Tour Rookie Emiliano Grillo's Keys to Victory at the Frys.com Open
The new season kicked off much like the last one ended -- with a youngster hoisting the trophy.
The rookie led the field in both strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained putting. He played his final 32 holes at 10-under par thanks in part to 15 one-putts (out of 30 for the week) and two chip-ins over that stretch.
Grillo is the fifth player since 1988 to earn a win in his first start as a full member of the PGA Tour. The Argentine had played in seven previous Tour events, but he didn’t earn his card until two weeks ago when he won the Web.com Tour Championship. He joins Russell Henley (2013 Sony Open), Garrett Willis (2001 Touchstone), Robert Gamez (1990 Northern Telecom Tucson Open) and Jim Benepe (1988 Western Open).
At just 23-years old, Grillo continues the PGA Tour’s recent youth movement that saw 24 players in the their 20s win in 2014-2015, the most in a single season since 1970. He is also the fourth player to win the Frys.com in his first start (Troy Matteson, 2009; Jonas Blixt, 2012; and Sangmoon Bae, 2014.)
Grillo is now the 11th player to secure his Tour card in the Web.com playoffs then follow that up with a PGA Tour win in the same season, including last season’s Web.com graduates Fabian Gomez (2015 FedEx St. Jude); Nick Taylor (2015 Sanderson Farms); J.J. Henry (2015 Barracuda Championship); David Lingmerth (2015 Memorial) and Alex Cejka (2015 Puerto Rico Open.)
Grillo is just the sixth Argentine to win on the PGA Tour, joining Roberto De Vicenzo (5), Jose Coceres (2), Angel Cabrera (3), Andres Romero (1) and Fabian Gomez (1).