Before they turned pro: Jon Rahm
- Jon Rahm's win at the 2012 Cullum Invitational was one of 11 in his ASU career
(Arizona State photo)
's win at the 2023 Masters Tournament, following his first major at the 2021 U.S. Open, was the culmination of a trajectory that was years in the making, going all the way back to a top-five finish in the Spanish Stroke Play at the age of 15 in 2010.
Two years later, Rahm earned medalist honors at the European Nations / Sotogrande Cup, but he really took off when he reached Arizona State. As a freshman, he finished second in the NCAA Championship, and the following year he was low scorer at the World Amateur Team Championship (Eisenhower Trophy). He was the back-to-back Spanish Stroke Play champion and ended up winning 11 college tournaments for the Sun Devils, second only to Phil Mickelson in program history.
He achieved No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and earned the Mark McCormack Medal as the top-ranked player. He was the first player ever to earn back-to-back Ben Hogan Awards as the nation's top college golfer.
He previewed his success as a professional by excelling in PGA Tour events as an amateur, with a top-5 finish in the Phoenix Open, and top-10 in the Mayakoba Classic, and low-amateur honors at the U.S. Open.
Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Jon Rahm the amateur:
Jon Rahm named 2015 Ben Hogan Award recipient
May 18, 2015 - Spaniard Jon Rahm, of ASU was announced as the 2015 Ben Hogan Award winner at a press conference held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday evening