We’re simply two watch lists in, and the race for the 2018 Fred Haskins Award introduced by Stifel is already hotly contested.

Defending Haskins winner Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss, recent off his second win of the season, now tops the record, adopted intently by Alabama’s Davis Riley, Oregon’s Norman Xiong and USC’s Justin Suh, all of whom have gained no less than as soon as this fall. (Xiong, like Thornberry, has two wins in three begins.)

The Haskins Award is given yearly to the perfect school participant, as voted by gamers, coaches and media. Haskins Award winners through the years embrace such notable future professionals as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan.

Final season, Thornberry beat out LSU’s Sam Burns and Oregon’s Wyndham Clark for the Haskins Award.

Here’s a take a look at the present candidates for this season’s Haskins Award:

1. Braden Thornberry

  • Yr: Junior
  • Faculty: Ole Miss
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 6
  • Outcomes: Gained, Shoal Creek Intercollegiate; gained, FAMC Intercollegiate; fifth, Erin Hills Intercollegiate
  • The excitement: The defending Haskins winner began his fall out with a victory and added one other by efficiently defending his title on the FAMC Intercollegiate. He actually is a closing seventy five at Erin Hills away from three victories this season.

2. Davis Riley

  • Yr: Junior
  • Faculty: Alabama
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 2
  • Outcomes: Gained, Olympia Fields/Preventing Illini Invitational; T-three, Carpet Capital Collegiate; T-6, Jerry Pate Nationwide Intercollegiate
  • The excitement: His Haskins inventory continues to be boosted by his win at Olympia Fields. On the Jerry Pate, he turned in two sub-sixty eight rounds and completed solo sixth.

three. Norman Xiong

  • Yr: Sophomore
  • Faculty: Oregon
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 9
  • Outcomes: Gained, Nike Golf Collegiate; T-1, Rod Myers Invitational; T-forty two, Trinity Forest Invitational
  • The excitement: There can be debate about whether or not Xiong ought to be this excessive proper now. His T-forty two end at Trinity Forest definitely is a large blemish on his Haskins resume. Nevertheless, he has two wins, together with one on the elite Nike occasion at Pumpkin Ridge, the place he beat Haskins contenders akin to Justin Suh, Brandon Wu and Bryson Nimmer, in addition to notables Doc Redman, Brad Dalke, Will Zalatoris, Doug Ghim, Scottie Scheffler and Theo Humphrey.

Justin Suh USC

four. Justin Suh

  • Yr: Junior
  • Faculty: USC
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: four
  • Outcomes: Gained, Trinity Forest Invitational; T-2, Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational; T-9, Olympia Fields/Preventing Illini Invitational
  • The excitement: Has gotten higher every week and is constructing a pleasant Haskins resume. Three prime-10s in as many occasions to start out the season and the unquestioned chief of the Trojans.

5. Alex del Rey

  • Yr: Sophomore
  • Faculty: Arizona State
  • Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: three
  • Outcomes: Gained, Maui Jim Invitational; fourth, Gopher Invitational; T-19, Alister Mackenzie Invitational
  • The excitement: Adopted his first collegiate win with a mean efficiency – by Haskins requirements – on the Meadow Membership. He began out with a seventy three earlier than closing with consecutive rounds of sixty eight to complete 10 photographs again of winner Okay.Okay. Limbhasut. Brandon Wu of Stanford is true on his heels to crack the highest 5.

Subsequent 5

  • Brandon Wu, Jr., Stanford (1)
  • Nick Hardy, Sr., Illinois (5)
  • Chandler Phillips, Jr., Texas A&M (10)
  • Bryson Nimmer, Jr., Clemson (eight)
  • Dawson Armstrong, Sr., Lipscomb (eleven)