Patrick Rodgers is one of the first veteran players who come to mind when you think of who’s due to win their first PGA Tour event.
In his career, the former Stanford Cardinal owns three runner-up finishes and nine top-fives. He’s kept his card almost every season as a pro, but after winning numerously in college, he hasn’t been able to cross the finish line as a pro.
The time is still ripe for the 30-year-old Indianan.
He comes into the week playing well in his last couple events. Rodgers took fifth at the Valero Texas Open and T-19th at the RBC Heritage.
To begin the season, he made seven of his first eight cuts with T-3rd at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship and T-10th at the RSM Classic.
Rodgers can heat up fast, which is important at a tournament like the Mexico Open at Vidanta where scores expect to be low. He’s fifth on the PGA Tour in total birdies (240).
Rodgers is 33rd in total strokes gained per round (.83). He’s gaining strokes in every category except for approach-the-green where he’s losing a negligible -.026 shots a round.
Rodgers took 10th at the 2022 Mexico Open with rounds of 66-69-66-70 to finish four back. Per Data Golf, Rodgers tied for third in the field in strokes gained off the tee (1.31).
He’s won in a Spanish-speaking country before. Rodgers’ lone pro win came at the 2015 Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro on the Korn Ferry Tour.
"“Oh, yeah, the win in Colombia, in Bogota was really special,” Rodgers was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2022. “Something about maybe being out of the country or being in a spot that’s slightly unfamiliar just helps me focus on the task at hand. I’m all business this week, it’s all about golf and playing the best way that I can.”"