FORT WORTH, Texas — Spaniard Jon Rahm,
was announced as the 2015 Ben Hogan
at a press conference held at Colonial Country
in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday. The award
given annually since 1990 to the the
male amateur and collegiate golfer of the
With the title, Rahm receives an invitation
next year's Crowne Plaza Invtiational at
Country Club in the 2016 PGA Tour season.
year's winner, former Stanford star Patrick
is in the field in this week's event, one week
tying for second at the Wells Fargo
while playing on a sponsor's exemption.
Rahm has been on a roll this season, and
throughout his college and amateur career. A
highlight of 2015 was his T5 finish on the PGA
at the Phoenix Open. And as recently as
paced his ASU team to a second place finish
Southwest Regional, where he was the
individual player at 10-under.
Rahm cited the late Severiano Ballesteros
idol during an interview before the award was
announced. And a portion of his acceptance
was given in Spanish, so his parents at home
understand. Clearly, Rahm is a young man
bright future, and if his acceptance speech
indication of his ability to handle the limelight,
are really going to connect with him.
Former winners currently on the PGA
include Hunter Mahan (2003), Ricky Barnes
Bill Haas (2004), Ryan Moore (2005), Matt
(2006), Chris Kirk (2007), Rickie Fowler
Kyle Stanley (2009).
Jon Rahm, winner of
NCAA SW Regional on May 16, tees off in the
round at The Farms Golf Club in San