Emiliano Grillo is making a serious case for a top ranking in the junior golf standings. Only he’s not stating his case against fellow juniors. He’s doing it against the pros.
After firing a blemish-free 5-under 67 Friday, Grillo, currently ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, is alone atop the leaderboard at the Tour of Americas’ Open de Argentina with a two-day score of 7-under 137. That’s right. The junior amateur is alone in the lead, ahead of 126 pros including current Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
Not bad for a 17-year-old.
This is the second week in a row Grillo has competed in a Tour of Americas event in his native Argentina. Last week, the Buenos Aires native finished 11th in the Argentina Masters with a score of 3-over 287. This week he’s outdone even himself.
He didn’t make a bogey during his second-round 67 and has made 10 birdies in two days. In his last six rounds he’s shot over par once (a second-round 74 in the Argentina Masters), has played the par-5s in 11 under without a single bogey and hasn’t suffered any major meltdowns (he’s made two double bogeys).
It can be argued that the Tour of Americas doesn’t feature an elite enough field to read too much into these performances. But looking at the players he’s competed against, there are plenty of elite golfers who Grillo has faced and beaten.
Last week Grillo finished ahead of PGA Tour-winner Andres Romero and two-time senior major champion Eduardo Romero. This week it’s Cabrera trailing him.
Did I mention he’s only 17?
With these back-to-back performances in professional tournaments, Grillo is making a case for his talent. Afterall, he’s on top of the leaderboard at a professional golf tournament, and no other junior can say that.