Before they turned pro: Jon Rahm
- Jon Rahm's win at the 2012 Cullum Invitational was one of 11 in his ASU career
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's win 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