By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Nelson Ledesma shot a 6-under 66 at the Rio Mar Country Club to lead Monday qualifying for this week’s Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com at Trump International in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Will Dodson, Jeff Curl and Andy Matthews also qualified – each shooting 67.
Ledesma, a 21-year-old Argentine who was named Rookie of the Year on the Tour de Las Americas in 2011, won his first title on the tour this past November at the Final VII Roberto De Vicenzo Classic Copa NEC in his native country.
Dodson, a 27-year-old Tulsa native and 2006 graduate of Southern Methodist University, will be making his first PGA TOUR start after playing in 13 Nationwide Tour events since 2005. Dodson’s best professional effort came in July 2011 when he shot 16 under and tied for 10th at the Nationwide Tour’s Chiquita Classic.
Curl, son of 1974 Colonial National Invitation winner Rod Curl, is playing the Nationwide Tour on a Major Medical Extension in 2012. The 33-year-old Redding, Calif., native will be teeing it up in a PGA TOUR event for the first time in his career.
Matthews, 32-year-old Grand Rapids, Mich., native and former member of the Canadian Tour, returns to the site of his only cut made on the PGA TOUR in six starts – he tied for 57th in the 2009 Puerto Rico Open. This was the fourth attempt in a Monday qualifier on TOUR this year for Matthews, a 2002 Michigan graduate.