Rodgers claims first Tour win in Colombia
Wins the 2015 Colombia Championship Presented by Claro in a playoff over Steve Marino
February 08, 2015
By Joe Chemycz, PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick Rodgers ranked first in birdies for the week with 25. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
BOGOTA, Colombia – Rookie Patrick Rodgers of Indiana rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Steve Marino and win the weather-delayed Colombia Championship presented by Claro.
Rodgers, who broke Tiger Woods’ all-time scoring record during three All-American seasons at Stanford, closed regulation play with an all-world birdie at the par-5 18th after hitting his tee shot into a hazard.
“I must have been amped up because that shot doesn’t normally go that far,” said Rodgers. “I had a really awkward stance in there and had to get the ball up quickly and still keep it under the trees.”
Rodgers chipped out sideways and then wedged his third shot to within three feet. He canned the birdie putt for a 6-under 65 that gave him the clubhouse lead at 17-under 269. Marino, the 54-hole leader, made a short birdie putt of his own on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff.
Following a pair of two-putt pars on the first extra hole, Rodgers stuffed a 7-iron from 198 yards inside of 10 feet to put the pressure on Marino, who wound up missing another lengthy birdie putt.
“This is huge,” said Rodgers, who earned the win in 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.
The four-day schedule was turned into a game of catch-up thanks to a series of afternoon storms that forced several suspensions of play.
The field of 77 had to finish the third round early Sunday morning and barely had enough time to exhale before heading back out in the same threesomes for the fourth round.
“I didn’t even know if we’d get in 72 holes and that’s a huge credit to the entire tournament staff,” said the 22-year-old winner. “I loved this course from the start. It’s such a great test of golf.”
Rodgers finished off a 5-under 66 early Sunday to close out the third round but trailed Marino by four as he headed back to the first tee.
“I knew that it would be a birdie fest with the greens being soft,” he said. “I just tried to go out with the pedal to the metal and make as many as I could.”
Five birdies in his first 10 holes pushed put Rodgers into contention for the first time all week.
“I had to keep being patient and try to make birdie on every hole,” he said. “I think this course suits my game well. It allows me to put the ball in play and take advantage of my wedge game.”
Sunday’s closing round waited out another suspension in play but 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.”
Rodgers former Stanford teammate Andrew Yun (65) finished tied for third along with Chase Wright (69), two shots back while Tyler McCumber (69) of Jacksonville, Fla., was solo fifth, four off the pace.
Wow! What a week! So thrilled to get my first victory as a pro! A lot of hard work and a lot of help… http://t.co/RkRSlfxwbt— Patrick Rodgers (@PRodgersGolf) February 9, 2015
• Sunday weather: Mostly cloudy with morning rain showers. Winds were calm. Overnight low 54. Daytime high 63. Total rainfall 0.10”.
• Fourth-round play was suspended at 1:45 p.m. due to dangerous conditions in the area. More than half the field had completed 72 holes (39 of 77), thus committing the event to finish 72 holes. Play resumed at 3:07 p.m.
• Lift, clean and place conditions were in effect for the fourth round.
• PATRICK RODGERS earns his first career win at the age of 22 years, 7 months and 9 days.
• Rodgers’ win comes in his seventh career Tour start.
• Rodgers earned $144,000 for the win and increased his season total to $150,092. He finished T21 at last week’s Panama Claro Championship and earned $6,092.
• Rodgers spent three years at Stanford University and was a three-time All-American for the Cardinal. He equaled the all-time school record for wins (11) held by Tiger Woods. He broke Woods’ all-time scoring average. He tuned pro in June 2014.
• Rodgers became only the fourth player since 1990 (Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Ryan Moore) to receive all three of college golf’s top honors – the Jack Nicklaus Award, Ben Hogan Award and the Fred Haskins Award – in the same season (2014).
• Rodgers is the first first-time winner and the first rookie winner on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
• Rodgers is the fourth player in the tournament’s six-year history to make the Colombia Championship his first Tour win. He joins Steve Pate (2010), Patrick Cantlay (2013) and Alex Cejka (2014) as first-time winners.
• Steve Marino’s bogey at No. 4 Sunday ended his bogey-free streak at 60 holes. He played his final three holes at last week’s Panama Claro Championship and his first 57 holes this week without a bogey.
• Marino’s runner-up finish is his best in his 35 career starts on the Web.com Tour. His previous best was a T6 at the 2006 Tour Championship.
• Marino has yet to win on either the Web.com Tour or the PGA TOUR. He has finished second four times on the PGA TOUR:
2008 OHL Classic at Mayakoba
2nd 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial P2 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii
T2 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational
• Andrew Yun, who was a junior at Stanford when Rodgers was a freshman, closed with two birdies on his final three holes for a round of 65 and an eventual tie for third. Yun (YOON) missed the cut at last week’s Panama Claro Championship, his first career start on Tour as a professional. This was his fourth career Tour start – he twice played in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship as an amateur, but missed the cut in both. His first Tour paycheck was worth $46,400. Yun has yet to make a start on the PGA TOUR.
• Notable players in the field and how they fared over the first 36 holes:
Won Panama Claro Championship last week Harold Varner
T12 Runner-up at Panama Claro Championship Jamie Sadlowski T59 Two-time World Long Drive champion Hao Tong Li
T40 19-year old from China, 54-hole leader last week
• There were eight players in this week’s field from Colombia:
Medellin 74-71—145 (+3) m/c Andres Echavarria Medellin 77-76—153 (+11)
m/c Bernardo Gonzalez
Cali 73-78—151 (+9)
m/c Manuel Merizalde Cali
70-72-68-74—284 T65 Sebastian Pinzon
75-72—147 (+5) m/c Marcelo Rozo Bogota
74-72—146 (+4) m/c David Vanegas Medellin
T31 Manuel Villegas
• There are four players in the field this week who gained eligibility from the 2014 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit (OOM).
No. 1 OOM Hao Tong Li 74-65-72-68—279 (-5)
T40 No. 3 OOM Brett Drewett
70-72-68-73—283 (-1) T59 No. 4 OOM Sam Chien 76-71—147 (+5) m/c No. 5 OOM Todd Baek 72-70-71-70—283 (-1)
• The top five players from the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit (OOM) are in the field this week:
No. 1 OOM
Joel Dahmen 70-68-68-67—273 (-11) T8 No. 2 OOM Matt Harmon 73-77—150 (+8) m/c No. 3 OOM
T50 No. 4 OOM Brock Mackenzie 74-73—147 (+5)
No. 5 OOM
Greg Eason 70-70-67-65—272 (-12)
• The top five players from the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit (OOM) are in the field this week:
No. 1 OOM
Julian Etulain 71-69-68-66—274 (-10) T12 No. 2 OOM Marcelo Rozo
m/c No. 3 OOM Tyler McCumber 66-68-68-69—271 (-13)
5th No. 4 OOM Brad Hopfinger
m/c No. 5 OOM
Jorge Fernandez-Valdes 69-71-70-68—278 (-6)
• The third round resumed at 7:15 a.m. with all 77 players returning to complete the round.
• Steve Marino started the day at 11-under par and two shots back of playing partner Chase Wright. The third member of the group was Roberto Diaz (-10), the first- and second-round leader. The group had completed eight holes. When play resumed, Marino birdied the 9th and 10th holes to pull even with Wright, then added birdies at Nos. 14 and 17 to finish with a 7-under 64 and a 15-under 198 total, two better than Wright (66).
• Marino played the first 54 holes without a bogey.
• Marino’s 54-hole score of 198 is a tournament record, one better than Alex Cejka’s 14-under 199 total from a year ago.
• Scott Drew matched the tournament record with a 6-under 29 on the front nine. Derek Fathauer was the first to shoot 29, in last year’s second round.
• James Nitties had an interesting round of 1-under 70. His scorecard consisted of seven birdies, six bogeys and five pars.
MISCELLANEOUS TOURNAMENT NOTES:
• Bogey-free rounds this week:
62 – Roberto Diaz 67 – Zack Fischer, Steve Marino
68 – Kevin Tway, Vaughn Taylor R2 65 – David Vanegas 66 – Abraham Ancer, Rod Pampling 67 – Steve Marino, Chase Wright 69 – Sebasian Cappelen R3 64 – Steve Marino 65 – Brady Schnell 66 – Chase Wright, Patrick Rodgers
68 – David Vanegas, D.H. Lee R4 65 –Greg Eason 68 – Roberto Diaz, Martin Piller, Michael Kim 69 – Ben Kohles
• Low rounds of the day:
62 – Roberto Diaz R2 65 – David Vanegas, Hao Tong Li, Ryan Spears R3 63 – Peter Tomasula R4
65 – Patrick Rodgers, Greg Eason
• Scoring Averages for the week:
Front (35) Back (36) Total (71) Round 1 35.7243 36.000 71.743 Round 2 35.215 35.660 70.875 Round 3 34.416 34.935 69.351 Round 4 35.052
69.987 Cumulative 35.219 35.518 70.738
• DID YOU KNOW THAT –
-- The impressive Golf Museum in Bogota has sample pieces of the world’s largest gold and retains nearly 34,000 pieces of gold and 19,600 objects from pre-Colombian cultures.
-- Colombia is rich in natural resources, and its principal industries include oil, mining, chemicals, health-related products, agricultural products, textile and fabrics, construction equipment, banking and financial services.
• NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour will be idle for three weeks and will return to Colombia for the inaugural Karibana Championship at TPC Cartagena March 5-8. From there, the Tour will head to Sao Paolo, Brasil for the Brasil Champions presented by HSBC March 12-15 at the Sao Paulo Golf Cub. The Tour finishes up the South America swing the next week with the Chile Classic in Santiago at the Club de Golf Mapocho March 19-22.
Patrick Rodgers comments after Round 4 of Colombia Championship