Rodgers eyeing Open spot, PGA Tour card


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

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – If Patrick Rodgers is going to go the Jordan Spieth route and earn PGA Tour status while bypassing the Finals, he’s taking a step in the right direction already this week.

Playing his third event of the season, Rodgers posted a 5-under 65 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.

“I feel like I’m continuing to get settled in here the last three weeks, and I’m continuing to learn and improve,” said Rodgers, who has made the cut in each of his first two starts. “Hopefully just build on today and continue to get better as the week goes on."

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After playing the course’s back-nine in 35, he holed out from the fairway on the first hole – his 10th of the day – and finished with a 30.

Rodgers can play his way into the Open Championship by being one of the top four competitors inside the top-12 on this week’s leaderboard. He is also eligible to use sponsor’s exemptions in four more tournaments this season.

If he can play his way into the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list, he’ll earn full status for the 2014-15 season; if he finishes in the top 200, he’ll be eligible for the Finals.