Emiliano Grillo
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
5
4
3
6
4
3
4
5
38
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
34
72
2
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
5
34
4
4
3
5
4
3
3
5
4
35
69
3
4
5
3
3
5
6
3
5
4
38
5
4
4
4
4
3
3
4
4
35
73
4
5
4
3
3
4
4
4
3
4
34
4
5
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
35
69
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
5
4
3
6
4
3
4
5
38
2
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
5
34
3
4
5
3
3
5
6
3
5
4
38
4
5
4
3
3
4
4
4
3
4
34
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
34
72
2
4
4
3
5
4
3
3
5
4
35
69
3
5
4
4
4
4
3
3
4
4
35
73
4
4
5
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
35
69
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
12
Birdies
2
5
4
6
17
5
Pars
15
11
10
9
45
16
Bogeys
0
2
3
3
8
23
Double Bogeys/+
1
0
1
0
2
7
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
32
29
28
27
29
9
Putts per GIR
2
1.64
1.67
1.73
1.76
21
Greens in regulation
72.22 %
77.78 %
66.67 %
61.11 %
69.44 %
8
Sand Saves
0/0
3/3
1/2
2/3
6/8

Born: 14 September 1992.

Turned pro: 2011.

Country: Argentina.

Family: Wife - Macarena.

Special interests: Sports.

Career highlights: Finished second in the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on his way to a career high of 44th on the Race to Dubai.

2015 highlights: Winner of the Frys.com Open on the PGA Tour.

2015 Majors: The Masters - DNP. The US Open - DNP. The Open - DNP. The PGA Championship - T61.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

Emiliano Grillo returns to South Africa and a country that has fond memories for him as the place where he started his European Tour career.

After turning professional in 2011 he made his first European Tour start in the 2012 Africa Open and finished in the top 10.

He did enough to retain his card that season, and the Argentinian golfer is now back to make his debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and as one of world golf's rising young stars.

A playoff victory over Kevin Na in the PGA Tour's Frys.com Open this year has catapulted Grillo into the big leagues.

Grillo represented Argentina as an amateur but left his homeland at the age of 16 to further hone his golf skills in the United States.

He turned professional in 2011 and continued to make steady progress.

But this year he surprised all when, after coming through the Web.com Tour playoffs and earning his card for the PGA Tour with a victory in their Tour Championship, he won his maiden PGA Tour title two weeks later in the Frys.com Open.

And suddenly the world is his oyster.

"I can't believe it. When I got the card, after the Web.com Tour Championship, you know, I told my team, ‘Hey, look, we got a chance of getting top 50 by the end of the year. Let's try to get it done'. But now maybe we can play the tournaments that we always wanted. I'm really nervous right now.

"There are no words to explain this. This is the greatest moment of my life golf-wise."

It has certainly been an incredible 2015 for Grillo, not least of which was a congratulatory message from Jordan Spieth, a friend of Grillo's and who he played junior golf against.

Spieth's rise has also given Grillo something to aim it now that he's won on the PGA Tour in his rookie season, one of the perks of which is a place in the Masters in 2016.

"There is a long way to go. I'm not even halfway. I need five more wins, two Majors. He won the Masters and I'm going to play it for the first time. I'm working on it. I'm really working on it. I've been doing everything I can with my team. We been looking everywhere just to improve and get there.

"I mean, basically the only player that I look up to is Jordan. I played a lot with him. He's my age. He's a bit younger than me. But it makes you think, if he can do it, I can do it. That's been my thought in the last year. It makes you believe you can do it."

Before the Masters though, Grillo can look forward to a debut in "Africa's Major".