Puerto Rico Open - R1

Andres Romero takes first round lead in Puerto Rico

February 21-24
Coco Beach Golf & CC,  Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
$3,000,000

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Andres Romero, seeking his first US PGA Tour win in more than a decade, fired six birdies in a six-under par 66 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open.


Romero was one shot clear of Austrian rookie Sepp Straka, who had six birdies and one bogey in his 67.

While Romero hasn’t won on the US tour since the 2008 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, he captured the European Tour’s BMW International Open in 2017.

Although he hadn’t cracked the top 20 in two prior events this season, Romero said he had been playing well, and was delighted to see that reflected in his score

“I’m really happy with the round. It’s my putting that has been letting me down lately and today it was very good,” he said.

“So it gives me a lot of confidence for my whole game.”


Straka, a graduate of the Web.com developmental tour, is seeking his first PGA Tour title.

He was one stroke in front of a group of nine players on 68, a group that included Canadian David Hearn.

A group of eight players on 69 included amateur Bryson Nimmer, a Clemson University senior who is making his first PGA Tour start.

D.A. Points, who won the most recent edition of the Puerto Rico Open in 2017 — with 2018’s edition cancelled as the island recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria — opened with a one-under par 71 in the tournament played opposite the elite WGC-Mexico Championship.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Andres Romero
ARG
-6
66
2
Sepp Straka
AUT
-5
67
T3
Ben Crane
USA
-4
68
T3
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-4
68
T3
David Hearn
CAN
-4
68
T3
Roberto Castro
USA
-4
68
T3
Martin Piller
USA
-4
68
T3
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-4
68
T3
Joey Garber
USA
-4
68
T3
Nate Lashley
USA
-4
68
T3
Alex Kang
USA
-4
68
T12
Martin Flores
USA
-3
69
T12
Bryson Nimmer
USA
-3
69
T12
Kramer Hickok
USA
-3
69
T12
David Lingmerth
SWE
-3
69
T12
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
69
T12
D. J. Trahan
USA
-3
69
T12
Brian Davis
ENG
-3
69
T12
Johnson Wagner
USA
-3
69
T20
Chris Couch
USA
-2
70
T20
Tom Hoge
USA
-2
70
T20
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-2
70
T20
Shawn Stefani
USA
-2
70
T20
Daniel Berger
USA
-2
70
T20
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-2
70
T20
Brendon Todd
USA
-2
70
T20
Curtis Luck
AUS
-2
70
T20
Wyndham Clark
USA
-2
70
T20
Chad Campbell
USA
-2
70
T20
Roger Sloan
CAN
-2
70
T20
Ryan Blaum
USA
-2
70
T20
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-2
70
T20
Austen Truslow
USA
-2
70
T20
Tom Lovelady
USA
-2
70
T20
Martin Trainer
USA
-2
70
T36
Zac Blair
USA
-1
71
T36
Frank Lickliter
USA
-1
71
T36
Omar Uresti
USA
-1
71
T36
Scott Brown
USA
-1
71
T36
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-1
71
T36
Tim Herron
USA
-1
71
T36
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-1
71
T36
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-1
71
T36
Hiram Silfa
DOM
-1
71
T36
Jim Knous
USA
-1
71
T36
Chad Collins
USA
-1
71
T36
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-1
71
T36
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-1
71
T36
Cameron Tringale
USA
-1
71
T36
Tyler Duncan
USA
-1
71
T36
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-1
71
T36
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-1
71
T36
D. A. Points
USA
-1
71
T36
Peter Uihlein
USA
-1
71
T36
Ken Duke
USA
-1
71
T36
Kyle Jones
USA
-1
71
T36
Edward Figueroa
USA
-1
71
T58
Arjun Atwal
IND
Par
72
T58
Robert Allenby
AUS
Par
72
T58
Derek Fathauer
USA
Par
72
T58
Alex Prugh
USA
Par
72
T58
Parker McLachlin
USA
Par
72
T58
Julian Etulain
ARG
Par
72
T58
Chris Smith
USA
Par
72
T58
Taylor Pendrith
CAN
Par
72
T58
Rod Pampling
AUS
Par
72
T58
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
72
T58
Fabian Gomez
ARG
Par
72
T58
Derek Ernst
USA
Par
72
T58
Matt Jones
AUS
Par
72
T58
Ricky Barnes
USA
Par
72
T58
Matthew Every
USA
Par
72
T58
Hank Lebioda
USA
Par
72
T58
Kristoffer Ventura
NOR
Par
72
T58
Boo Weekley
USA
Par
72
T58
Spike McRoy
USA
Par
72
T77
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
1
73
T77
Angel Cabrera
ARG
1
73
T77
Retief Goosen
RSA
1
73
T77
Troy Matteson
USA
1
73
T77
Robert Garrigus
USA
1
73
T77
Jonathan Kaye
USA
1
73
T77
Rafael Campos
PRI
1
73
T77
Hunter Hamrick
USA
1
73
T77
John Merrick
USA
1
73
T77
Josh Teater
USA
1
73
T77
Todd Hamilton
USA
1
73
T77
Cameron Davis
AUS
1
73
T89
Chris Kirk
USA
2
74
T89
John Senden
AUS
2
74
T89
Charlie Wi
KOR
2
74
T89
Charlie Beljan
USA
2
74
T89
Ben Griffin
CAN
2
74
T89
John Chin
USA
2
74
T89
Sebastian Munoz
COL
2
74
T89
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
74
T89
Wes Roach
USA
2
74
T89
Billy Hurley III
USA
2
74
T89
J. J. Henry
USA
2
74
T89
Nick Heinen
USA
2
74
T89
Brady Schnell
USA
2
74
T89
Chris Thompson
USA
2
74
T89
William Cannon
USA
2
74
T104
Cameron Beckman
USA
3
75
T104
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
3
75
T104
Dicky Pride
USA
3
75
T104
Daniel Chopra
SWE
3
75
T104
Adam Schenk
USA
3
75
T104
Tommy Gainey
USA
3
75
T104
Jason Bohn
USA
3
75
T104
George McNeill
USA
3
75
T104
Robert Streb
USA
3
75
T104
Eric Axley
USA
3
75
T104
Jeronimo Esteve
PUR
3
75
T104
Kyle Sanders
USA
3
75
T104
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
75
T117
Will MacKenzie
USA
4
76
T117
Marc Turnesa
USA
4
76
T117
Yuwa Kosaihira
JAP
4
76
T120
Heath Slocum
USA
5
77
T120
Robert Gamez
USA
5
77
T120
Alexander Hicks
USA
5
77
T120
John Rollins
USA
5
77
T120
Ted Purdy
USA
5
77
T120
Jay McLuen
USA
5
77
T126
Adam Svensson
CAN
6
78
T126
Max Alverio
PRI
6
78
T126
Derek Lamely
USA
6
78
T129
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
7
79
T129
David Duval
USA
7
79
131
Neal Lancaster
USA
11
83
RET
Jason Gore
USA
Par
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