“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSONALS EMILIANO GRILLO AND SMYLIE KAUFMAN

It seems winners on the PGA Tour are seemingly coming from all corners, and the first two winners of the 2015-16 season are no exception. Although they may be unfamiliar faces to the golfing public, Emiliano Grillo and Smylie Kaufman are well known to those who follow the professional game closely. Consecutive victories by rookies, although not unheard of, are rare.

Grillo is an Argentinian native and former member of the European Tour, so his pedigree is stout. He lost in a playoff for the Puerto Rican Open on the PGA Tour last season, and earned enough money in just seven starts to earn status in the Web.com Tour finals. He won the season-ending Web.Com Tour Championship to cement his tour card for this season, and his victory at the Frys.com Open assures he will be a Tour member for at least three consecutive years.

img25353640Kaufman is from Birmingham, Alabama, and played collegiate golf at LSU, graduating in 2014. He turned professional shortly thereafter. A member of the Web.com Tour this past season, he fired a final-round 61 to stage a remarkable comeback at the Shrines Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas to win by one stroke.

 

 

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