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.
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.