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GRILLO After turning pro at 19, Emiliano Grillo followed the typical path of other top Argentine golfers, making his way onto the European Tour in 2011 where he enjoyed a measure of success, including his first victory in his native homeland in 2014. His success generated enough attention that he secured a sponsor’s exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2015 Puerto Rico Open – where four solid rounds put him in a five-way playoff, which he lost to Alex Cejka. After returning to Europe for most of 2015, however, Grillo decided to forge a new path onto the PGA TOUR by playing the remaining Web.com schedule. The move paid off as Grillo captured the seasonending Web.com Tour Championship by shooting four rounds in the sixties and beating Chez Reavie by one stroke. As if earning his PGA TOUR card wasn’t enough excitement, Grillo did something no other golfer has ever done on the Tour by winning the season-opening Frys.com Open in California in a playoff against Kevin Na. Indeed, no one has ever won their way onto the PGA TOUR one week and then clinched the opening event on the PGA TOUR schedule two weeks later. Proof that Grillo’s rise to stardom is no fluke, he closed out the year as one of two rookies to advance to the FedExCup Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship, where he finished tied for 10th and No. 11 in the FedExCup standings.

BIRTH PL ACE: RE SISTE NCIA , ARG E NTINA

AG E

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TURNED PRO

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