Golfers Who Won Both the U.S. Amateur, NCAA Championship

How many golfers have won both the U.S. Amateur Championship and the individual championship in the men's NCAA Division I tournament? That number currently stands at 14 golfers. But within that group of 14 there is a smaller set, just five, who won both those prestigious tournaments in the same year.

The U.S. Amateur, staged by the USGA, is the most-prestigious tournament in men's amateur golf in the United States. The NCAA Championship is the highest title available to college golfers.

(Related: Golfers who won both the NCAA title and the U.S. Women's Amateur)

Won U.S. Amateur, NCAA Championship in Same Year

  • Jack Nicklaus: Nicklaus won the 1959 U.S. Amateur by beating Charles Coe, 1-up, in the championship match. But in 1961, Nicklaus became the first golfer to win both the NCAA and the U.S. Amateur championships in the same year. For Ohio State University, Nicklaus won his only NCAA individual championship. And he won his second U.S. Amateur title, this time beating Dudley Wysong in the finals at Pebble Beach by an 8-and-6 score.

  • Phil Mickelson: At Arizona State University, Mickelson won the NCAA title a record-tying three times (Ben Crenshaw also won three NCAA individual championships): 1989, 1990 and 1992. But 1990 was the year he also won the U.S. Amateur. Mickelson defeated Manny Zerman in the title match of the 1990 Amateur, 5 and 4. (Mickelson also won the PGA Tour's 1991 Tucson Open while still at Arizona State.)

  • Tiger Woods: Woods won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles — the only golfer to accomplish that — in 1994, 1995 and 1996. His run culminated with a championship match victory in 1996 over Steve Scott on the 38th hole. It was that year, 1996, that Woods also won the NCAA title. Woods spent two years at Stanford University. In 1996, he added his name to this list by winning the NCAA Championship.

  • Ryan Moore: At the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), Moore won both championships in 2004. That included a U.S. Amateur championship match victory over Luke List by a 2-up score.

  • Bryson DeChambeau: The most-recent golfer to accomplish the NCAA-U.S. Amateur single-season double is DeChambeau, who did so in 2015 while at Southern Methodist University. His final at the U.S. Amateur that year was against Derek Bard, whom he beat by a 7-and-6 score.

Others Who Won Both the NCAA, U.S. Amateur Championships

  • Chandler Egan — Egan won the NCAA fall championship in 1902 at Harvard (fall and spring championships were played that year). He won the U.S. Amateur in both 1904 and 1905.
  • Jess Sweetser — Playing for Yale, Sweetser won the 1920 NCAA title, then the 1922 U.S. Amateur.
  • George T. Dunlap Jr. — At Princeton, George Dunlap won the NCAA titles in 1930 and 1931. His U.S. Amateur win was in 1933.
  • Johnny Fischer — Won 1932 NCAA Championship and 1936 U.S. Amateur. He played collegiately at the University of Michigan.
  • E. Harvie Ward — For the University of North Carolina, Ward won the 1949 NCAA. His U.S. Amateur wins were in 1955 and 1956.
  • Hillman Robbins Jr. — At Memphis State, Robbins won the 1954 NCAA Championship. Then he won the 1957 Amateur.
  • Bob Murphy — Murphy is the first golfer on this part of the list who won his U.S. Amateur title first, in 1965. A year later, at the University of Florida, Murphy won the NCAA.
  • Scott Verplank — Won the 1984 U.S. Amateur, then, in 1986, won the NCAA Championship. Played collegiately at Oklahoma State University.
  • Justin Leonard — Leonard won the 1992 U.S. Amateur, then, playing at the University of Texas, won the 1994 NCAA Championship.

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