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March 5 2013

11:03 AM

Monday qualifiers: Puerto Rico Open


Former PGA TOUR winner Eric Axley is making his first start of the 2013 season. 

By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributing Writer 

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Jon Curran's 8-under round of 64 -- with nine birdies and a single bogey -- topped the Monday qualifier field to earn a Thursday start in this week's Puerto Rico Open on the PGA TOUR at Trump International Golf Club. 

Curran, a 26-year-old Hopkinton, Mass. native, who played high school golf with Keegan Bradley, edged out the other three qualifiers, which included previous PGA TOUR winner Eric Axley, Garrett Osborn, and John Stoltz -- all who shot 6-under (66) at Rio Mar Golf Club.

Curran played college golf at Vanderbilt, came through sectional qualifying in the 2010 U.S. Open but did not make the cut. Since then, he has primarily been playing the mini-tours. 

Axley is the only former PGA TOUR winner in the qualifier group. The 39-year-old Athens, Tenn. native won the 2006 Valero Texas Open by playing the last 53 holes bogey-free to defeat Anthony Kim, Justin Rose and Dean Wilson by three strokes.  The former East Tennessee State star also won once on the Web.com Tour at the 2006 Rex Hospital Open. Since turning pro in 1997, he has made 67 cuts on the PGA TOUR.

Osborn, a 28-year-old Birmingham, Ala. native who played golf at University of Alabama-Birmingham, is one of only three players in UAB history, along with Graeme McDowell and Paul Dickinson, to be named All-American during his career at the school. A rookie on the Web.com Tour in 2008, he scored three top-10s. His only other PGA TOUR start came the same year in The Honda Classic, where he missed the cut. 

Stoltz, a 29-year-old New Port Richey, Florida resident and veteran of the mini-tours, is making his PGA TOUR debut.

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