Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Rodgers, Jordan Spieth named Hogan Award finalists
ORLANDO, Fla. - Golfweek and Baird Private Wealth Management announced that a trio of young collegiate stars have been named finalists for the prestigious 2012 Hogan Award.

UCLA's Patrick Cantlay, Texas' Jordan Spieth and Stanford's Patrick Rodgers will vie for the award at the annual banquet set for May 21 at 8 p.m. EDT. Golfweek will broadcast the award show live on Golfweek.com, complete with player and coach interviews.

The 2012 class is the youngest in the award's 11-year history. Spieth and Rodgers are entering the final weeks of their freshman campaign, and Cantlay is a sophomore. Before this year, only two freshmen (Cantlay and Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler, in 2008) had been finalists.

Here are some quick nuggets about each finalist:

Patrick Cantlay, sophomore, UCLA

While Cantlay picked up no wins in the 2011- 12 collegiate regular season, his low-amateur status at the Masters and U.S. Open, as well as top-25 finishes in four PGA Tour stops in the past year, earned a spot in the final three for the second straight year. Cantlay is No. 9 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

Jordan Spieth, freshman, Texas

Spieth took little time to get acclimated to the college game, picking up three wins in the 2011- 12 season en route to being named Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Spieth, the 2009 and '11 U.S. Junior champion, joins Tiger Woods as the only two- time winners. Spieth is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Patrick Rodgers, freshman, Stanford

Rodgers is the first Cardinal player to make the cut as a finalist for the Hogan Award. Rodgers won two events as a freshman, coming after a summer in which he was a standout for the U.S. Walker Cup team and won the Porter Cup. Rodgers is No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarins.

ABOUT THE Ben Hogan Award

The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to honor the best college golf player in the United States. Since 2005, the award winner is named at a ceremony prior to the PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and is invited to the following year's tournament.

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