If 2014 Hogan Award winner Patrick Rodgers makes the cut this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, there’s a good chance he’ll earn special temporary member status on the PGA Tour.
Rodgers, a former Stanford star who turned pro last summer, needs 10 FedEx Cup points to surpass last year’s top 150 threshold, according to tour officials. Doing that would allow him an unlimited amount of sponsor exemptions the rest of the season, instead of a limit of seven as a current non-member. Point results can vary from tournament to tournament, but according to the tour distribution guideline, a 61st place finish or better would get Rodgers the points he needs.
Colonial, which he earned a spot in with the Hogan Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, will be his seventh PGA Tour event this year. He helped himself last week, though, when he tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
Not only did his best career finish earn him an extra exemption for next week’s AT&T Byron Nelson, it nearly gave him temporary member status altogether, which a solo second-place would have done.
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“My focus just isn’t on those handful of points,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “As far as professional and what’s been going well, it’s just getting acclimated to the transition. Turning pro last June, it’s been quite the transition, and just having to figure out the ropes out here.”
He shot 14-under over four rounds in Charlotte.
“I feel very, very comfortable out here,” he said, “and I feel like I have the game to compete and to win, and last week was validation of that.”
Rodgers tees off Thursday at 8:39 a.m. with Max Homa and Jim Herman.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760