2017 Puerto Rico Open – Final-round

306
D.A. Points

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

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

Final-Round Notes – Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weather: Mostly sunny early then increasing clouds. High of 86 and wind SE 5-10 mph.

Due to anticipated weather issues, final-round tee times ran from 7:309:30 a.m. in threesomes off tee Nos. 1 and 10.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Position

Name

To Par

Score

1

D.A. Points

-20

64-69-69-66 – 268

T2

Retief Goosen

-18

68-67-71-64 – 270

T2

Bryson DeChambeau

-18

68-65-70-67 – 270

T2

Bill Lunde

-18

65-68-69-68 – 270

D.A. Points

  • Trailing by one at the start of the final round, D.A. Points birdied his first five holes and built a two-stroke lead over 54-hole leader Chris Stroud. Points followed with bogeys on Nos. 6, 8 and 10, but birdied four of his last six holes (Nos. 13, 14, 16 and 18) en route to a final-round 66, a 20-under-par total and a two-stroke victory.
  • Points claims his third career PGA TOUR title in his 285th TOUR start at the age of 40 years, 3 months, 25 days. His other two wins were at the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and 2013 Shell Houston Open.
  • With the win, Points jumps from No. 178 in the FedExCup standings to a projected 55th with 326 points. It took 454 points to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs in 2015-16.
  • If not otherwise exempt, Points’ win earns him a spot into the following PGA TOUR events in 2017: THE PLAYERS Championship, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, the Memorial Tournament, and PGA Championship. He also earns a spot in the field of the 2018 Tournament of Champions.
  • Points led the field in Greens in Regulation this week, hitting 64 of 72 (88.89%). On the season, he ranks 15th on TOUR in GIR percentage (72.73%).
  • He was also tied for first in fairways hit this week, hitting 47 of 56 (83.93%). On the season, he ranks 37th on TOUR in driving accuracy (66.12%).
  • He was tied for second with 24 par-breakers this week (1 eagle, 23 birdies).
  • 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.
  • Points made a return to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 35th-place finish on the 2016 web.com Tour priority list.
  • Before this victory, his previous best finish in six other starts this season was T39 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

2016-17 PGA TOUR Season starts-made cuts-top 10s-wins: 1-4-1-1

R1 at a glance: 11 of 14 fairways, 17 of 18 greens, 27 putts

R2 at a glance: 12 of 14 fairways, 18 of 18 greens, 33 putts

R3 at a glance: 12 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens, 29 putts

R4 at a glance: 12 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 27 putts

Full Name: Darren Andrew Points

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195

Birthday: December 1, 1976

Birthplace: Pekin, Illinois

Residence: Windermere, Florida

Family: Wife, Lori; Laila Jane

Turned professional: 1999

Web.com Tour Graduate: 2004, 2008, 2016

Joined PGA TOUR: 2005

Retief Goosen

  • Playing seven groups ahead of the final threesome, Retief Goosen shot 8-under 64 and took the clubhouse lead at 18-under. When he finished his round at 1:04 p.m., Stroud was 18-under and Points was 17-under with five holes to play, and DeChambeau was 16-under with four holes to play.
  • Goosen’s final round included birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 7-10, 14 and 18, and it was his third bogey-free round of the tournament. This week, he only carded two bogeys, fewest of any player in the field.
  • Before this week, Goosen had missed nine consecutive cuts. The last time he made a cut was when he finished T47 at the 2016 Travelers Championship.
  • This is his first top-10 finish since finishing sixth at the 2015 Barracuda Championship. The final-round 64 is his best score since he shot 63 in the first round of the 2015 Quicken Loans National.

Bryson DeChambeau

  • With birdies on three of his last five holes, Bryson DeChambeau carded a final-round 67 and joined Retief Goosen in the clubhouse at 18-under. He was briefly part of a three-way tie for the lead, but D.A. Points took a one-stroke lead shortly after DeChambeau birdied the 18th hole.
  • The tie for second is his best finish in 27 starts on TOUR. Previously, his best finish came in his professional debut – a tie for fourth at the 2016 RBC Heritage.
  • With the T2 finish, DeChambeau earns a spot in this week’s Shell Houston Open.

Bill Lunde

  • Playing out of the Past Champion category, Bill Lunde carded six birdies in his final-round 68. He birdied No. 17 and pulled to within one shot of D.A. Points, but a par on the 18th hole left him two shots shy of the title and in a tie for second at 18-under.
  • This is his second top-10 in six starts at the Puerto Rico Open. His previous best finish was T10 in 2010.
  • This is just his third top-10 finish since he won the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship. He has bounced between the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR since 2013.
  • In his only other start this season, Lunde finished T50 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last October. While he did not make a PGA TOUR start in the 2015-16 season, he played 15 tournaments on the Web.com Tour, making the cut six times and posting one top-10.

Rafa Campos

  • For the second straight year, Puerto Rico native Rafa Campos finished in the top-10 of his hometown event. He posted four birdies in his final-round 70 and finished T10, one year after finishing tied for eighth.
  • This week, Campos played the 16 par fives in 12-under par (1 eagle, 10 birdies, 5 pars).
  • Campos and Dicky Pride are the only two players to compete in all 10 Puerto Rico Open events, dating to 2008. Campos has made five cuts and earned more than $179,000.
  • 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 consequence, 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.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Through 13 holes, Chris Stroud was 18-under and was one shot ahead of D.A. Points and Bill Lunde. A double bogey on No. 14 was his undoing, and he went on to finish T8 at 16-under. It is his first top-10 since he finished T10 at the 2015 Safeway Open.
  • Peter Uihlein carded a final-round 66 and finished T5 at 17-under. It is his third career PGA TOUR top-10 and second at the Puerto Rico Open (T6, 2013). This year on the European Tour, he has three top-10s and is currently No. 22 in the Race to Dubai standings.
  • Starting in the fourth group off No. 10, J.J. Henry played his final 11 holes in 9-under-par en route to a 63, tying Trey Mullinax (first round) and Tim Wilkinson (second round) for the week’s low round. Henry started the day tied for 43rd and finished T8. It is his first top-10 since he won the 2015 Barracuda Championship.
  • Tied for 15th at the start of the day, Sam Saunders opened with birdies on Nos. 1-3 and followed with four more in his bogey-free 65. The T5 finish is his fourth career top-10 and first since he finished T8 at the 2016 Barbasol Championship. His first PGA TOUR top-10 was at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open when he was one of the five players in the sudden death playoff won by Alex Cejka.

Puerto Rican players in the field

Player                          Scores/Standing

Rafa Campos                66-68-68-70—273 (-15) / T10

Edward Figueroa           68-76—144 (MC)

Robert Calvesbert         80-78—158 (MC)

Chris Nido                    77-70—147 (MC)

 

There were five past champions of the Puerto Rico Open this week:

Player (year won)                     Scores/Standing

Alex Cejka (2015)                      68-66-73-73—280 (-8) / T49

Chesson Hadley (2014)              69-71-74—214 (-2) / MDF

Scott Brown (2013)                    67-68-69-70—274 (-14) / T17

George McNeill (2012)               72-71 – 143 / MC

Michael Bradley (2009 & 2011)   71-74 – 145 / MC

 

Scoring Averages:

Rd.

Front 9

Back 9

Total

Cumulative

1

35.045

35.417

70.462

2

34.740

35.580

70.321

70.395

3

34.963

35.444

70.407

70.404

4

34.056

35.338

69.394

70.152

The par-4 first hole was the hardest in round four with an average of 4.225, and it was the hardest for the week (4.219). The easiest hole was the par-5 second, yielding a 4.164 average, and it was also the easiest for the week (4.424).

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 (17) – Tyler Aldridge (68), Mark Anderson (68), Ricky Barnes (66), Miguel Angel Carballo (67), Joel Dahmen (69), Edward Figueroa (68), Andres Gonzales (68), Retief Goosen (68), David Hearn (66), Danny Lee (69), John Merrick (67), Trey Mullinax (63), D.A. Points (64), Jonathan Randolph (66), J.J. Spaun (66), Zach Sucher (67) and Boo Weekley (68).

R2 (23) – Tyler Aldridge (69), Ryan Armour (69), Wade Binfield (68), Ryan Blaum (69), Cyril Bouniol (67), Scott Brown (68), Wesley Bryan (68), Alex Cejka (66), Bryson DeChambeau (65), Julian Etulain (67), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (69), Retief Goosen (67), Tom Hoge (65), Andrew Johnston (67), Luke List (66), Bill Lunde (68), Will MacKenzie (68), Kyle Reifers (66), Rory Sabbatini (69), Brett Stegmaier (69), Tim Wilkinson (63), Mark Wilson (70) and Bobby Wyatt (68).

R3 (6) – Zac Blair (69), Andrew Johnston (66), Cameron Percy (67), Jonathan Randolph (68), Chris Stroud (67), Peter Uihlein (68).

R4 (11) – Steven Alker (67), Bryson DeChambeau (67), Julian Etulain (64), Martin Flores (66), Retief Goosen (64), J.J. Henry (63), Cameron Percy (68), Sam Saunders (65), J.J. Spaun (67), Zack Sucher (68), Steve Wheatcroft (70).

 

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