The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style match between the top U.S. and European collegiate players. The Walker Cup is similar except the opposing players were selected from Great Britain and Ireland, not all of Europe, and it’s comprised of the top amateurs in the world.
The Palmer Cup is June 7-9 at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware and the Walker Cup is scheduled for Sept. 6-8 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.
Along with former Stanford players Phillip Rowe and Andrew Yun, Rodgers is just the third Cardinal that’s been selected for at least two Palmer Cup teams. Rodgers was the ninth Stanford player selected to play in a Walker Cup match.
What has made Rodgers so successful, Ray said, has been his ability to focus in on even the smallest of details and self correct his errors.
“His physical stuff has improved, but I think he continues to beat everyone with his mental approach and his way that he digests what he does well and what he doesn’t do well,” Ray said. “He definitely takes this idea of making his weaknesses as strengths to a new level as far as college golfers go.
“He’s definitely in the short couple of years here at Stanford established himself as one of the best players we’ve had over time and we look forward to that continuing.”
And that’s no small statement as the list of Stanford alum includes golfing greats Tiger Woods, Notah Begay, Tom Watson, and a slew of others that are or were on the PGA Tour.
“That’s pretty tall cotton,” Ray said. “That’s a good crop of players that are well respected in the game. Patrick does everything in his everyday life with what we’ve seen our highest performers do. Credit to him.”