Stanford Alum Patrick Rodgers Picks Up Web.com Tour Win in Colombia
February 9, 2015
Stanford alum Patrick Rodgers is off and running on the Web.com Tour.
A rookie, Rodgers sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Steve Marino and win the weather-delayed Colombia Championship on Sunday.
The winning birdie came despite Rodgers knocking his tee shot into a hazard on the par-5 18th during regulation.
“I must have been amped up because that shot doesn’t normally go that far,” Rogers said afterwards. “I had a really awkward stance in there and had to get the ball up quickly and still keep it under the trees.”
After chipping out sideways, Rogers hit his third shot to within three feet of the cup, leading to a birdie and 6-under 65 that temporarily gave him the clubhouse lead at 17-under 269. Marino, who entered the final round as the leader, made his own short putt on 18 in regulation to force the playoff.
Following a pair of two-putt pats on the first extra hole, Rodgers laced a 7-iron from 198 yards out to within eight feet of the flagtstick. Marino also had a birdie putt to keep things going, but missed.
“This is huge,” said Rodgers, who was making only his seventh tour start. “I’ve already had so many ups and downs in my pro career. To be out here and win so early is a dream come true. I’m really excited for the rest of the season.”
Rodgers collected a check for $144,000 and moved to No. 1 on the Web.com Tour money list two weeks into the season.
While at The Farm, Rodgers broke Tiger Woods’ all-time scoring record during three All-American seasons.
Sunday’s closing round of the Colombia Championship featured another suspension in play due to inclement weather but since more than half the field finished, the tournament was locked in for 72 holes.
“It was a unique experience to be called off the course with three holes to go in the most intense moment of my career,” said Rodgers. “To have all that time to think about it and then to come out and birdie two of the last three is something I’m very proud of.”