Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve head of Rory McIlroy, the winner of the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. Odds are until a few days ago, you’d never heard of Patrick Rodgers, the player who finished T-2 at Quail Hollow behind Rory.
So who the heck is Patrick Rodgers?
A year ago, he was the No 1. ranked amateur golfer in the world and two-time All American at Stanford University. Then last June, he turned pro ahead of the Travelers Championship, signing with Nike Golf.
Since then, Rodgers has been playing on the Web.com Tour, where he won the Colombia Championship earlier this year and is No. 3 on that Tour’s money list. Rodgers, 22, seems all but a lock to earn his PGA Tour card for next season through that circuit.
In the final round of the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship, Rodgers sinks a 20-foot putt for eagle on the par-5 10th hole.
At the Wells Fargo, Rodgers was playing on a sponsor exemption, and needed to finish alone in second place to claim enough FedEx Cup points to earn special temporary membership on the Tour. The key word there is ‘alone.’ Webb Simpson also finished T-2 at 14-under, meaning Rodgers has three more starts to earn special temporary status, which would give him unlimited sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour.
He’s playing next week at Colonial on a sponsor exemption, his top-10 finish at Quail Hollow earns him a spot in the field at the Byron Nelson Championship and he’s already in the field at the Memorial. He needs to earn nine FedEx Cup points, which would be equal to a top-60 finish at any of those events, to earn special status.
Even if he doesn’t earn his full Tour card this season, it’s just a matter of time for the talented youngster.
WATCH: Patrick Rodgers on turning professional prior to the 2014 Travelers Championship