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McNealy, Horsfield top Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking, as Hossler drops out

Maverick McNealy, shown at the 2015 U.S. Amateur
Maverick McNealy, shown at the 2015 U.S. Amateur ( Tracy Wilcox )

Friday, April 1, 2016

Stanford junior Maverick McNealy and Florida freshman Sam Horsfield topped the U.S. and European Arnold Palmer Cup rankings, respectively, on Thursday.

The rankings were the second of the spring for the 2016 event at Formby (England) Golf Club on June 24-26.

The top six golfers from each ranking, as of April 15, will be among the 10 players selected to each team. Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes, and a negative bonus for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.

In the first iteration of the standings this spring, Jon Rahm's name had been removed, as the Arizona State senior had informed Palmer Cup officials that he did not plan to play in this year's event.

Matthew NeSmith, a South Carolina senior, and Aaron Wise, an Oregon sophomore and the No. 9 American in the initial spring standings, have told Palmer Cup officials the same and thus have been removed from the rankings.

Add Beau Hossler to that list. The No. 1 American in the rankings at the start of the spring, Hossler was not listed in Thursday's standings after notifying Palmer Cup officials that he also doesn't plan to compete in this year's event. Hossler went 3-1 in a winning American Palmer Cup effort last summer at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

A Texas junior, Hossler, already one of college golf's best players, has broken out in 2015-16. The 21-year-old has won four times for the Longhorns this season, and captured a six-shot win at the Jones Cup, a prestigious amateur event, in February.

For his efforts, Hossler has ascended to the No. 1 spot in Golfweek's collegiate individual rankings.

Hossler could turn pro after this season. John Fields, Texas' men's head coach, declined to comment on his star player's future plans.

The Longhorns head man did offer rationale on Hossler's Palmer Cup absence.

"Last summer, (Beau) played in everything you can think of: the Palmer Cup, the Pan-American games, he played a full schedule of amateur golf. He played the U.S. Amateur and then played the Walker Cup, and he was just exhausted at the end," Fields said. "I think he wants to pace himself a little bit more, obviously he's playing really good golf right now.

The future for him, if you ask him what he's thinking about, he's thinking about getting to Augusta (for Texas' 3M Augusta Invitational event this weekend) right now and playing good golf there. That's all he's thinking about. He just wants to finish this season off and create some great opportunities for himself, whether it's exemptions into pro tournaments as an amateur, who knows. The No. 1 thing he's trying to do right now is pace himself, and I think he just wanted to give somebody else an opportunity because he's already done that."

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U.S.

Rank Player Year School Percentile
1 Maverick McNealy Junior Stanford 0.9983
2 Charlie Danielson Senior Illinois 0.9967
3 Michael Johnson Senior Auburn 0.9956
4 Rico Hoey Senior USC 0.9945
5 Zach Wright Senior LSU 0.9911
6 Nahum Mendoza III Junior San Diego State 0.9900
7 Hank Lebioda Senior Florida State 0.9889
8 Patrick Martin Freshman Vanderbilt 0.9861
9 Doug Ghim Sophomore Texas 0.9850
10 Greyson Sigg Junior Georgia 0.9828
11 Will Gordon Freshman Vanderbilt 0.9822
12 Dylan Meyer Sophomore Illinois 0.9811
13 Charles Huntzinger Freshman Penn State 0.9789
14 Will Zalatoris Sophomore Wake Forest 0.9786
15 Adam Wood Sophomore Duke 0.9784
16 Corey Pereira Junior Washington 0.9784
17 Davis Riley Freshman Alabama 0.9783
18 David Kocher Sophomore Maryland 0.9768
19 Tyler McDaniel Sophomore Kentucky 0.9761
20 Gavin Hall Junior Texas 0.9750
21 Derek Bard Junior Virginia 0.9745
22 Dawson Armstrong Sophomore Lipscomb 0.9734
23 Stephen Behr Senior Clemson 0.9727
24 Sean Crocker Sophomore USC 0.9703
25 Luke Kwon Senior Oklahoma 0.9688

Europe

Rank Name Year School Country Percentile
1 Sam Horsfield Freshman Florida England 0.9961
2 Lars van Meijel Junior Memphis Netherlands 0.9889
3 Matthias Schwab Junior Vanderbilt Austria 0.9889
4 Adrian Meronk Senior East Tennessee State Poland 0.9873
5 Aksel Olsen Senior USF Norway 0.9817
6 Riccardo Michelini Senior San Diego State Italy 0.9761
7 David Boote Senior Stanford Wales 0.9761
8 Robin Petersson Senior Augusta Sweden 0.9712
9 Antoine Rozner Senior Missouri-Kansas City France 0.9668
10 Robin Sciot-Siegrist Senior Louisville France 0.9500
11 Paul McBride Sophomore Wake Forest Ireland 0.9482
12 J.J. Grey Senior Georgia State England 0.9478
13 Jeremy Paul Junior Colorado Germany 0.9467
14 Martin Eriksson Senior McNeese State Sweden 0.9395
15 Hannes Ronneblad Junior Texas Tech Sweden 0.9395
16 Kristoffer Ventura Sophomore Oklahoma State Norway 0.9302
17 Philip Juel-Berg Senior Colorado Denmark 0.9280
18 Ryan Cornfield Senior USC Upstate England 0.9261
19 Rowin Caron Senior Florida State Netherlands 0.9235
20 Harry Hall Freshman UNLV England 0.9142
21 Haraldur Magnus Senior Louisiana-Lafayette Iceland 0.9123
22 Andreas Gjesteby Senior Baylor Norway 0.9069
23 Tom Harris Senior Maryland England 0.9482
24 Adria Arnaus Senior Texas A&M Spain 0.8969
25 Thomas Perrot Senior Memphis France 0.8958

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