Ole Miss junior Braden Thornberry, Cal junior Collin Morikawa and Texas senior Doug Ghim were named the finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the player who excels in amateur, college and pro events over a 12-month period.
All three are first-time finalists.
The winner – determined after a vote by two-dozen committee members – will be named May 21, before the start of the PGA Tour’s Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial.
Thornberry, the reigning NCAA champion, has won four times this season and has seven top-5 finishes. He also won the Sunnehanna Amateur, reached the second round of the U.S. Amateur, represented the U.S. at the Walker Cup and tied for fourth at the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Morikawa is currently ranked first in both Golfstat’s college rankings and the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The Walker Cupper won the Northeast Amateur, finished second in two other amateur events and went 4-0 during the U.S. rout at Los Angeles Country Club.
Ghim recently earned low-amateur honors at the Masters, after finishing 50th at Augusta National. The 2017 U.S. Amateur runner-up went a perfect 8-0 at the Palmer and Walker Cups last summer, and he claimed medalist honors at the Big 12 Championship last week.
In a tight race, Oregon sophomore Norman Xiong and USC junior Justin Suh – the two favorites for this year’s Haskins Award, as the top college player in the country – were among the semifinalists who did not advance to the final round of voting.