As Patrick Cantlay lifted the FedExCup trophy Sunday night at East Lake, one other former school participant of the yr by the identical first identify had additionally capped a major efficiency.
No, Patrick Rodgers didn’t acquire $15 million, however his closing 5-under 67 and T-15 end Sunday on the Korn Ferry Tour Championship was profitable in a special type of method. After lacking the PGA Tour’s playoffs, Rodgers completed the three-event Finals ranked 20th in factors to retain his Tour card.
“I’m so grateful,” tweeted Rodgers, who’s from Avon, Indiana, lower than three hours from Victoria Nationwide, which hosted this week’s KFT finale.
Like Cantlay, the previous UCLA standout who gained the 2011 Haskins Award, Rodgers was all-everything in three years at Stanford. He captured the 2014 Haskins Award whereas tying Tiger Woods on the Cardinal’s profession wins checklist with 11. However since turning professional, Rodgers hasn’t loved the success as his former school friends Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Daniel Berger.
The 29-year-old Rodgers joined the Tour earlier than the 2015-16 season and has but to lose his card, although he additionally hasn’t gained. He’s completed second 3 times and third twice extra. This season he was No. 128 in FedExCup factors, lacking the playoffs by simply three spots.
However he’ll get one other full season to try to file that breakthrough win. So, too, will fellow Stanford alum Joseph Bramlett, the 33-year-old who overcame a critical, doubtlessly career-ending again harm six years in the past. Bramlett returned to the Tour in 2019 for the primary time since 2011, and this season was No. 146 in FedExCup factors.
Bramlett additionally closed in 65 Sunday, as he completed at 20 below, 4 photographs away from the sphere for his first skilled victory. The win additionally moved him to the highest of the Finals factors checklist, which can earn him a Gamers Championship begin subsequent season along with full standing.
“It’s an enormous deal, man,” Bramlett mentioned. “Each week you’re taking part in for life-changing alternatives. Yeah, it took me a very long time to get my card again in 2019, and it was one of many largest days of my life. So, I’m simply so excited and congratulatory to all people who acquired their first card in the present day. It’s a extremely, actually huge deal.”
Different notables who locked up their Tour playing cards through the Finals prime 25 included: Trey Mullinax, a member of Alabama’s back-to-back NCAA-title groups, in 2013 and 2014; South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, the highest-ranked participant within the Finals at No. 50 within the OWGR; Sahith Theegala, the 2020 Haskins Award winner and Pepperdine product; Matthias Schwab, an Olympian this yr and former Vanderbilt standout; European Tour regulars Aaron Rai, Lucas Hebert and Kurt Kitayama; and Justin Decrease, the 32-year-old Malone College grad with simply 4 profession PGA Tour begins who earned the 25th and remaining card through the Finals.