Rodgers of Stanford among 32 to advance next round to at US Amateur

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Patrick Rodgers is the only member of the U.S. Walker Cup squad still alive this week.
Jimmy Golen
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 6:59 p.m.

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Stanford's Patrick Rodgers survived a playoff Wednesday to advance to match play, then beat Sean Dale 3 and 2 of Jacksonville, Fla., in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club. 

Rodgers, the 21-year-old Avon, Ind., player who will represent the United States next month in the Walker Cup, will face England's Greg Eason in the second round. 

I would rather just have gotten through clean in stroke play, that would have been really nice," said Rodgers, who tied for 15th last month in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic. "But it's all part of this tournament. There's almost 250 players that get cut, so it's a tough cut to make and I had some adversity this week and that won't be the last time." 

Rodgers overcame a lot of problems to reach match play. 

"My group got a stroke penalty for slow play on the first day, I got a ball stuck in a tree and I triple-bogeyed my third-to-last-hole yesterday and made a 30-footer to get in the playoff," Rodgers said. 

One of five players already named to the 10-man Walker Cup team, Rodgers was the only one who made it to match play. Max Homa, Michael Kim, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett failed to make the cut. 

"It's disappointing to see that they missed but I'm sure they'll be ready," Rodgers said. 

Eason beat 2012 runner-up Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., 3 and 2. 

Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond of England and Brady Watt of Australia advanced on the windy day. Raymond, trying to become the first English winner since Harold Hilton in 1911, edged Jason Anthony of Fairfeld, Calif., 1 up, and Brady topped Sean Walsh of Keller, Texas, 5 and 3. 

Jordan Niebrugge, the Oklahoma State player from Mequon, Wis., who swept the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Western Amateur, dropped out, falling 1 up to Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga. 

Brandon Hagy, the lone member of the talented five-man University of California team to survive the cut and a semifinalist last year, advanced with a 19-hole victory over Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia. 

Gouveia, an Amateur quarterfinalist last year, made a 30-foot putt on 18 to force the extra hole, but Nagy won with a par on the first extra hole. 

"I'm the last Bear in the field," he said. "I'm confident in match play. I'm right there and just got to keep doing what I'm doing." 


Round of 64 (numbers in front of names indicate seeding):
1 Neil Raymond, England, def. 64 Jason Anthony, Fairfeld, Calif., 1up
33 Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn., def. 32 Julian Suri, St. Augustine, Fla., 2&1
49 Blair Hamilton, Canada, def. 16 Richy Werenski, South Hadley, Mass., 4&2
17 Nathan Holman, Australia, def. 48 Andrew Price, Lake Bluff, Ill., 3&2
8 Bryson Dechambeau, Clovis, Calif., def. 57 Sean Yu, Chinese Taipei, 2&1 
40 Corey Conners, Canada, def. 25 Rodolfo Cazaubon, Mexico, 5&4
56 Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind., def. 9 Sean Dale, Jacksonville, Fla., 3&2
24 Greg Eason, England, def. 41 Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif., 3&2
4 Justin Shin, Canada, def. 61 Tyler Klava, Pace, Fla., 3&2
36 Chelso Barrett, Surry, N.H., def. 29 Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y., 3&2
13 Max Orrin, England, def. 52 Rhys Pugh, Wales, 1 up
20 Adam Ball, Richmond, Va., def. 45 Joey Petronio, Orlando, Fla., 6&4
5 Matt Fitzpatrick, England, def. 60 Gerrit Chambers, Brush Prairie, Wash., 4&3 
28 Blake Morris, Waterbury, Conn., def. 37 Cory McElyea, Santa Cruz, Calif., 4&3
53 Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y., def. 12 Bo Andrews, Raleigh, N.C., 2&1
44 Bobby Wyatt, Mobile, Ala., def. 21 Rico Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 4&3
2 Brady Watt, Australia, def. 63 Sean Walsh, Keller, Texas, 5 & 3
31 Seth Reeves, Duluth, Ga., def. 34 Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis., 1 up
15 Charlie Hughes, Canada, def. 50 Ian Davis, Edmond, Okla., 3&2
18 Sebastian Cappelen, Denmark, def. 47 Steven Zychowski, Mendham, N.J., 4&2
58 Zac Blair, Ogden, Utah, def. 7 Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill., 1 up
26 Matthias Schwab, Austria, def. 39 Adam Schenk, Vincennes, Ind., 2&1
55 Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas, def. 10 Stewart Jolly, Birmingham, Ala., 20 holes 
42 Brandon Hagy, Westlake Village, Calif., def. 23 Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal, 19 holes
3 Oliver Goss, Australia, def. 62 Toni Hakula, Finland, 1 up
30 Carr Vernon, Poplar Bluff, Mo., def. 35 Matt Emery, Franklin, Tenn., 19 holes
14 Scott Wolfes, St. Simons Island, Ga., def. 51 Mario Clemens, Mexico, 2 & 1
19 Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif., def. 46 Richard Hearden III, Green Bay, Wis., 2&1
59 Chase Koepka, Lake Worth, Fla., def. 6 Michael Miller, Brewster, N.Y., 2&1
38 Charlie Danielson, Osceola, Wis., def. 27 Eli Cole, Beverly Hills, Calif., 3&2
54 Gavin Green, Malaysia, def. 11 Wyndham Clark, Greenwood Village, Colo., 1 up
22 Brandon Matthews, Dupont, Pa., def. 43 Matt Pinizzotto, Salinas, Calif., 1 up