After Jon Rahm, Emiliano Grillo might be the next best Spanish-speaking player in the field. While it’s not a home game for the Argentinian, it at least helps being able to speak your native tongue.
Grillo played well at the inaugural Mexico Open at Vidanta, bouncing back from a pedestrian opening round 72 to close in 65-71-69 for T-33rd.
He ranked in the top 25 in the field in strokes gained putting and off-the-tee. Had his short game been just a bit tidier, Grillo could have really been a factor on Sunday.
Grillo comes into the week in solid form. He took T-7th a couple weeks ago at a designated event, the RBC Heritage. That was his third straight made cut and fifth in the last six.
The 30-year-old is seeking his second career PGA Tour victory. His closest recent call came last fall at the Zozo Championship where he took solo fourth.
He also took T-5th this season at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Grillo ranks 38th on the PGA Tour in SG off-the-tee per round (.321). Grillo was 18th in that stat (.48) last season.
He’s not crazy long, but he has enough distance to contend at Vidanta Vallarta. Plus, he should hit his fair share of greens sitting 53rd in GIR (67.45%).
Grillo can run a little hot out on the course. If he can stay level-headed, there aren’t many guys in the field with more talent and experience.
I see a top-10 coming his way this week in Mexico.