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'I expect him to play well this week': LSU freshman Cohen Trolio impresses in Tour debut
Cohen Trolio hits his second shot from the fifth fairway during the final match at the 2021 U.S. Junior at The Country Club of North in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Chris Keane/USGA)
The Mississippi State Amateur winner gets a spot in the field at the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship. This year that honor belongs to Cohen Trolio, a freshman at LSU who will make his Tour debut at Country Club of Jackson.
The West Point, Mississippi native won the am at Mossy Oak Golf Course back in June with four rounds in the 60s to finish at 19-under. The Tiger hasn’t hit his official first shot yet but is already impressing players on Tour, especially former LSU star Sam Burns.
“Cohen and I played nine holes yesterday. First time I really got to spend time with him. I was really impressed with his game, but also just his maturity level for being 19. Just really impressive,” said Burns on Wednesday. “Obviously he’s a great player, I think he does a lot of things really well, drives it well, good iron player, he putted it nice. I think for him just coming out here this week, just trying to make sure that he just plays his game, doesn’t try to do anything special, I think this is a great golf course for him, so I expect him to play well this week.”
Trolio played his way into the semifinals of the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst (North Carolina) Resort and in July, was runner-up at the U.S. Junior at the Country Club of North Carolina, also in Pinehurst.