They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’sGary Williams.
No. 29: Patrick Rodgers
Born: June 30, 1992, Avon, Ind. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 0 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,038,291 (97th) | World Ranking: 121
Gary Williams' Take: A member of the high school graduating class of 2011 that included Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Emiliano Grillo, Rodgers was the most prolific winner of the group in college while attending Stanford. He accelerated his way onto the PGA Tour with a second-place finish in Charlotte, amassing enough FedExCup points for special temporary membership on Tour by early June. Rodgers started 2016 just inside the top 100 in the world rankings, but I expect him to be inside the top 25 by the end of 2016. He already recorded two top 10s in the wraparound portion of 2015-16 and yet he says he feels behind his peer group, led by Spieth. Rodgers is a highly intelligent young man with immense power and a track record of winning big at every level in the game. I expect him to win early in the season and help build the résumé of the “class of 11” into a historic collection of Tour players.
Major Championship Résumé
No major championship starts in his career
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