Former Stanford stars making pro golf debuts

CROMWELL, Conn. — Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers say it is fitting that after sharing the amateur spotlight at Stanford they should both be making their professional debuts this week at the Travelers Championship.

Rodgers won six college tournaments this year and the Jack Nicholas award as the nation’s top college player. Wilson won this year’s NCAA individual title. Both are hoping to earn their PGA Tour cards this summer playing with sponsor exemptions.

They say it is a coincidence they both are beginning that process at TPC River Highlands today.

“Cam and I have an unbelievable relationship, obviously,” Rodgers said. “To be starting my career and us both to be here together is a really awesome part of this whole experience.”

Both have links to the Connecticut Tour stop. Wilson grew up in nearby Norwalk, and was a spectator here as a young boy. Rodgers played the tournament two years ago as an amateur.

Each credited the other with helping push their games to the professional level.

“I’m sure it will good to know somebody else out here on Tour and have somebody not rooting against me every week,” Wilson said.

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