Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - R1

Three-way tie for lead in Dominican Republic

March 28-31
Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$3,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Australian Matt Jones set an early target with a six-under par 66 and ended Thursday in a three-way tie for the lead in the US PGA Tour’s Corales Puntancana Resort Championship.

Jones hit 13 of 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation as he fired seven birdies with one bogey in his opening effort.

He walked off the course with a three-stroke lead, but was joined on six-under at day’s end by American Joel Dahmen and Ireland’s Paul Dunne .

“I hit a lot of quality iron shots and got it close to the pin,” said Jones, who is coming off a tie for 13th at the Valspar Championship.

He said he benefitted some from an early start, with the wind picking up in the afternoon.

“Six-under was a good score — that was probably the worst score I could have shot today,” Jones said.

Dahmen teed off on 10 and was one-under through 12 holes, but he roared home with birdies at five of his last six holes.

Dunne also opened on 10 and was one-under at the turn before making five birdies coming home.

The top trio was one stroke clear of South Korean Im Sung-jae in the tournament played opposite the elite WGC-Match Play in Austin, Texas.


Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, making his third US PGA Tour start in the same event where he made his first last year, carded a seven-over 79.

Romo, who competed on a sponsor exemption, bogeyed three of his first four holes followed by a triple-bogey on the eighth. He was one-over on the back nine with a bogey at 13 and was unable to convert No. 8 to finish the front nine 6-over.

The 38-year-old was 1-over on the back nine with a bogey on No. 13.

Romo was unable to convert a birdie chance at the last.

“I think I played much better this year so far coming into the tournament than I did last year and I also think I’ve improved a lot in certain areas,” said Romo, who was in the spotlight but also in third-from-last place. “But sometimes the score doesn’t show that so there’s disappointment with that I feel like.

“I think I’m going to play a little better tomorrow. There (are) some good signs of life.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Matt Jones
AUS
-6
66
T1
Joel Dahmen
USA
-6
66
T1
Paul Dunne
IRL
-6
66
4
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
67
T5
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-4
68
T5
Sepp Straka
AUT
-4
68
T5
Brady Schnell
USA
-4
68
T5
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-4
68
T5
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-4
68
T5
Sam Burns
USA
-4
68
T11
D. J. Trahan
USA
-3
69
T11
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
69
T11
David Lingmerth
SWE
-3
69
T11
Denny McCarthy
USA
-3
69
T11
Seth Reeves
USA
-3
69
T11
Parker McLachlin
USA
-3
69
T11
Grayson Murray
USA
-3
69
T11
Jim Herman
USA
-3
69
T11
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-3
69
T11
Alex Prugh
USA
-3
69
T11
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-3
69
T11
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-3
69
T23
Charlie Beljan
USA
-2
70
T23
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
70
T23
Chris Couch
USA
-2
70
T23
Brendon Todd
USA
-2
70
T23
Brian Davis
ENG
-2
70
T23
George McNeill
USA
-2
70
T23
Chris Stroud
USA
-2
70
T23
Matthew Every
USA
-2
70
T23
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-2
70
T23
Johnson Wagner
USA
-2
70
T23
Max Homa
USA
-2
70
T23
Martin Piller
USA
-2
70
T23
Ben Crane
USA
-2
70
T23
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-2
70
T23
Nate Lashley
USA
-2
70
T23
Rafael Campos
PRI
-2
70
T23
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-2
70
T23
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-2
70
T23
Jim Knous
USA
-2
70
T23
Kyle Jones
USA
-2
70
T43
Tyler Duncan
USA
-1
71
T43
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
71
T43
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-1
71
T43
Harris English
USA
-1
71
T43
Trey Mullinax
USA
-1
71
T43
Kramer Hickok
USA
-1
71
T43
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-1
71
T43
Wes Roach
USA
-1
71
T43
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
71
T43
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-1
71
T43
J. J. Henry
USA
-1
71
T43
Brice Garnett
USA
-1
71
T43
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-1
71
T43
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-1
71
T43
John Chin
USA
-1
71
T43
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
71
T43
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
71
T43
Hank Lebioda
USA
-1
71
T43
Nick Hardy
USA
-1
71
T43
Curtis Luck
AUS
-1
71
T43
David Lipsky
USA
-1
71
T43
Joey Garber
USA
-1
71
T65
John Merrick
USA
Par
72
T65
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
Par
72
T65
Chase Wright
USA
Par
72
T65
Chip McDaniel
USA
Par
72
T65
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
72
T65
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
Par
72
T65
David Hearn
CAN
Par
72
T65
Seamus Power
IRL
Par
72
T65
Corey Conners
CAN
Par
72
T65
Tom Hoge
USA
Par
72
T65
Davis Love III
USA
Par
72
T65
Cameron Tringale
USA
Par
72
T65
Julio Santos
DOM
Par
72
T65
Julian Etulain
ARG
Par
72
T65
Ryan Vermeer
USA
Par
72
T65
Davis Love IV
USA
Par
72
T81
Daniel Chopra
SWE
1
73
T81
Chris Thompson
USA
1
73
T81
Mike Ballo Jr.
USA
1
73
T81
Adam Svensson
CAN
1
73
T81
Juan Delgado
DOM
1
73
T81
Chad Campbell
USA
1
73
T81
Tim Herron
USA
1
73
T81
Omar Uresti
USA
1
73
T81
John Senden
AUS
1
73
T81
Tommy Gainey
USA
1
73
T81
Trevor Immelman
RSA
1
73
T81
Brandon Harkins
USA
1
73
T81
Derek Fathauer
USA
1
73
T81
Graeme McDowell
NIR
1
73
T81
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
73
T81
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
73
T97
Shawn Stefani
USA
2
74
T97
Arjun Atwal
IND
2
74
T97
D. A. Points
USA
2
74
T97
Hudson Swafford
USA
2
74
T97
Alex Cejka
GER
2
74
T97
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
2
74
T97
Billy Hurley III
USA
2
74
T97
Josh Teater
USA
2
74
T97
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
2
74
T97
Hunter Mahan
USA
2
74
T97
Cameron Davis
AUS
2
74
T108
Robert Allenby
AUS
3
75
T108
Robert Streb
USA
3
75
T108
Eric Axley
USA
3
75
T108
Heath Slocum
USA
3
75
T108
Justin Bertsch
USA
3
75
T108
Andres Romero
ARG
3
75
T108
Dicky Pride
USA
3
75
T108
Theo Humphrey
USA
3
75
T116
John Rollins
USA
4
76
T116
Jason Bohn
USA
4
76
T116
Rhadames Pena
DOM
4
76
T116
Jonathan Kaye
USA
4
76
T116
Jacob Eggers
USA
4
76
T116
Anders Albertson
USA
4
76
T116
Hiram Silfa
DOM
4
76
T123
Cameron Beckman
USA
5
77
T123
David Duval
USA
5
77
T123
Ricky Barnes
USA
5
77
T126
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
6
78
T126
Fabian Gomez
ARG
6
78
T128
Tony Romo
USA
7
79
T128
Zachary Zaback
USA
7
79
130
Tom Lovelady
USA
9
81
131
George Riley
USA
13
85
RET
Troy Matteson
USA
Par
84
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