Cameron Percy needed only 10 putts on the back nine on Thursday in Puerto Rico. (Kolbe/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Perhaps Cameron Percy will give his son an assist for his impressive start at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
Percy needed just 23 putts -- 10 on the back nine -- during his nine-birdie, 7-under 65 that gave him a share of the first-round lead with Andres Romero on Thursday in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. American Blayne Barber was one shot back at 66.
Because his son had his putter last week, Percy didn't have a putter until late Wednesday afternoon. After testing a few Ping putters on the practice green, he tossed one in his bag. So far it's worked quite well.
"Well, they were all pretty short except for on 12," Percy said. "I holed about a 25-footer on 12, just a little left-to-righter. That was a nice one. The rest of them were all 5 and 6 feet sort of thing."
Percy also hit 11 of 14 fairways on the day, making birdies on four of his last seven holes.
Percy, who played the Web.com Tour last season, has made three of five cuts on the PGA TOUR in 2013. But his best finish was a T59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
"Just drove the ball really nicely," said Percy, whose best finish in two previous starts here was a T28 in 2011. "I've been trying to not hit the ball too hard, so I just tried and hit three-quarters drivers and just kept the ball in play and I did that today and it was quite nice."