Emiliano Grillo
Emiliano Grillo
29-Year-Old Golfer
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2021–22 Fantasy Outlook
Grillo won as a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2016 and has battled to get back to those heights ever since. He suffered through a bit of a sophomore slump in 2017, but rebounded well in 2018. The two years that followed were up and down, but he managed to find some consistency in 2020-21. It wasn't his best season, but it was the best numbers he'd posted in three years. It's hard to tell if there's more to Grillo than what we saw as a rookie because he hasn't come anywhere near those numbers, but he hasn't fallen off the map either. Considering his upside appears to be in the mid-$3 million range, and he's only been there once in six seasons, it's probably wise to look elsewhere in salary cap leagues. Read Past Outlooks
Ends missed cut streak at The Open
July 18, 2021
Grillo recorded a two-under 68 in the final round of The Open Championship to finish tied for 12th place.
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Grillo was never in contention Sunday but was able to post a top-12 finish after carding his second under-par round of the tournament. His best round came Friday in which he posted a whopping nine birdies. Grillo is still in search of his first major championship top-10 but has recorded three top-15s in 19 starts.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Emiliano Grillo
FanDuel PGA: Fortinet Championship
5 days ago
Emiliano Grillo has a few things working in his favor this week, and Ryan Andrade suggests looking his direction in the first FanDuel contests of the 2021-22 campaign.
Yahoo DFS Golf: Fortinet Championship
5 days ago
Stephan Jaeger made a lot of noise on the Korn Ferry Tour last season, and Bryce Danielson believes the graduate will do the same in this week's contests on Yahoo.
Betting on Golf: Fortinet Championship
6 days ago
Ryan Pohle runs down his favorite wagers for this week's season opener and explains why he is expecting a high finish from Hudson Swafford.
DraftKings PGA: Fortinet Championship
6 days ago
You don't need to be proficient with the putter to succeed at Silverado, and that helps Hideki Matsuyama land a spot among Len Hochberg's picks to click in the first DraftKings contests of the season.
2021-22 Golf Draft Kit: Projected Earnings
12 days ago
The RotoWire golf crew projected 2021-22 earnings for more than 200 golfers who have PGA Tour cards for this season. Will Justin Thomas top the Official Money list this season?
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Grillo has now made the playoffs in all five seasons since he has been out on Tour. The 2019-20 season marked his lowest finish in the FedEx Cup standings, however, at 93. Grillo had a couple close calls with a pair of T3s, but ultimately 10 missed cuts was just too much to overcome. Grillo is still an excellent ball striker, ranking top 10 in both GIR percentage and proximity to the hole last season, which is a big reason why I see him having a bounce back year in 2020-21. He quite honestly would have to try hard to have as bad of a putting season as he had this past year.
Grillo set the bar pretty high as a rookie in 2013 as he picked-up an win and a runner-up finish on his way to over $3.3 million in earnings. He predictably fell-off a bit the following season, but bounced-back quite nicely in his third season. This past season, his fourth, Grillo's game again fell-off. It wasn't a dramatic drop in production, but it didn't exactly clear-up his situation. Grillo appears to have the potential to be a 2nd-tier guy, but his consistency is lacking. He's worth a look in salary cap formats, but he's no better than a coin flip.
Grillo has spent three seasons on the PGA Tour and he's fared well in all three. He's also only 26, which means he should be entering his peak pretty soon. If that's the case, Grillo should be in for some really big seasons soon. Grillo's best season was his first, when he picked-up his first win and more than $3 million in earnings. Although he peaked in his rookie season three years ago, he hasn't exactly embarrassed himself the last two seasons. In his rookie season, Grillo struck the ball very well, but couldn't putt. He somehow figured out how to putt last season and he still struck the ball as well. His stats would indicate that he had a great season last year, but the earnings number would beg to differ. That said, if he continues to putt well, he'll get the results. Grillo comes at a steep price this season, but he just might be worth it.
Grillo was fantastic in his rookie season of 2015-16 , capturing his first win and amassing more than $3 million in earnings. While his performance last season was good, it was nowhere near the standard he set in his rookie season and therefore, it felt like he underachieved. It's always difficult to judge a guy with just two seasons under his belt, and two very different seasons to boot. The good thing here is that Grillo's price for the upcoming season is relatively cheap when you consider he topped the $3 million mark just two years ago and as such, he's a good salary cap option this season.
Grillo wasted no time in acclimating to the PGA Tour last season. In his first full season on the PGA Tour, Grillo picked-up one win, one runner-up showing and perhaps most impressive for a rookie, he made the cut in 22 of his 25 starts. The future is certainly bright for Grillo, but this is another case where the bar is simply set too high for the upcoming season. Whether it will be a standard regression or a sophomore slump, something will keep Grillo from improving significantly on his number from last season. In draft leagues, he's a risky third-round pick because of the unknown, but a safe fourth-round pick.
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Continues to play well
May 30, 2021
Grillo recorded a two-under 68 on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish six-under and tied for eighth place.
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Second in SG: APP at Quail Hollow
May 10, 2021
Grillo fired a one-under 70 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship to finish two-under and tied for 14th.
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Runner-up in Hilton Head
April 18, 2021
Grillo closed with a final round three-under 68 at the RBC Heritage, finishing four shots behind champion Stewart Cink.
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T6 in Punta Cana
March 29, 2021
Grillo carded a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship to finish nine-under and tied for sixth.
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Loses 54-hole lead on Sunday
December 6, 2020
Grillo fell into a tie for eighth place after shooting a one-over 72 in the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
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