2017 Puerto Rico Open – Second-Round

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Bryson DeChambeau

2017 Puerto Rico Open

(The 20th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico                                               March 23-26, 2017                  Purse: $3,000,000

Coco Beach Golf & Country Club                                  Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,506

PARTIAL Second-Round Notes – Saturday, March 24, 2017

Weather: Scattered showers throughout the day, with a high of 82. Wind E 5-10 mph.

The second round was suspended at 11:35 a.m. due to heavy rain. Play resumed at 1:30 p.m. and remaining tee times were delayed 1 hour, 50 minutes. This is the fifth tournament to be impacted by inclement weather during the 2016-17 season.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 6:21 p.m. and 45 players will resume their second rounds at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Second-Round Leaderboard

Position

Name

To Par

Scores

T1

Bryson DeChambeau

-11 (F)

68-65 – 133

T1

D.A. Points

-11 (F)

64-69 – 133

T1

Bill Lunde

-11 (15)

65

T4

Chris Stroud

-10 (F)

69-65 – 134

T4

Tim Wilkinson

-10 (F)

71-63 – 134

T4

J.J. Henry

-10 (F)

69-65 – 134

T4

Tom Hoge

-10 (F)

69-65 – 134

T4

Rafa Campos

-10 (F)

66-68 – 134

T4

J.J. Spaun

-10 (F)

66-68 – 134

Bryson DeChambeau

  • Behind the strength of a career-best 65, Bryson DeChambeau is 11-under-par through 36 holes. His previous best score was a 66 three times, most recently in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii in January.
  • In his last start at the Valspar Championship, DeChambeau opened with rounds of 67-70 and was tied for eighth. He posted weekend scores of 72-73 to finish T27. Even so, it was his best finish of the season after four consecutive missed cuts.
  • DeChambeau’s best finish came in his professional debut – a tie for fourth at the 2016 RBC Heritage. This week he is making his 27th start on TOUR as a professional.

D.A. Points

  • With birdies on Nos. 16 and 18, D.A. Points capped off a second-round 69 and posted a 36-hole total of 11-under-par.
  • He hit all 18 greens in regulation Friday, bringing his tally to 35 of 36 this week. His three-putt bogey on No. 4 is the only blemish on his scorecard through two rounds.
  • In his first start at the Puerto Rico Open in 2009, Points finished T9. He missed the cut in 2013 and finished T65 last year.

Bill Lunde

  • When play was suspended Friday, Blil Lunde was 4-under through 15 holes and 11-under for the tournament.
  • This is his sixth start at the Puerto Rico Open, and his best previous finish was a T10 in 2010. His opening-round 65 is his best score in 19 completed rounds at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club.
  • In his only other start this season, he finished T50 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last October. In 2016, he played 15 tournaments on the Web.com Tour, making the cut six times and posting one top-10.
  • Lunde is playing this week out of the Past Champion category.

Second-Round Lead Notes

  • Since the first Puerto Rico Open in 2008, the only second-round leader to go on to win was Alex Cejka in 2015. Jason Day was T1 after 36 holes in 2009 before finishing T2.
  • The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 10 of 18 occasions this season, most recently Adam Hadwin at the Valspar Championship.
  • There have been two wire-to-wire champions thus far in the 2016-2017 season. Mackenzie Hughes won The RSM Classic and Justin Thomas won the Sony Open in this fashion.
  • Last year, Rafa Campos opened with rounds of 64-71 and was the 36-hole leader at 9-under. He carded rounds of 72-72 on the weekend and finished tied for eighth.
  • Last year’s winner Tony Finau was T15 after the second round, and he closed with rounds of 67-70 to get into a sudden-death playoff with Steve Marino at 12-under. He was just the second champion in tournament history to begin the weekend outside the top 10. Derek Lamely made the biggest ascension up the leaderboard, as he was T35 after 36 holes and went on to win by two after shooting weekend rounds of 63-66 in 2010.
  • Here are the second-round positions of the Puerto Rico Open champions:

Year

Champion

R2 position

2016

Tony Finau

T15

2015

Alex Cejka

1

2014

Chesson Hadley

2

2013

Scott Brown

2

2012

George McNeill

1

2011

Michael Bradley

T7

2010

Derek Lamely

T35

2009

Michael Bradley

T4

2008

Greg Kraft

T4

Chris Stroud

  • Chris Stroud is playing his seventh Puerto Rico Open, with his best finish being a tie for ninth in 2014. His second-round 65 matches his best score at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, as he also shot 65 in the final round in 2014.
  • Stroud is making just his fifth start of the season and first since the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. His best finish of the season is a tie for 13th at The RSM Classic.

Tim Wilkinson

  • Tim Wilkinson moved from T71 and into the top five after carding a 9-under 63. After starting on No. 10 and turning at 2-under-par, he eagled No. 2 and then made five straight birdies on Nos. 4-8. His 63 was one shot shy of matching his career-best score of 62, which he recorded in the third round of the 2008 Sony Open in Hawaii.
  • This is Wilkinson’s sixth start at the Puerto Rico Open, having finished T21 last year and T6 in 2008.
  • After missing the cut in his first two starts of the season, Wilkinson has played the weekend in each of his last six starts. He has two top-25s in this stretch, including a T21 at The RSM Classic.

J.J. Henry

  • J.J. Henry’s second-round 65 is his best score since he shot 65 at Pebble Beach in the first round of the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
  • This is Henry’s fourth made cut in five starts at the Puerto Rico Open. His best finish was T38 in 2010.
  • Henry has two top-25s in his last three starts, as he finished T22 at the Valspar Championship and T17 at the Genesis Open.

Tom Hoge

  • After starting the day with five pars on Nos. 10-14, Tom Hoge made seven birdies in his last 13 holes en route to a bogey-free 65. It is the first time he has made the cut in three starts in Puerto Rico.
  • Hoge has made the cut just once in his previous three starts this season. He finished tied for 39th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Rafa Campos

  • Puerto Rico native Rafa Campos sits at 10-under after carding a 68 Friday. He has played in all 10 editions of the Puerto Rico Open, and this is his fifth made cut. His best finish here was a tie for eighth last year.
  • Campos played the par 5s in 5-under-par Friday, making eagle on No. 2 and birdie on Nos. 5, 15 and 18. Through two rounds, he is 8-under on the par 5s.
  • Campos, who had Web.com Tour status in 2016, tore his right longitudinal pectoral muscle. As opposed to taking time to recover, he attempted to play through the pain. As a result, poor play resulted in a loss of his Web.com Tour status. In early September, he tripped and tore ligaments in three toes on his right foot. He did not pick up a club again until after the New Year. This week marks his first professional start since late August.

J.J. Spaun

  • After opening with a bogey-free 66, J.J. Spaun followed with a 68 and is 10-under. After a bogey on the easiest hole on the course, the par-5 second, he rebounded with birdies on Nos. 5 and 8 to close out his 68.
  • Earlier this season, Spaun posted back-to-back top-10s at the Farmers Insurance Open (T9) and the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T4). He is currently 65th in the FedExCup standings.

 

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