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Rookie Patrick Rodgers of Indiana rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Steve Marino and win the weather-delayed Colombia Championship presented by Claro. 

Rodgers, who broke Tiger Woods’ all-time scoring record during three All-American seasons at Stanford, closed regulation play with an All-World birdie at the par-5, 18th after hitting his tee shot into a hazard. 

“I must have been amped up because that shot doesn’t normally go that far,” said Rodgers. “I had a really awkward stance in there and had to get the ball up quickly and still keep it under the trees.” 

Rodgers chipped out sideways and then wedged his third shot to within three feet. He canned the birdie putt for a 6- under 65 that gave him the clubhouse lead at 17-under 269. Marino, the 54-hole leader, made a short birdie putt of his own on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. 

Following a pair of two-putt pars on the first extra hole, Rodgers stuffed a 7-iron from 198 yards inside of 10 feet to put the pressure on Marino, who wound up missing another lengthy birdie putt. 

“This is huge,” said Rodgers, who earned the win in only his seventh Tour start. “I’ve already had so many ups and downs in my pro career. To be out here and win so early is a dream come true. I’m really excited for the rest of the season.” 

Rodgers collected a check for $144,000 and moved to No. 1 on the Tour money list two weeks into the season. The four-day schedule was a challenge thanks to a series of afternoon storms that forced several suspensions of play. The field of 77 had to finish the third round early Sunday morning and had to head back out in the same threesomes for the fourth round. “I didn’t even know if we’d get in 72 holes and that’s a huge credit to the entire tournament staff,” said the 22-year old winner. “I loved this course from the start. It’s such a great test of golf.” 

PATRICK RODGERS earns his first career win at the age of 22 years in his seventh career Tour start. 

Rodgers earned $144,000 for the win and increased his season total to $150,092. He finished T21 at last week’s Panama Claro Championship and earned $6,092. 

 Rodgers spent three years at Stanford University and was a three-time All-American for the Cardinal. He equaled the all-time school record for wins (11) held by Tiger Woods. He broke Woods’ all-time scoring average. He tuned pro in June 2014. 

Rodgers became only the fourth player since 1990 (Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Ryan Moore) to receive all three of college golf’s top honors – the Jack Nicklaus Award, Ben Hogan Award and the Fred Haskins Award – in the same season (2014).  

Rodgers is the first first-time winner and the first rookie winner on the Tour in 2015.

Rodgers is the fourth player in the tournament’s six-year history to make the Colombia Championship his first Tour win. He joins Steve Pate (2010), Patrick Cantlay (2013) and Alex Cejka (2014) as first-time winners.