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Patrick Rodgers to turn pro

Updated: March 3, 2014, 2:50 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, said Monday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career after this season.

The two-time All-American said he decided to make the announcement now because he didn't want the growing speculation about his future to become a distraction for the team. The eighth-ranked Cardinal are hoping to make a deep run at the NCAA championships in May before Rodgers leaves.

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