Puerto Rico Open: First-round notebookMarch 12, 2009
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Monday Qualifier Derek Lamely fired a 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Jason Day. Lamely is looking to become the first Monday Open Qualifier to win a pga TOUR event since Fred Wadsworth won the 1986 Southern Open.
Inside the Numbers 18-Hole Leaderboard Player Score T1. Derek Lamely 66 -6 T1. Jason Day 66 -6 T3. Michael Bradley 67 -5 T3. Cliff Kresge 67 -5 T3. Bart Bryant 67 -5 T3. Kevin Stadler 67 -5 T3. Bryce Molder 67 -5 T8. Troy Matteson 68 -4 T8. Brett Quigley 68 -4 T8. Alex Cejka 68 -4 T8. Greg Chalmers 68 -4 T8. Rocco Mediate 68 -4 T8. Jonathan Byrd 68 -4
• The first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win four of nine times on TOUR so far this season.
• Lamely is playing in his fourth PGA TOUR event. His only made cut was at the 2008 PODS Championship, where he finished 71st. Lamely finished tied for 145th at the 2008 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. He has played in a pair of Nationwide Tour events, missing the cut at the 2008 Melwood Prince George's County Open and finishing tied for 32nd at the 2005 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Dynamic Industries.
• Lamely made the cut in four of seven starts on the 2008 Tarheel Tour, with his best finish a runner-up effort at the Michelob Ultra Classic. He has played several other mini tours since turning pro and won the 2008 Waterloo (Iowa) Open, which is not affiliated with any tour. Lamely was also a member of the Montgomery High School (Texas) state championship golf team, before playing at McNeese State, where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Business Management.
• Lamely shot his first PGA TOUR round in the 60s in his ninth career round.
• Jason Day shot a 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Lamely. Making the 39th start of his career, Day has held the first-round lead one other time, at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open. Day's best career finish is sixth at the 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
• Stadler finished tied for fourth last year at the Puerto Rico Open. So far this season Stadler has a pair of top-20 finishes and a missed cut. Stadler's best finish on TOUR was a tie for second at the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open.
• Bradley fired a 5-under 67 in the first round. Bradley's last top-10 finish came at the 2000 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, a span of 64 tournaments. Prior to 2000, Bradley had 18 top 10 finishes in seven seasons including wins at the 1996 Buick Challenge and the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open.
• Defending champion Greg Kraft shot a 1-under 71 in the first round. Last year, Kraft opened with a 69 on the way to his first win in 16 years on TOUR.
• Ronnie Black, who started playing on the PGA TOUR in 1982, shot a 3-under 69. Black finished tied for 39th at last year's Puerto Rico Open, marking his first made cut on TOUR since 2002. Black, who will turn 51 in May, earned TOUR wins at the 1983 Southern Open and the 1984 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. Black has played nine events on the Champions Tour with his best finish a tie for seventh at the 2008 Dick's Sporting Goods Open
• Puerto Rican amateur Rafael Campos, who is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, has already had a busy week in Puerto Rico. On Wednesday, Campos finished tied for fourth at the Palmas del Mar Intercollegiate while leading the Rams to a six-stroke victory over the University of Notre Dame. Campos shot a 6-over 78 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Open.
• Argentinian Estanislao Goya shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for 14th after the first round. Goya won the 2008 Tour de las Americas Order of Merit. He won twice in 2008, at the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final on the European Tour's Challenge Tour and the Center Open on the Tour de las Americas.
• Diego Vanegas of Colombia turned in a first-round 2-under 70. Vanegas won the 2007 Colombian Open, adding his name to a list of past champions that includes Arnold Palmer (1956), Camilo Villegas (2001) Chi Chi Rodriguez (1963) and Jerry Pate (1981).
• Jesper Parnevik (back) withdrew following the first round.
• There are four Puerto Rican players in the field. Miguel Suarez opened with a 74 and is tied for 101st, while Max Alverio and Wilfredo Morales had 76s and are tied for T117th. The aforementioned Campos is tied for 128th after his 78.