Former Stanford golf All-American gets first pro title


Former Stanford All-American Patrick Rodgers won the Tour's Colombia Championship on Sunday for his first professional golf title, beating Steve Marino with an 8-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff in Bogota.

The 22-year-old Rodgers birdied the final hole of regulation after hitting into a hazard on the par 5. He chipped out sideways and hit a wedge to three feet.

"I must have been amped up because that shot doesn't normally go that far," Rodgers said. "I had a really awkward stance in there and had to get the ball up quickly and still keep it under the trees."

He finished with a 6-under 65 and 17-under 267 total at Bogota Country Club. Marino also closed with a birdie for a 69.

They opened the playoff with pars on the par-3 12th hole, and Rodgers set up his winning birdie on the par-4 ninth with a 7-iron from 198 yards. Rodgers earned $144,000.

"This is huge," said Rodgers, making his seventh start on the tour. "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."

In the completion of the rain-delayed third round, Rodgers had a 66, and Marino shot 64.

"I didn't even know if we'd get in 72 holes and that's a huge credit to the entire tournament staff," Rodgers said. "I loved this course from the start. It's such a great test of golf."

Andrew Yun, Rodgers' former Stanford teammate, tied for third with Chase Wright at 15 under. Yun had a 65, and Wright shot 69. Yun earned $46,400 for his efforts.

After a three-week break, the tour will return to Colombia on March 5-8 for the Karibana Championship in Cartagena.

— Stanford Athletics


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