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Oblique injury knocks Rodgers out of Web.com opener

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Patrick Rodgers enters the Web.com Tour Championship at No. 50 in the Finals standings. (Getty)

Patrick Rodgers has withdrawn from this week’s Hotel Fitness Championship, a setback that makes his path to the PGA Tour even more difficult.

The former No. 1-ranked amateur pulled out of the Web.com Tour Finals opener in Fort Wayne, Ind., because of an oblique injury, the same ailment that forced his WD from the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship earlier this month.

After turning pro in June, the former Stanford star made five of seven cuts (all on sponsor exemptions) and earned enough points to land inside the top 200 in FedEx Cup points. That qualified him for the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-tournament series featuring the top 75 on the Web.com money list and Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup. Twenty-five PGA Tour cards are at stake for the players who earn the most money during the four events.

Rodgers, 21, hopes to return at next week’s Chiquita Classic, and he’ll likely have to play well the rest of the way to earn enough money to secure his playing privileges for next season.