Carson Young takes second consecutive first-round lead

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March 3, 2023
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PGA Tour rookie Carson Young of the United States eagled three of the four par-5 holes (Nos. 2, 5, 15) for a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead for the second time in two weeks.

He is the third player on Tour this season to record three eagles in a single round, joining Kevin Yu (Butterfield Bermuda Championship/R1) and Davis Thompson (R2/The American Express).

"I feel like I played solid today. I drove it pretty well and I made a lot of putts, especially early. I feel like that's been the thing for me for this whole season. I haven't really putted all that well, but I've hit it decent enough to score well. So it was nice to finally make some putts today, especially early to get 4 or 5 under through four or five holes was nice, especially in this wind. Couldn't ask for a better round today so I'm pleased with that.

"I had a lot of positives from [last] week, especially having the lead after the first round and a little bit through the second round. Then I saw some good strides with my putting and my ball-striking, so it was cool to get in that scenario to where I was in the lead and in contention for a little bit.

"I felt good coming into this week and just knew I had to stay patient out there, it's very windy out there, and just play good golf, and worked out great for me today."

Young has made three cuts in twelve starts and last week's T29 finish was his best so far.

Defending champion Max McGreevy, coming off seven consecutive missed cuts, and fellow American Akshay Bhatia carded bogey-free 66s to share second place at 6-under.

"Luckily, just coming back to a place that I like and played well at last year for some reason just kind of freed me up and let me click a little bit more today. My results haven't been great this year, but the game's felt good and it's been in the right direction, so it's good to see this actually happening," said McGreevy.

Bill Haas of the US birdied his final four holes for a share of fourth place at 5-under alongside compatriot Scott Piercy, Colombia's Nico Echavarria and Argentina's Augusto Núñez.

Puerto Rico native Rafael Campos (T28) posted a 70 in his 14th Puerto Rico Open start, he seeks a fourth top-10 finish in the event (2016/T8, 2017/T10, 2021/T3).

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Carson Young-963
T2Max McGreevy-666
T2Akshay Bhatia-666
T4Bill Haas-567
T4Scott Piercy-567
T4Nico Echavarria-567
T4Augusto Núñez-567
T8Ryan Blaum-468
T8Andrew Novak-468
T8Camilo Villegas-468
T8Jason Dufner-468
T8Paul Haley II-468
T8Sam Stevens-468
T8Matti Schmid-468
T8Tano Goya-468
T16Geoff Ogilvy-369
T16Cody Gribble-369
T16William McGirt-369
T16Brice Garnett-369
T16Brandon Harkins-369
T16Brent Grant-369
T16Chris Stroud-369
T16Wesley Bryan-369
T16Greg Chalmers-369
T16John VanDerLaan-369
T16Vincent Norrman-369
T16Ryan Gerard-369
T28Derek Ernst-270
T28Josh Teater-270
T28Hank Lebioda-270
T28Michael Kim-270
T28Kevin Stadler-270
T28Derek Lamely-270
T28Noah Goodwin-270
T28Dylan Wu-270
T28Anders Albertson-270
T28Jiri Zuska(a)-270
T28Martin Trainer-270
T28D.J. Trahan-270
T28Henrik Norlander-270
T28Sangmoon Bae-270
T28Ricky Barnes-270
T28Grayson Murray-270
T28S.Y. Noh-270
T28Scott Harrington-270
T28Rafael Campos-270
T47Ted Potter, Jr.-171
T47Parker McLachlin-171
T47Jim Herman-171
T47Nate Lashley-171
T47Richard S. Johnson-171
T47Carl Yuan-171
T47Brandon Matthews-171
T47Harry Higgs-171
T47Trevor Cone-171
T47Kyle Stanley-171
T47Kevin Chappell-171
T47Erik van Rooyen-171
T47Richy Werenski-171
T47Andrew Landry-171
T47Trevor Werbylo-171
T47Michael Gligic-171
T47Erik Barnes-171
T47Chris Nido-171
T47Kevin Roy-171
T47Ben Carr(a)-171
T67Ben CranePar72
T67Austin CookPar72
T67Scott BrownPar72
T67Austin EckroatPar72
T67Jonas BlixtPar72
T67Nick WatneyPar72
T67George McNeillPar72
T67Jonathan ByrdPar72
T67MJ DaffuePar72
T67Harry HallPar72
T67Frank Lickliter IIPar72
T78Ryan Armour+173
T78Brian Stuard+173
T78Zecheng Dou+173
T78Roberto Díaz+173
T78Jesse Mueller+173
T78Carlos Franco+173
T78J.J. Henry+173
T78Sung Kang+173
T78Carl Pettersson+173
T78John Rollins+173
T88Daniel Chopra+274
T88Omar Uresti+274
T88Fabián Gómez+274
T88Ryuji Imada+274
T88David Hearn+274
T88Julián Etulain+274
T88Tom Adrounie+274
T88Robi Calvesbert(a)+274
T96Jason Bohn+375
T96Brian Davis+375
T96K.J. Choi+375
T96D.A. Points+375
T96Tim Cantwell+375
T96Tommy Gainey+375
T96Sean O'Hair+375
T96Ted Purdy+375
T96Edward Figueroa+375
T105Stephen Stallings Jr.+476
T105Jeff Overton+476
T105Chad Campbell+476
T105Hiram Silfa+476
T109Cameron Percy+577
T109Robert Garrigus+577
T109Arjun Atwal+577
T109Diego Saavedra-Davila(a)+577
T109Eric Axley+577
T109Robert Gamez+577
115Bo Van Pelt+678
T116Matt Every+779
T116Guy Boros+779
T116Boo Weekley+779
T116Jonathan Kaye+779
W/DCameron Beckman-79
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Puerto Rico Open 2023

Date: March 2nd - 5th 2023

Location: Grand Reserve Golf Club Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Purse: $3,800,000

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