TOP50 MALE PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. CHRIS WILLIAMS, Washington, Sr.
Enters season No. 1 on the World Am
ranking after Western Am win. U W’s
all-time career victory leader ( 6).
2. JUSTIN THOMAS, Alabama, Soph.
Earned Nicklaus, Haskins awards as
college POY. Set school scoring record
(70.44 avg.) and won 4 times.
3. JORDAN SPIETH, Texas, Soph.
Posted 9 top- 7 finishes in 11 starts,
including 2 wins (Isleworth, Morris
Williams). Low am at U. S. Open ( T- 21).
4. PATRICK RODGERS, Stanford, Soph.
VIctorious in first college start
(Olympia Fields), one of 2 wins and 10
top-10s. Finalist for Ben Hogan Award.
5. T. J. VOGEL, Florida, Sr.
After transfer from USC, was second-team All-American with 2 wins, 71.3 avg.
for Gators. 2012 U.S. PubLinks champion.
6. BOBBY WYATT, Alabama, Jr.
Recorded 6 top-5s to earn third-team
AA honors. Runner-up at SEC, NCAA
regional. Medalist at U.S. Amateur.
7. CHENG-TSUNG PAN, Washington, Soph.
Win at the Prestige highlighted season
with 5 top-5s, 71.29 avg. Two-time U.S.
Amateur quarterfinalist (2007, 2012).
8. JULIEN BRUN, TCU, Soph.
First TCU frosh to be picked first-team
AA. Set or matched school’s season
marks in wins ( 3), top-5s ( 8), avg. (70.51).
9. THOMAS PIETERS, Illinois, Jr.
Illini’s second NCAA champ in 3 years. 2
wins, 6 top-5s helped him become first
Belgian on European Palmer Cup team.
10. MAX HOMA, California, Sr.
Third-team AA in 2011-12. Became first
Cal golfer to have top-10s at NCAA
regionals and nationals in same season.
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THE BEST OF THE REST (listed alphabetically)
Rafael Becker Wichita State Sr. 2 wins, 9 top-10s in 2011-12; 3-time Brazilian Am winner