Stanford's Patrick Rodgers wins seventh title in three seasons
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Add another win to Patrick Rodgers’ resume. Add another piece of hardware to the Stanford office.
Rodgers shot an even-par 71 to claim medalist honors on the final day of the Prestige at PGA West, finishing the 54-hole event with a 9-under 204 (65-68-71).
Rodgers held off Arizona State’s Max Rottluff, who was 4-under on the day and finished at 8-under for the tournament. Joining Rodgers in the top-10 were teammates Cameron Wilson, who tied for fourth at 6-under, and Jim Liu, who was tied for seventh at 4-under.
The win was the seventh in less than three seasons for Rodgers, who is now tied with Joel Kribel for career victories by a Cardinal player. The pair trails only Tiger Woods’ 11 career wins.
Stanford won the team title at PGA West’s Greg Norman Course by surviving a Wednesday charge by Washington, which narrowed a 14-shot deficit with a final-round 14-under to finish two shots behind the Cardinal (269-280-282, 831, -21).
UCLA (-11), LSU (-6) and Texas Tech (E) rounded out the top five among the 12-team field.
The wire-to-wire victory was the second win on the season for Stanford, which also captured the Erin Hills Invitational last fall. Rodgers was the individual champion at the event.
Rodgers had a pair of bogeys and back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 to finish his final round. The birdie on the par-5 12th was his third in as many circuits.
Wilson also birdied the 12th in each of his three rounds and finished with a 2-under 69 to close the tournament.
Liu was 3-under on the front and played the back nine even for his final-round 68, one stroke behind his prior round.
David Boote, who tied for 21st, was even for the tournament and Maverick McNealy shared 24th-place honors at 1-over.
Viraat Badhwar had himself a turkey with birdies on holes eight, nine and 10. Badhwar then went for the Thanksgiving dinner with birdies on 11 and 12 to complete the five-hole masterpiece.
Patrick Grimes saved his best round for Wednesday with an even showing. Dominick Francks settled for 14-over for the tournament. Keegan English’s 74 produced his best scorecard of the three-day event.
Stanford gets back to action with a trip to Las Vegas for the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 7-9).