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March 7 2013

4:44 PM

Barber in contention

By PGATOUR.COM staff

Blayne Barber is making the most of an opportunity.

Barber carded a 6-under 66 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com and is one shot back of co-leaders Andres Romero and Cameron Percy.

Barber made headlines a few months ago after he disqualified himself from the first stage of q-school. Barber determined that he incorrectly penalized himself one shot instead of two.

Playing on a sponsor's exemption this week, Barber made eight birdies and two bogeys in Round 1 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He Monday qualified for the Northern Trust Open and finished T42.

"I played really well, gave myself a lot of opportunities on the front and was able to make some putts and turn at 5 under and then kept it going on the back, played really well," Barber said.

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