Three Sun Devil Hall of Famers have won the U.S. Amateur.
Can two-time All-American Jon Rahm, who will be a junior this fall, become the fourth?
Rahm will begin his quest to become the first Sun Devil to win the U.S. Amateur since Jeff Quinney in 2000 when he tees it at the Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Monday at 1 p.m. ET.
Rahm, who will be a junior at Arizona State next season with two honorable mention All-America honors in his possession, won the Spanish Amateur earlier this summer by shooting a 5-under 276 that included a 7-under 64 in the final round after starting with a 73 in the first round (with Sun Devil teammate Ben Shur as his caddie) In late June.
Rahm also clinched the Palmer Cup for Europe with a 4 and 2 victory against Wyndham Clark, continuing the strong tradition of Sun Devils playing well in the match play event.
PAST SUN DEVIL U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION RESULTS
1987: Bill Mayfair d. Eric Rebmann, 4 and 3; Jupiter Hills Club (Hills Course), Jupiter, Fla.; Medalist — 141, Scott Gump; Entries: 4,084
2000: Jeff Quinney d. James Driscoll, 39 holes; Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.; Medalists — 137, Jim Salinetti, Jeff Wilson; Entries: 7,124
PAR AND YARDAGE: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course will be set up at 7,490 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71. The companion stroke-play qualifying course, Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course will be set up at 7,381 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72.
ABOUT SUN DEVIL JON RAHM
--Rahm won the 2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational in March with a record-breaking 21-under 192 and led the nation for the second straight year with 12 eagles after notching nine in his freshman season.
--He will enter his junior season of 2014-15 with three collegiate tournament wins, a 71.13 stroke average in 27 career events and 31 rounds in the 60s.
--The Spaniard has posted par or better in 47 of 83 career rounds. This past season his 70.84 stroke average was the best by a Sun Devil since Niklas Lemke shot 70.03 in 2006-07.
--He also averaged 3.06 on par-three scoring, best by a Sun Devil since Chez Reavie averaged 3.05 in 2003-04.
--Rahm earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013-14 and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012-13.
--He shot a NCAA Championship opening-round record of 61 on May 28, 2013.
JON RAHM CAREER COLLEGIATE WINS
2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational 62-64-66=192/-21 (March 21-23, 2014)
2013 Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic 72-70-67=209/-7 (March 11-12, 2013)
2012 Bill Cullum Invitational 72-65-67=204/-12 (Oct. 21-22, 2012)
JON RAHM CAREER STATISTICS
2013-14: 12 TOURNAMENTS/37 ROUNDS/70.84 STROKE AVERAGE
2012-13: 15 TOURNAMENTS/46 ROUNDS/71.37 STROKE AVERAGE
CAREER: 27 TOURNAMENTS/83 ROUNDS/71.13 STROKE AVERAGE
ABOUT THAT 2014 THUNDERBIRD SCORE: Jon Rahm's 21-under 192 at the 2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational in March broke the school's 54-hole final score record and the Thunderbird Invitational record, while ASU's 817 was the lowest team score in the history of the tournament.
SUN DEVIL LOWEST 54-HOLE TOURNAMENT SCORES (1993-94 TO PRESENT)
Jon Rahm, 192/-21 (2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational)
Jesper Kennegard, 197/-13 (2008 UH Hilo Invitational)
Benjamin Alvarado, 198/-18 (2007 NCAA West Regional in Tempe)
Alejandro Canizares, 200/-16 (2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational)
Jeff Quinney, 201/-15 (1999 ASU Thunderbird Invitational)