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Emiliano Grillo is way ahead of his own schedule and we have the video to prove it

July 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- When Emiliano Grillo sat down with Golf Digest last fall, he had won the Tour Championship and knew he was headed to the PGA Tour, but the rest of the road ahead was a mystery.

In fact, when we asked Grillo where he saw himself in one, two, and three years, he specifically thought contending in a major would be further along the timeline.

"That would be the goal for year three," Grillo, 23, told us.

We mention this, of course, because of where Grillo finds himself now, two shots off the lead halfway through the PGA Championshop after rounds of 66 and 67 at Baltusrol Golf Club. In a season in which Grillo won his first event on the PGA Tour, the Open, and qualified to represent his native Argentina in next month's Olympics, it's plausible Grillo could continue the streak of first-time major winners at Baltusrol and fulfill a life-long ambition.


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"I want to be here. I wanted this my whole life," he said. "I want to win a major. I practice really hard for it and then I'm right there."

Grillo acknowledged he'll contend with nerves playing in the penultimate group Saturday alongside world No. 1 Jason Day. But even if he thought the opportunity might come later, he's prepared to capitalize on it now.

"It's hard to learn to win. Some people have it, some people don't," he said. "I think I've learned to do it."