By PGATOUR.COM wire reports
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Andres Romero made two late bogeys on Thursday but still grabbed a share of the lead at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com with Cameron Percy at 7-under 65.
Romero, the Argentine player who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2008, had an eagle and seven birdies on his first 15 holes to reach 9 under, then fell back with the bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.
Percy, from Australia, had nine birdies and two bogeys on the Trump International course.
Blayne Barber, who made headlines for disqualifying himself after the first stage of q-school in 2012, and Jon Curran were a stroke back, and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera opened with a 67 to match Bill Lunde, Steve LeBrun, Brad Fritsch, Justin Bolli, Morgan Hoffmann, Brian Stuard, Peter Uihlein and Rafael Campo.. Patrick Cantlay, the 20-year-old former UCLA player coming off a Web.com Tour victory last week in Colombia, shot 70.
South Korea's Si Woo Kim withdrew after a 79. The 17-year-old Kim, playing on a sponsor exemption, earned a TOUR card at q-school, but won't become a full TOUR member until he turns 18 in June. He missed the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in his only other TOUR start of the year.
Romero has missed the cuts in four of his five starts this year, shooting 75-67 last week in the The Honda Classic.
"I'm happy about the way things went," Romero said. "Last week on Thursday I started striking the ball quite well and then played really well on Friday, but it wasn't good enough for me to make the cut. I was very pleased at the end, and I practiced a lot over the weekend. I had a good feeling about my game, and today I just felt confident on each and every shot I hit. I felt I couldn't miss, and thank God, I'm putting well again."
Percy tied for 71st in The Honda Classic, wasting a 71-66 start with weekend rounds of 77 and 78.
"I just drove the ball really nicely," Percy said. "I've been trying to not hit the ball too hard, so I just hit three-quarters drivers and just kept the ball in play. I did that today and it was quite nice."
Cabrera played alongside countryman Romero and Colombia's Camilo Villegas.
"I had a really good time with them," Cabrera said. "They are really good friends, so we enjoyed a lot and had lots of fun out there."
Villegas shot 71. Defending champion George McNeill also had a 71.
|Trump International: Round 1|