On his Rookie debut Emiliano Grillo wins the Fry’s.com Open in a play-off, a day after he nearly took out Rory McIlroy when driving the 17th green, at Silverado Country Club.
Emiliano beat Kevin Na at the second extra hole after the pair had tied for the Frys.com Open lead at -15 under par. Emiliano score a final round -3 under par 69 to Kevin’s -2 under 70.
Earlier this year, Emiliano had missed a short birdie putt to win the Puerto Rico Open, and ended up losing the title in a playoff. He made sure history did not repeat itself, earning $1.08 million, and he’s going to the Masters next April.;
“The difference was I hit this one good, my caddie said, `Are you OK?’ I said, `Yeah, sure. Third time a charm.’ I stayed positive and hit a great shot in there.”
“You say Masters, I can’t believe it,” Grillo said. “When I got the PGA TOUR card after the Web.com Championship.”
“I saw I was 71 or 72 in the world and said, we got a chance of getting top 50 by the end of the year, let’s try to get it done.” ( his World ranking is now 36)
“Maybe we can play the tournaments we always wanted to play.”
Kevin declined to come to the media room for interviews.
Tied in third place were Jason Bohn, -2 under 70 today, Justin Thomas -3 under 69 and Tyrone Van Aswegen of South Africa -4 under par 68 all finished one shot out of the playoff at -14 under par.
Jason had a chance to win the tournament today but chunked a wedge, when he was leading the tournament at -15 under and was only 40 yards from the hole on the par-5 16th;
“I was fairly focused on 16 where I just kind of laid the sod over it and chunked it.”
“There’s times when you think that, trust me, when you’re out there, `Oh, don’t chunk this one.’ But this wasn’t one of those times.”
“Kind of rattled me a little bit. To make a bogey from 40 yards short of the green is pretty unacceptable when you’re trying to win a golf tournament.”
Justin Rose lead the competition at the turn, but faded away with a final round of even par 72, finishing in a tie for sixth position at -12 under par.
Brendan Steele, who was trying to go wire-to-wire, until he hit a poor fairway bunker shot on the 12th, he then made five bogeys over the next six holes and closed with a 76 and T17.
Rory McIlroy finished the tournament at -9 under par, he will not regain the #1 world spot, that will go to Jason Day next week.