Rodgers ousted from U.S. Amateur


BROOKLINE, Mass. – After an “odd” week that included a slow-play penalty, a ball stuck in a tree and a 17-for-15 playoff, this much was simple for Patrick Rodgers to digest:

He played poorly in his third-round match against Canadian Corey Conners, and it cost him. The top-ranked American remaining in the U.S. Amateur didn’t lead at any point during his 5-and-3 loss Thursday at The Country Club.

“The first 12 holes I felt like I played well and got about as little out of it as you possibly can,” Rodgers said.

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The Stanford junior had the toughest draw of any player in the Round of 16, needing to knock off a pair of All-Americans, Sean Dale (North Florida) and Greg Eason (Central Florida), just to make it to Thursday afternoon.

“If you’re going to win this tournament you’re going to have to beat a lot of great players,” he said. “Maybe it was a tougher draw than some, but I expected a challenge and didn’t rise to the occasion this afternoon.”

Rodgers has already been named to the U.S. Walker Cup team that will take on Great Britain and Ireland on Sept. 7-8 at National Golf Links of America. In 2011, he went 0-2-1 in a losing effort for the Americans.