CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At this moment 12 months ago, Patrick Rodgers was preparing for the NCAA Championship and mulling his future at Stanford.
After a second-round 68 on Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship, the 22-year-old will face a dramatically different set of decisions if he continues to play the way he has for the first two days at Quail Hollow.
Rodgers is currently third on the Web.com Tour money list following an early victory in 2015 at the Colombia Championship, a position that puts him on track to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2015-16 season.
Rodgers has already collected 69 FedEx Cup points in five Tour starts and needs 254 more points to qualify for special temporary membership, which would allow him unlimited starts on the circuit.
Non-Tour members are limited to seven sponsor exemptions in a single season. This week’s event is Rodger’s sixth exemption and he is also scheduled to play next week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational on a sponsor exemption, although a top-10 finish in Charlotte would also get him into the next event as well.
With unlimited sponsor exemptions he could pursue a card for next season via the non-member FedEx Cup points list, but skipping Web.com events to do so would cause him to drop on that circuit's money list. Only the top 25 Web.com players from the season-ending money list are guaranteed PGA Tour cards for the following season.
If Rodgers earns 254 more FedEx Cup points, which would be a top-2 finish this week, he would need to decide which circuit he would focus on.
“I’d have to go through the details with my team and see what would set me up best [to earn a Tour card],” said Rodgers, who was tied for the early Day 2 lead at Quail Hollow with Martin Flores at 8 under.