Patrick Rodgers may be the frontrunner for college golf’s postseason awards, but it appears that he’ll have to outduel his Stanford teammate for the top honors.
Last week, senior Cameron Wilson shot 7-under 203 to defeat Rodgers by two shots and win the Western Intercollegiate. The Cardinal also won the team title by 16 shots over Washington.
It was the fourth consecutive tournament that a Stanford player has earned medalist honors; Rodgers had won his last three starts.
Indeed, two of the year’s best players can be found in Palo Alto.
Rodgers has won four times and finished no worse than 21st. Wilson has two wins and finished outside the top 10 only once (T-15 at U.S. Collegiate). His head-to-head rank of 676-50-13 is the best in the country.
Rodgers’ scoring average is 69.44. Wilson’s is only slighter higher, at 69.62.
Together, they comprise the most dynamic 1-2 punch in the country – literally. Rodgers and Wilson are the Nos. 1- and 2-ranked players in Golfstat’s individual rankings, respectively.
Wilson, a left-hander, has blossomed in his final season on The Farm, transitioning from a lineup fixture to an occasional contender to one of the best players in the nation.
Stanford coach Conrad Ray said that Wilson has developed a “stinger” shot with his driver to keep the ball in play more often. Wilson also has tightened up his pre-shot routine on the greens, which his coach says has allowed him to make more clutch putts – like he did at the Western Intercollegiate, holing a 30-footer on the last to win.
“He has become a real student of the game versus thinking that he has it all figured out like many of his peers,” Ray said. “He is a team guy and he has done a ton behind the scenes to pick up his teammates and support our one-for-all approach.”
Behind this talented duo, Stanford has risen to No. 3 in the country after going 1-2-1-1 in its last four starts. The Pac-12 Championship – the final event before NCAA regionals – begins April 25 in Marana, Ariz.