Puerto Rico Open: Second-round notebook

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March 13, 2009
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff

A total of 77 players made the cut, which came at one-under 143. The cut in 2008 was even-par 144.

• Australian's Jason Day and Matt Jones are tied for first at 10-under 134 after the second-round of the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.

• Jones turned in the best round of the day with an eight-under 64 to tie the course record (Bo Van Pelt in 2008). Jones was six-under on his final nine holes (front side). Jones is playing in his 36th PGA TOUR event and has a career best finish of T4 at the 2008 Honda Classic and the 2008 Buick Open. Jones has never led a TOUR event after the second-round, but did lead the 2008 Honda Classic after the third-round.

• Making the 39th start of his PGA TOUR career, Day has never held a lead following the second or third round. Day's best career finish is sixth at the 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Bart Bryant is in third place with a nine-under 135 after the second round. Bryant is looking for his first TOUR victory since 2005 when he won the Memorial Tournament and the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. His only other TOUR victory came at the 2004 Valero Texas Open.

• There are four players tied for fourth at eight-under 136, including Bryce Molder, Estanislao Goya, Michael Bradley and Cliff Kresge.

• Sponsor Exemption Estanislao Goya, a 20-year-old from Argentina, is T4 after shooting a five-under 67 today in his first PGA TOUR event. Goya, who turned professional in 2007, won the 2008 Tour de las Americas Order of Merit. He won the 2008 Apulia San Domenico Grand Final on the European Tour's Challenge Tour and the 2008 Center Open on the Tour de las Americas.

• The last professional to receive a Sponsor Exemption and win was Jason Gore at the 2005 84 LUMBER Classic. Phil Mickelson was the last amateur to receive a Sponsor Exemption and win, which he did at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.

• The last player to win a TOUR event in their first start was Jim Benepe at the 1988 Beatrice Western Open.

• Playing in his 64th PGA TOUR event, Bryce Molder matched his previous best position after 36 holes (4th place at the 2002 Compaq Classic of New Orleans and the 2002 Verizon Byron Nelson). Molder's best finish on TOUR was third at the 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open.

• Molder shot his first back-to-back rounds in the 60s on TOUR since the 2007 Children's Miracle Network Classic where he opened with a 68-69 on his way to finishing T6.

Tadd Fujikawa, an 18-year-old from Hawaii, shot a four-under 68 and is T12 at six-under for the tournament, four strokes off the lead. Fujikawa is playing in his 11th PGA TOUR event and has now made four cuts. So far this year, Fujikawa has finished T32 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and T52 at the Honda Classic.

• Playing as an amateur at age 15, Fujikawa qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open, the youngest golfer ever to do so. In 2007, he made the cut in the Sony Open in Hawaii, becoming the second-youngest player in PGA TOUR history to achieve that feat (16 years, 4 days). Fujikawa was born three months premature and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of survival. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and was so small that he could fit in his grandfather's palm.

• Playing in his first PGA TOUR event, Colombian Manuel Villegas, brother of PGA TOUR player Camilo Villegas, made the cut at one-under 143. Fellow countryman Diego Vanegas finished one-over and missed the cut.

Manuel Villegas (2008) and Diego Vanegas (2007) are the last two champions of the Colombian Open. Villegas and Vanegas added their names to an impressive list of past champions that includes Arnold Palmer (1956), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1963), Bernhard Langer (1980), Jerry Pate (1981) and Camilo Villegas (2001).

• In a comparison of brothers, Camilo Villegas missed the cut in his first two professional events at the 2004 U.S. Open and the 2004 Cialis Western Open before finishing T59 at the 2004 John Deere Classic. Manuel and Camilo both won the Colombian Open and both played golf at the University of Florida.

Ronnie Black continues his solid play and is T8 at seven-under 137 through the second-round. If Black goes on to win he would be the fifth oldest winner in TOUR history.

• Black last won a PGA TOUR event in 1984 at the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. Black would smash the TOUR record for most years between wins. A win this week would be 24 years since his last win. The current TOUR record is 15 years by Robert Gamez (1990-2005).

• Notah Begay III used a 6-iron to record a hole-in-one on the 203 yard par-3 sixth hole in the second round.

• There have been seven eagles recorded on the 547 yard par-5 second hole, which has a 4.510 stroke average through the first two rounds.

Marco Dawson was disqualified after the first round for signing an incorrect scorecard.

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