BROOKLINE, Mass. -- 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."
Ogden's Zac Blair knows how he feels. He ednured the playoff as well, then defeated Nick Hardy, 1 up. Blair, the ex-BYU star, could play two matches today.
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.