

• Golfstat Cup: 20

• Last Haskins List rank: 8

• Events: 10

• Wins: Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate; Schenkel Invitational

• Top-10s: 5

• Top-5s: 3

• Worst finish: T-39, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters

• Last finish: T-18, Aggie Invitational

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9. Joel Stalter, Cal junior

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 12

• Golfstat Cup: 12

• Last Haskins List rank: 5

• Events: 9

• Wins: Arizona Intercollegiate; John Burns Intercollegiate

• Top-10s: 5

• Top-5s: 3

• Worst finish: T-40, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

• Last finish: T-23, Western Intercollegiate

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10. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington sophomore

• Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 11

• Golfstat Cup: 11

• Last Haskins List rank: 10

• Events: 10

• Wins: Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational

• Top-10s: 7

• Top-5s: 4

• Worst finish: T-39, Bandon Dunes Championship

• Last finish: T-12, Western Intercollegiate