Player: Cheng Jin

2017-Cheng Jin
Hometown: Beijing
University: University of Southern California
Area of Study: Business Administration
Expected Graduation: 2020
Soldier Honored: Andrew W. Harvell


  • Jin started for most of his 2017 freshman season, playing in 12 events and finishing with a 72.70 stroke average in 33 rounds with three top 20s (including a top 5) and posting five rounds in the 60s
  • He earned 2017 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors
  • His season was topped by a tie for third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate at 5-under 211 (69-73-69) and an 11th at the Southwestern Invitational at 1-under 215 (73-72-70)
  • He tied for 18th at the Gifford Collegiate at 1-under 143 (75-68)
  • He won once and tied twice in match play at the Gifford Collegiate
  • He tied for 26th at the Pac-12 Championships at 9-over 219 (75-73-71), tied for 38th at the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional at 10-over 223 (78-73-72) and tied for 35th in the stroke play portion of the 2017 NCAA Championships at 4-over 292 (72-70-71-79)
  • He won his lone NCAA Championships match play meeting, 2&1, over Illinois' Theo Humphrey
  • He played as an amateur at the PGA's RBC Heritage in April
  • He earned the exemption after winning the 2016 Players Amateur
  • Following his freshman season, Jin played in the 2017 U.S. Amateur where he tied for 29th in stroke play at 1-over 141 (69-72) and reached the round of 16 before losing (including a match-play opening win over teammate Kaito Onishi)
  • He tied for 11th at the Sahalee Players Championship, tied for 13th at both the Northeast Amateur and the Sunnehanna Amateur and tied for 40th at The Players Championship.


  • Jin has been a mainstay of China's national team for a number of years with a seemingly career's worth of accomplishments to his credit
  • He played in The Master's in May of 2016 where, despite missing the cut, turned in many fine holes
  • He earned the prestigious opportunity by winning the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (he shot a course record 62 in the first round)
  • Cheng has played as an amateur in multiple professional events in China, winning the PGA Tour China's 2014 Nine Dragons Open, becoming the first amateur ever to win a PGA Tour China event (he finished 10th at the event in 2015)
  • He made the cut and tied for 54th at the European Tour's Maybank Championship Malaysia
  • In other PGA Tour China events, he was third in the 2014 Jianye Tianzhu Henan Open, tied for seventh at the 2015 Lanhai Open and at the 2015 Cadillac Championship and tied for 13th at the Pingan Bank Open
  • He also tied for sixth at the 2014 Western Junior Amateur Championship and tied for 12th at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur
  • He played for China at the 27-team 2015 Nomura Cup in Abu Dhabi, where he captured medalist honors.

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