It came down to the wire, but Patrick Rodgers did it.
Rodgers finished T-40 at the Memorial Tournament, which earned him enough hypothetical FedEx Cup points that would have put him inside the top 150 from 2013-14 season and special temporary membership on the PGA Tour through the end of this season. The Stanford product almost didn't get it done.
At 9 under par through 36 holes, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Rodgers would secure this special status. But a Saturday 78 created some uncertainty. Then, on Sunday, Rodgers got out to a hot start, 4 under through seven holes. Then two bogeys and a double in the next four holes got him back to even. Then his tee shot at the water-guarded par-3 16th found the water, leading to a triple bogey and putting him in danger of not reaching his goal. However, two birdies to close sealed the deal.
It was a T-2 at the Wells Fargo Championship in May that put Rodgers in position to earn the special membership, but it was a win on the Web.com Tour, at the Colombia Championship in February, that made this chase possible. Now that he's secured this status, Rodgers intends to use it to its fullest with the hope of landing a PGA Tour win -- sponsors willing.
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“Even though this is temporary status, I still need to get sponsor exemptions to play out here,” Rodgers said. “So I’ve been fortunate to have plenty of opportunities so far, and I need more to reach my dream of playing out here next year.”