The superb spring season of Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers got even better when he was selected to receive the Ben Hogan Award as the nation's top college golfer over the past 12 months.
Rodgers was medalist at the NCAA regional in Oregon last week, the latest victory in a run in which he has won five of his last six tournaments and was runner-up in the other. His 11 career victories ties Tiger Woods for the most in Stanford history.
Rodgers was part of winning American teams in the Walker Cup and the Palmer Cup, and he has replaced U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick at No. 1 in the world amateur ranking.
By winning the Hogan Award, he received an exemption to the Colonial this week. It will be the fourth PGA Tour start for Rodgers, who has announced he is turning pro after his junior season. He tied for 15th in the John Deere Classic last summer.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.