Cal's Kim stays atop Haskins Watch List

Cal's Michael Kim

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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.

Here’s our second spring edition of the Haskins Watch List, which 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 eventually decided by voting from fans, media and coaches.

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: 3

Golfstat Cup: 2

Last Haskins List rank: 1

Events: 7

Wins: Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate

Top-10s: 7

Top-5s: 4

Worst finish: T-10, Ping-Golfweek Preview

Last finish: T-9, John A. Burns Intercollegiate

The skinny: Kim kept his top-10 streak alive by a single shot at the John Burns Intercollegiate. He’s finished in the top 10 in all seven starts this season. He has company at the top of the list, though, as teammate Joel Stalter has come on strong with consecutive victories.

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2. Brandon Stone, Texas freshman

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 1

Golfstat Cup: 4

Last Haskins List rank: 5

Events: 5

Wins: Carpet Capital Collegiate; Bayou City Collegiate

Top-10s: 3

Top-5s: 3

Worst finish: T-21, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

Last finish: Won, Bayou City Collegiate

The skinny: Picking up his second win of the season shoots him up the list. Stone, No. 1 in Golfweek’s rankings, has finished in the top-5 in both spring events.

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3. Joel Stalter, Cal junior

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 2

Golfstat Cup: 1

Last Haskins List rank: 15

Events: 5

Wins: Arizona Intercollegiate; John Burns Intercollegiate

Top-10s: 4

Top-5s: 3

Worst finish: T-40, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

Last finish: Won, John Burns Intercollegiate

The skinny: Stalter may have been a fringe candidate after he tied Michael Kim for first at the Arizona Intercollegiate, but he’s now among the front-runners after an eight-shot romp at the Burns Intercollegiate that gave him his second consecutive victory.

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4. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington sophomore

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 4

Golfstat Cup: 3

Last Haskins List rank: 2

Events: 6

Wins: Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational

Top-10s: 6

Top-5s: 4

Worst finish: T-10, Amer Ari Invitational

Last finish: 6th, The Prestige

The skinny: Like Kim, Pan hasn't finished outside the top 10. Pan finished the fall season at No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, but has one less win than Kim.

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5. Albin Choi, North Carolina State junior

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 15

Golfstat Cup: 11

Last Haskins List rank: 10

Events: 6

Wins: Tar Heel Intercollegiate; Warrior Wave Intercollegiate; Puerto Rico Classic

Top-10s: 5

Top-5s: 4

Worst finish: T-20, Rod Myers Invitational

Last finish: Won, Puerto Rico Classic

The skinny: He’s won his past two starts and three of six this season. The strength of schedule, and a T-20 at the Rod Myers Invitational, hurt his ranking, though. He’s another player who made a big leap this week, though.

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6. Julien Brun, TCU sophomore

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 5

Golfstat Cup: 5

Last Haskins List rank: 12

Events: 6

Wins: Carmel Cup; Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate

Top-10s: 4

Top-5s: 3

Worst finish: T-21, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

Last finish: Won, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate

The skinny: Picking up his second victory this year (and first in a full-field event) gives a big boost to his candidacy. He was a first-team All-American last season and runner-up at the NCAA Championship and has won on the European Challenge Tour.

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7. Trevor Simsby, Washington junior

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 8

Golfstat Cup: 8

Last Haskins List rank: 4

Events: 6

Wins: Pac-12 Preview

Top-10s: 4

Top-5s: 4

Worst finish: T-26, Ping-Golfweek Preview

Last finish: T-17, The Prestige

The skinny: The junior has two second-place finishes (Kikkor-Husky Invitational, Amer Ari Invitational) to go along with his Pac-12 Preview win. It's been quite the rise for the junior, who was outside the top 100 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings last year. His candidacy takes a slight hit with a second finish outside the top-10.

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8. Jace Long, Missouri senior

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 18

Golfstat Cup: 6

Last Haskins List rank: 8

Events: 7

Wins: Turning Stone Intercollegiate; Golfweek Conference Challenge; Champs/Patriot Intercollegiate; Snowman Getaway Classic

Top-10s: 6

Top-5s: 4

Worst finish: T-11, The Farms Intercollegiate

The skinny: Long has finished first in four of seven starts this season (his last start, at the Snowman Getaway, was a tie for the top spot). Because of his schedule – it ranks 807th in the nation – he'll need to pick up even more wins to contend for player of the year honors, though.

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9. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford sophomore

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 16

Golfstat Cup: 23

Events: 7

Last Haskins List rank: 3

Wins: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, U.S. Collegiate

Top-10s: 3

Top-5s: 2

Worst finish: T-49, Amer Ari Invitational

Last finish: T-15, The Prestige

The skinny: Rodgers has two victories at prestigious events, but his other five starts have all resulted in finishes outside the top-5. He’ll need to win more to make up for this lack of consistency.

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10. Daniel Berger, Florida State sophomore

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 6

Golfstat Cup: 13

Last Haskins List rank: 7

Events: 4

Wins: Gator Invitational

Top-10s: 3

Top-5s: 3

Worst finish: T-16, Ping-Golfweek Preview

Last finish: Won, Gator Invitational

The skinny: Berger failed to qualify for Florida State's first event of the year. How quickly things have turned. One of the events on his record, the Cabo Intercollegiate (T-5), was just an 18-hole event, though. He also has a win (Gator) and runner-up (Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational) to his credit.

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11. Justin Thomas, Alabama sophomore

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 9

Golfstat Cup: 15

Last Haskins List rank: 6

Events: 6

Wins: Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate

Top-10s: 3

Top-5s: 3

Worst finish: T-26, Ping-Golfweek Preview

Last finish: T-12, Puerto Rico Classic

The skinny: He only has three top-10s this season, but that’s a bit deceiving. He’s finished in the top-12 in five of six starts this season. He’s trying to become the first repeat Haskins Award winner since Phil Mickelson.

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12. Corey Conners, Kent State junior

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Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 10

Golfstat Cup: 20

Last Haskins List rank: 14

Events: 5

Wins: Gopher Invitational

Top-10s: 3

Top-5s: 3

Worst finish: T15, Inverness Intercollegiate

Last finish: 5th, Western Refining College Golf All-America Classic

The skinny: The Kent State junior from Canada opened his fall with a win at the Gopher Invitational and has finished in the top-15 in all five starts this year.

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