Emiliano Grillo beat a PGA Tour winner and a two-time major champion on Sunday. No joke. The 17-year-old super-junior from Argentina took on the pros and beat nearly all of them.
Grillo played in the Tour of Americas’ Argentina Masters and finished 11th at 3-over 287. He beat 119 pros including Andres Romero and Eduardo Romero, who finished T-15 and T-26 respectively. In Argentina – where all three are from and the tournament was played – this is a big deal.
Both Eduardo and Andres are nationally known athletes. “El Gato,” (the cat) as Eduardo is known, was welcomed home as a national hero after his 2008 U.S. Senior Open triumph. He also won the ’06 Jeld-Wen Tradition and the ’06 Argentina Masters. Andres has been in the national spotlight since placing third at the ’07 British Open. He also has a PGA Tour win to his credit (the 2008 Zurich Classic) and a loyal fan club.
With this performance, it might be time to start the Emiliano Grillo Fan Club.
With every swing of the club Grillo continues to impress, and the Buenos Aires native doesn’t need his recent jump from No. 4 to No. 2 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings to prove it. After a spectacular 2009 junior campaign that included wins at the AJGA’s Ping Invitational and Junior World Golf Championship, he’s now proving he can compete against the pros.
No doubt this won’t be the last time Grillo beats the pros, either.