Rafael Campos became the very first golf player from Puerto Rico to lead a PGA Tour tourney for thirty-seven years thanks to an opening sixty-four in Puerto Rico Open – place where Luke Donald lies 5 shots off the pace.
Rafael carded 8 birdies in an unflawed round at the Coco Beach to lead by 1 from Unites States’ George McNeill, along with Alex Cejka part of a 4 strong group another shot back. The last time when a Puerto Rico golfer led a PGA Tour tourney was the Tallahassee Open in 1979, when Chi Chi Rodriguez was tied for fifty-four hole lead before winning his 8th and final title.
George appeared all set to claim a share of the lead following 6 birdies in the gap of 7 holes, but dripped his only shot of the day on the past after conking out to get up and down from a greenside bunker. Cejka, who became victorious won his 1st PGA Tour title on his 287th appearance twelve months ago, carded 7 birdies and 1 bogey to join Frank Lickliter, Aaron Baddeley as well as Will Mackenzie on 6 under par.
Cejka told that even just coming in the other day you have great memories, there is something in the air. He feels comfortable and good. He had good rounds here in the past. He like the golf course and he is laying quite well.
Luke Donald, the former world number one, carded a 3-under-par 69, whereas fellow English golfer Ian Poulter – who left out on a spot in this week’s WGC-Dell Match Play by only 0.044 world ranking points – returned a seventy-one.