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The former Pepperdine standout navigated both stages of qualifying to earn his place at Torrey Pines. Survived local qualifying at Andalusia Country Club in La Quinta, Calif., and then made a 50-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to advance to the championship proper out of a 4-for-2 playoff for the last spots in the Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., final qualifier. Cootes is from Rolling Hills, Calif., so the 36-hole qualifier was in his backyard. Competed on the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada) in 2019. His paternal grandfather, also named Roy, played baseball at Pepperdine before playing in the minor leagues in Texas and California.

Road To Torrey Pines