Carson Young ties tournament record

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March 4, 2023
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PGA Tour rookie Carson Young tied the 36-hole tournament record of 14-under 130 after closing with a 67 on Friday in a bid for a first victory in his 14th start.

"I'm pleased with how I finished out. I didn't quite have it like I did yesterday obviously, but it was still good. My tee shots weren't quite the way I wanted them today, I got into trouble a good bit, but my short game really saved me today. I holed a bunker shot and had a bunch of really good par saves today that really got me going. Just hope the putter stays hot and get that driver sorted out the next couple days and I should be in good shape."

Fellow American Paul Haley II closed with a 66 to move into a share of second place at 10-under alongside Colombia's Nico Echavarria (67).

"Finally been putting better. I worked on it really hard the last three days a couple hours a day. I've been hitting the ball pretty good all year and since I guess the Sony Open I just kind of had, I've been three-putting a bunch, missing a lot of short putts, but that's kind of the only thing that hasn't been clicking for me. Generally that's like the best part of my game, so that's really been the only difference. Drove it good, obviously doing everything pretty good and just seeing some putts go in has been the difference," said Haley.

"It's been frustrating just because it's like one day I'll putt good and the next day I won't make anything. This is the first time in a while where I've had two really
good days in a row of good putting. I've been working really hard on my speed and trying to get out of, I guess, the result of the putt and if I'm around the hole, I'm counting that it's a win so far. And luckily I've made a bunch of putts so far, so it's been good."

In solo fourth place at 9-under, American Harry Higgs scored a 64 tying Harry Hall for low round of the day.

For the second week in a row, Ryan Gerard heads into the third round inside the top-5 after recording a 67. With a win this week, he would qualify for next week's Players Championship and be exempt on the PGA Tour through the 2024-25 season. With any finish between 2nd and 3-way T9, he would becomes eligible for Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the season, allowing him to accept unlimited sponsor exemptions. A top-10, would qualify him for the Valspar Championship.

"I feel like the last week and a half has been just a rollercoaster. I mean, just not really knowing what I'm getting into, playing well, quick turnaround, flying, it's
been really cool. So I think I'm just - I know I'm just lucky to be here and I know I'm playing well. I think I just take those two things in stride and just go have fun with it this weekend. I mean, if I keep playing well, I'll be just fine," he said.

Tied alongside Gerard in fifth place at 8-under are fellow Americans Bill Haas (69), Nate Lashley (65), Hank Lebioda (66) and Michael Kim (66) as well as England's Harry Hall (64).

At 4-under 140, Rafael Campos (T34) is the lone Puerto Rico native (of five in the field) to make the cut.

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T2Paul Haley II-106866134
T2Nico Echavarria-106767134
4Harry Higgs-97164135
T5Ryan Gerard-86967136
T5Harry Hall-87264136
T5Bill Haas-86769136
T5Nate Lashley-87165136
T5Hank Lebioda-87066136
T5Michael Kim-87066136
T11Tano Goya-76869137
T11Geoff Ogilvy-76968137
T11Max McGreevy-76671137
T11Akshay Bhatia-76671137
T11Augusto Núñez-76770137
T11Noah Goodwin-77067137
T17Chris Stroud-66969138
T17Wesley Bryan-66969138
T17Scott Harrington-67068138
T17Sam Stevens-66870138
T17Vincent Norrman-66969138
T17Matti Schmid-66870138
T17Derek Ernst-67068138
T17Derek Lamely-67068138
T25Camilo Villegas-56871139
T25Ricky Barnes-57069139
T25Erik van Rooyen-57168139
T25Jason Dufner-56871139
T25S.Y. Noh-57069139
T25Cody Gribble-56970139
T25Brice Garnett-56970139
T25Dylan Wu-57069139
T25Anders Albertson-57069139
T34D.J. Trahan-47070140
T34George McNeill-47268140
T34Andrew Landry-47169140
T34Rafael Campos-47070140
T34John VanDerLaan-46971140
T34Scott Piercy-46773140
T34Andrew Novak-46872140
T34Brandon Harkins-46971140
T34Jiri Zuska(a)-47070140
T43Henrik Norlander-37071141
T43Jonas Blixt-37269141
T43Grayson Murray-37071141
T43Richy Werenski-37170141
T43Trevor Werbylo-37170141
T43Kevin Roy-37170141
T43Josh Teater-37071141
T43Ryan Blaum-36873141
T43William McGirt-36972141
T43Jim Herman-37170141
T43Kevin Stadler-37071141
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T61Greg Chalmers-16974143
T61Sung Kang-17370143
T61Sean O'Hair-17568143
T61Jonathan Byrd-17271143
70Brandon Matthews-17172143
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CUTMichael GligicPar7173144
CUTJulián EtulainPar7470144
CUTChris NidoPar7173144
CUTFabián GómezPar7470144
CUTBrian StuardPar7371144
CUTRoberto DíazPar7371144
CUTCarl YuanPar7173144
CUTStephen Stallings Jr.Par7668144
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CUTSangmoon Bae+17075145
CUTCarl Pettersson+17372145
CUTJohn Rollins+17372145
CUTBen Carr(a)+17174145
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CUTErik Barnes+27175146
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CUTAustin Cook+27274146
CUTJesse Mueller+27373146
CUTJason Bohn+37572147
CUTK.J. Choi+37572147
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CUTTommy Gainey+47573148
CUTBo Van Pelt+47870148
CUTTed Purdy+47573148
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CUTMatt Every+47969148
CUTArjun Atwal+47771148
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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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