Again in 2014, Patrick Reed had no drawback mentioning himself a “top-Five participant on the planet.” 5 years later, he used to be extra hesitant in striking himself a number of the 5 best possible school avid gamers of the previous 10 years.
“It is onerous to mention,” Reed stated previous this month within the Bahamas.
Reed simplest gained 3 times in school however left Augusta State with two NCAA workforce titles and a blemish-free 6-Zero match-play listing on the NCAA Championship.
“I do not know if any individual else has completed that,” Reed stated.
On the time, Reed used to be the one one, however this previous spring Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland gained two fits to finish his NCAA match-play profession at 6-0. Hovland, regardless that, simplest has one NCAA workforce name to his credit score.
On the subject of best possible school avid gamers of the previous decade, there are a large number of worthy applicants – Jon Rahm, Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas to call a couple of – and no simple No. 1. Rahm performed 4 seasons at Arizona State whilst Thomas spent simply two years at Alabama.
“I simplest had two years,” Thomas stated. “I’d assume if I performed all of them, I would have significantly better argument.”
Jordan Spieth, in the meantime, performed simply 3 semesters at Texas, regardless that Spieth contends he will have confronted the hardest pageant of the last decade in 2011-12, the similar season that Thomas edged him out for participant of the yr however Spieth countered by means of beating Thomas within the NCAA ultimate and serving to the Longhorns to the workforce name.
“I believe I used to be taking part in in a length within the ultimate decade that used to be about as sturdy as any length when you take a look at what number of people have been taking part in my freshman yr that are actually at the PGA Excursion,” Spieth stated.
So far as wins cross, Rahm, Rodgers and Stanford’s Maverick McNealy each and every gained 11 instances. Rodgers, then again, did so in 3 seasons.
“Had he stayed yet another yr, he would possibly have got extra,” Rahm stated.
So far as longevity is anxious, regardless that, Rahm used to be nice for the longest length of the last decade. He gained in each and every of his 4 seasons. As a freshman, his 165 birdies made led the country. As a senior, he by no means completed outdoor the highest 10 in any match.
“I am proud to mention I am the most productive right-hander to play at ASU,” Rahm quipped, alluding to completing 5 profession wins shy of former Solar Satan and lefty Phil Mickelson. He then added: “It is not honest for me to grade myself, however I’d say simply on account of the 2 Ben Hogans [Awards] and the consistency, yeah. I used to be going to mention possibly height 5, however being assured in myself, I will go away that out for critics and whoever’s comparing.”
Talking of comparing, here is our first, moment and 3rd All-Decade groups:
Maverick McNealy, Stanford (2013-17)
A four-year participant, McNealy is tied with Patrick Rodgers and Tiger Woods for probably the most profession wins in class historical past (11). He’s the school-record holder in scoring reasonable (70.12). As a sophomore, he gained six instances, together with Percent-12 and regional titles, en path to successful the Haskins and Nicklaus awards. He used to be a three-time first-team All-American.
Jon Rahm, Arizona State (2012-16)
A two-time Hogan Award winner and the Nicklaus Award recipient as a senior, Rahm gained 11 instances in 4 seasons with the Solar Devils, together with two regional titles and the Percent-12 particular person name. He ended his profession with a 70.21 scoring reasonable.
Patrick Rodgers, Stanford (2011-14)
Tied with McNealy and Woods with 11 profession wins and ranks moment at the back of McNealy in profession scoring reasonable (70.31). Rodgers’ junior season, his ultimate at Stanford, incorporated six victories and the Haskins and Nicklaus awards.
Justin Thomas, Alabama (2011-13)
Opened his school profession with a win and completed his freshman yr with 4 victories amongst 9 top-10s whilst sweeping the main school awards – Haskins, Nicklaus and Mickelson. He gained SEC and regional titles that season, too. He completed his profession with six overall victories and a 70.73 scoring reasonable. As a sophomore, he used to be a second-team All-American however helped Alabama to its first NCAA name.
Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State (2017-19)
Capped his two-year profession with the 2019 NCAA particular person name, the 6th win of his sophomore season and profession. Amongst his 13 top-5s have been 5 runner-up finishes. He gained the Phil Mickelson Award as a freshman and the Haskins and Nicklaus awards as a sophomore. He completed with a 69.44 profession scoring reasonable and used to be a two-time first-team All-American.
Patrick Cantlay, UCLA (2010-12)
Received 4 instances and totaled 14 top-10s whilst posting a 70.7 scoring reasonable in two seasons with the Bruins. Received the Haskins, Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson awards as a freshman and the McCormack Medal as a sophomore.
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State (2016-19)
Received 4 instances and posted 14 top-5s in 3 seasons with the Cowboys. He by no means completed worse than T-7 in a Large 12 Championship or NCAA regional and helped Oklahoma State to the 2018 NCAA name. He went 6-Zero in NCAA tournament play all the way through his profession and completed with a 70.48 profession scoring reasonable.
Collin Morikawa, Cal (2015-19)
In 4 years with the Bears, he gained 5 instances however gathered an eye-popping 22 top-5s amongst 35 top-10s. He completed his profession with a 69.78 scoring reasonable and gained the Percent-12 name as a senior.
Robby Shelton, Alabama (2013-16)
Received a program-record seven instances and posted 17 top-5s in 3 seasons. He additionally holds the college listing for profession scoring reasonable (70.42) and has 3 of the 4 best possible single-season stroke averages. He used to be a three-time first-team All-American and gained the Phil Mickelson Award in 2014 whilst serving to the Tide to the nationwide name.
Braden Thornberry, Ole Omit (2015-18)
Set a college listing with 11 victories in three-and-a-half seasons in Oxford, together with the 2017 NCAA Championship. He additionally gained the Haskins Award that yr. He completed his profession with a 70.77 scoring reasonable.
Beau Hossler, Texas (2013-16)
Capped his three-year profession at Texas with the 2016 Haskins Award. He used to be a two-time Large 12 Participant of the 12 months and 5 of his six profession wins got here as a junior. He additionally had 23 top-10s and helped Texas achieve the 2016 NCAA ultimate in spite of struggling a season-ending shoulder damage within the semifinal tournament.
Patrick Reed, Augusta (2009-11)
After a brief stint at Georgia, Reed transferred to Augusta and led the Jaguars to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2010 and ’11. He gained 3 times in his profession however extra impressively went 6-Zero in NCAA tournament play. His 71.33 profession scoring reasonable is the most productive in class historical past.
Jordan Spieth, Texas (2011-12)
Performed simply 3 semesters with the Longhorns, however gained 3 times, used to be a first-team All-American and Large 12 Participant of the Participant as a freshman and helped Texas win the 2012 NCAA Championship.
Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State (2008-11)
Received six instances in three-and-a-half seasons in Stillwater, together with an NCAA regional as a sophomore all the way through a streak by which he additionally completed runner-up at Large 12s and the NCAA Championship. He tied for 3rd on the 2011 NCAA Championship as a junior and gained the Hogan Award later that summer season thank you largely to his 2010 U.S. Beginner victory.
Norman Xiong, Oregon (2016-18)
In simply two seasons, Xiong set the college listing with seven particular person victories, together with six all the way through a sophomore season by which he gained each the Haskins and Nicklaus awards. He additionally completed because the Geese’ profession chief in scoring reasonable (69.91).