BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Stanford's Patrick Rodgers survived a playoff Wednesday to advance to match play, then beat Sean Dale 3 and 2 of Jacksonville, Fla., in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club.
Rodgers, the 21-year-old Avon, Ind., player who will represent the U.S. next month in the Walker Cup, will face England's Greg Eason in the second round
I would rather just have gotten through clean in stroke play, that would have been really nice," said Rodgers, who tied for 15th last month in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic. "But it's all part of this tournament. There's almost 250 players that get cut, so it's a tough cut to make and I had some adversity this week and that won't be the last time."
Rodgers overcame a lot of problems to reach match play.
"My group got a stroke penalty for slow play on the first day, I got a ball stuck in a tree and I triple-bogeyed my third-to-last-hole yesterday and made a 30-footer to get in the playoff," Rodgers said.
One of five players already named to the 10-man Walker Cup team, Rodgers was the only one who made it to match play. Max Homa, Michael Kim, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett failed to make the cut.
"It's disappointing to see that they missed but I'm sure they'll be ready," Rodgers said.