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Rodgers joins exclusive club with seventh career victory

 

Add another win to junior Patrick Rodgers' resume and add another piece of hardware to the Stanford men's golf office.

Rodgers shot an even-par 71 to claim medalist honors on the final day of the Prestige at PGA West, finishing the 54-hole event with a 9-under 204.

Stanford won the team title at PGA West's Greg Norman Course by surviving a Wednesday charge by Washington, which narrowed a 14-shot deficit with a final-round 14-under to finish two shots behind the Cardinal, which finished with a team score of 831.

Rodgers held off Arizona State's Max Rottluff, who was 4-under on the day and finished at 8-under for the tournament.

Joining Rodgers in the top-10 were teammates Cameron Wilson, who tied for fourth at 6-under, and Jim Liu, who was tied for seventh at 4-under.

The win was the seventh in less than three seasons for Rodgers, who is now tied for second with Joel Kribel for career victories by a Cardinal player. The pair trails only Tiger Woods' 11 career wins.

"I'm really excited for the team to pick up our second win of the season, and hats off to Washington for a solid round to finish the tournament," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "Our guys held strong and finished well."

The wire-to-wire victory was the second win on the season for Stanford, which also captured the Erin Hills Invitational last fall. Rodgers was the individual champion at the event.

"We had contributions from all players in the lineup and it was neat to see Patrick Rodgers win another individual title," Ray said. "We're looking forward to working on a few loose ends to get ready for our next event."

Rodgers had a pair of bogeys and back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 to finish his final round. The birdie on the par-5 12th was his third in as many circuits.

Wilson also birdied the 12th in each of his three rounds and finished with a 2-under 69 to close the tournament.

Liu was 3-under on the front and played the back nine even for his final-round 68, one stroke behind his prior round.

David Boote, who tied for 21st, was even for the tournament and Maverick McNealy shared 24th-place honors at 1-over.

Viraat Badhwar had himself a turkey with birdies on holes eight, nine and 10. Badhwar then went for the Thanksgiving dinner with birdies on 11 and 12 to complete the five-hole masterpiece.

Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes saved his best round for Wednesday with an even showing. Dominick Francks settled for 14-over for the tournament. Keegan English's 74 produced his best scorecard of the three-day event.

Stanford gets back to action with a trip to Las Vegas for the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 7-9).

— Stanford Athletics

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