Hole-out eagle highlights Rodgers' 65 at Greenbrier
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Patrick Rodgers moved a little closer to fulfilling his dream of earning his PGA Tour card with a strong opening round Thursday at the Greenbrier Classic.
Rodgers, who has made the cut in each of his first two Tour starts as a pro, made four birdies and an eagle en route to carding a 5-under 65, which had him a shot behind clubhouse leader and defending champ Jonas Blixt at the completion of the morning rounds at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
Rodgers' four birdie putts all came from the 7- to 11-foot range while his eagle came on a 118-yard hole-out at the par-4 first hole, his 10th hole of the day.
"It's been a really long time since I made one from the fairway, so it was great to see it drop," Rodgers said.
When he finished his first round, Rodgers was tied for second and in position to earn a British Open invitation. The top 4 players inside of the top 12 and ties who are not already in the British Open field qualify for the July 17-20 major championship at Royal Liverpool.
Through two events as a pro, Rodgers has earned 35 FedEx Cup points. He needs to finish inside of the top 125 to secure his Tour card for next season, while finishing between Nos. 126-150 will earn him conditional status and finishing between Nos. 151-200 will get him into the Web.com Tour Finals.
Currently, No. 125 is at 346 points, and Rodgers has four more starts lined up via sponsor exemption after this week.
Rodgers, the 2014 Haskins Award winner, is trying to become the third straight Haskins recipient to make the cut at the Greenbrier, joining Michael Kim (2013) and Justin Thomas (2012).