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Rodgers nabs a 6th-place finish in PGA Tour debut as a member

 

Stanford product Patrick Rodgers played his way onto the PGA Tour with a successful season as a non-member.

He made his PGA Tour debut as a member at the season-opening Fry's.com Open in Napa over the weekend at Silverado Country Club, netting a sixth-place finish.

Rodgers, playing in his first tournament in two months, fired a 2-under 70 in Sunday's final round to finish 12-under for the event.

Rodgers opened the day in a 13th-place tie following rounds of 68, 69 and 69. Maintaining a steady course, he surpassed several players to earn a top-10 finish for the third time, and the first as a PGA Tour member.

Rodgers missed the cut at the Fry's.com Open last year, shooting rounds of 73 and 78.

Emiliano Grillo, 23, of Argentina made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Kevin Na and win in his rookie debut on the PGA Tour. Grillo earned an invitation to next year's Masters for the triumph.

Grillo made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th in regulation for a 3-under 69 to post at 15-under 273. Na got up-and-down from right of the 18th green and made birdie from six feet for a 70 to force a playoff.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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