Notebook: Round 2, Puerto Rico Open

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March 13, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Partly cloudy with afternoon temperatures reaching 89 degrees. Winds SE 10-15 mph.

• The first, second and third rounds are being played with preferred lies in closely mown areas.

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• The cut came at 2-under 142, with 70 players moving on to the third round. Players will not be repaired in between the third and fourth rounds.

James Nitties and Chad Collins are tied for the lead at 10-under after the second round at the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.

• Collins and Nitties have not held a second-round lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. Collins' best position after any round on TOUR was T3 after the second round of the 2010 Bob Hope Classic.

• Collins is making the most of his second stint on the PGA TOUR. As a rookie in 2008, Collins did not have a top-10, had four top-25 finishes and recorded 12 missed cuts in 24 starts. So far this season, Collins has not missed a cut in seven starts this season and has two top-10s and three top-25s coming into this week.

• In six events this season, Collins has already earned more money than he did after 24 events during his rookie year in 2008.

• Collins finished second on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2009, a year after his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. He won the 2009 Miccosukee Championship on the Nationwide Tour.

• Nitties missed his first six cuts this season on TOUR coming into the Puerto Rico Open. It is a sharp contrast to Nitties rookie season last year when he had a pair of top-6 finishes in his first six starts (T4-FBR Open and T6-Mayakoba Golf Classic). He finished last season with seven top-25 finishes.

• Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas is T7 at 8-under after the second round. Vegas, who received a sponsor exemption into the field this week, finished No. 63 on the Nationwide Tour money list last year in his rookie season. The 2008 University of Texas graduate had his best finish on the Nationwide Tour at the 2009 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open (T4).

• Vegas, who picked up the game by playing with a broomstick and a rock and has his parents here with him in Puerto Rico, finished T36 at the 2008 Valero Texas Open soon after turning professional. The 25-year-old Vegas also qualified for the 2003 Shell Houston Open but missed the cut.

Manuel Villegas (-3), brother of PGA TOUR star Camilo Villegas, made his second cut on the PGA TOUR in two career starts. Manuel finished T44 last year at the Puerto Rico Open. Camilo missed the first two cuts of his PGA TOUR career (2004 U.S. Open and 2004 Cialis Western Open).

Peter Gustafsson (-3) won the 2009 Order of Merit on the Tour De Las Americas, which earned him a sponsor exemption into the Puerto Rico Open. Gustafsson, who is playing in his first PGA TOUR event, played in his first two Nationwide Tour events this year. Last week, at the Nationwide Tour's inaugural Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Presented by Samsung, Gustafsson finished T10.

Erik Compton (-3) made his second cut in as many starts on TOUR this season.

Steve Wheatcroft (-9/T3) and Kris Blanks (-9/T3) are the only players that are bogey-free through the first two rounds.

• Scoring averages through the first round at par-72 Trump International Golf Club.

Round Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative Totals
Round 1 35.500 35.864 71.364 --
Round 2 35.056 35.794 70.849 71.112

• Defending champion Michael Bradley shot 5 under in the second round to move to 6 under for the tournament (T18).

Jason Gore, Carlos Francos (foot), Brett Quigley, Dicky Pride, Craig Bowden (injury) and David Peoples (back) withdrew following the first round.

• Below are second-round results for the 10 Latin American players in the Puerto Rico Open field:

Puerto Rican Player Score Standing
Max Alverio +2 MC
Erick Morales (a) +3 MC
Rafael Campos (a) +10 MC
Miguel Suarez +11 MC
Latin American Player Score Standing
Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) -8 T7
Daniel Barbetti (Argentina) -4 T35
Manuel Villegas (Colombia) -3 T45
Cesar Costilla (Argentina) +2 MC
Julio Santos (Dominican Republic) +6 MC
Carlos Franco (Paraguay) -- WD

• Suspension of Play Timeline:

• On Thursday, the first-round was suspended at 7:19 a.m. local Atlantic Time due to heavy rains which led to unplayable course conditions. It was decided at 1:30 p.m. local time that play would be suspended for the day. A total of 18 players teed off prior to the suspension of play on Thursday.

• The first-round resumed at 7:15 a.m. local Atlantic Time on Friday and was suspended at 7:36 a.m. local time due to rain and unplayable course conditions. The first round resumed at 4:35 p.m. on Friday. Play was suspended at 6:36 p.m. due to darkness with 22 of the 44 groups on the course.

• On Saturday, the first-round resumed at 7:10 a.m. local Atlantic Time with 22 of the 44 groups on the course. The second-wave began teeing off at 8:35 a.m. The second round was suspended due to darkness at 6:40 p.m. local Atlantic Time with 57 players on the course on Saturday. They resumed play at 7:10 a.m. local time on Sunday, while the second-wave teed off the second round at 7:30 a.m. Only six players completed the second round before the suspension.

• A total of 6.6 inches of rain fell on Trump International Golf Club on Thursday. Six-tenths of an inch of rain fell on the course on Friday. Between Friday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 10 at total of 5.4 inches of rain fell on the course.

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