Former Stanford stars making pro debuts

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers say it is fitting that after sharing the amateur spotlight as Stanford teammates they should both be making their professional debuts this week at the Travelers Championship.

Rodgers won 11 college tournaments and this year's Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus awards as the nation's top college player. Wilson won the NCAA individual title. Both are hoping to earn their PGA Tour cards this summer playing with sponsor exemptions.

They say it is s a coincidence they both are beginning that process at the TPC River Highlands on Thursday.

They will be competing in a field that includes four of the top eight players in the world, and 16 of the top 50. Eighty-two players in the field have at least one PGA Tour victory.

But the tournament also is known as break-through event. Six of the last eight champions earned their first PGA Tour win at the Connecticut event.

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