Chalk up another award for the Class of 2011.
Emiliano Grillo joined Jordan Spieth (2013) and Daniel Berger (2015) as the third member of the 2011 high school class to win PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. The award is voted on by Tour players, and Grillo topped two other first-time winners in Smylie Kaufman and Si Woo Kim.
Grillo won the 2015 Frys.com Open, and even though he didn’t get back in the winner’s circle for the rest of the year, he had a consistent year. His numbers: one victory, one runner-up, three top-10s and 10 top-25s. His major results were T17, 54th, T12 and T13, and he finished tied for eighth in the Olympics. He only missed three cuts.
Grillo, 24, is back at Silverado this week, site of his Frys.com win, for the season-opening Safeway Open.
“For him to win his first start as a member and to go on to qualify for the Tour Championship is truly an amazing rookie season,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “With young stars like Emiliano and others playing and winning earlier than ever before, the PGA Tour is in tremendous hands for years to come.”