Notebook: Round 4, Puerto Rico Open

March 15, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Partly cloudy with afternoon temperatures reaching 90 degrees. Winds SE 5-15 mph.

• Rookie Derek Lamely finished at 19-under to win his first PGA TOUR event by two strokes over Kris Blanks.

• Lamely teed off No. 10 in the final round. The last person to tee off on No. 10 and win was Keith Clearwater at the 1987 Colonial Invitational.


• Lamely is the first rookie to win on the PGA TOUR since Marc Turnesa won the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

• A rookie did not win on TOUR last year for the first time since the 1998 season. Since 1970, there have been six seasons where a rookie did not win (2009, 1998, 1986, 1981, 1978 and 1970). It has not happened in back-to-back seasons since 1970.

• Lamely's win is the 268th by a former Nationwide Tour member.•

• Lamely beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff for first his Nationwide Tour win in 2009 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

• Lamely has now made four of eight cuts on TOUR this season. Coming into this week, Lamely had missed three of his last four cuts. His best finish before his win today was T18 at the Bob Hope Classic.

• Lamely finished T13 last year at the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular as a Monday qualifier.

• Lamely was four strokes behind third-round leader Kevin Streelman entering the final round. The four stroke come back in the final round ties Hunter Mahan (Waste Management Phoenix Open) for the largest on TOUR this season.

• Lamely was 10-under on the par-4s and 2-under on the par-3s this week at the Puerto Rico Open.

• Lamely turned in the second lowest final 36 holes on TOUR this year with a 15-under 129. Matt Kuchar had a 16-under 128 at the Bob Hope Classic.

• Lamely fired a course record 9-under 63 in the third round. The previous record of 64 was held by Bo Van Pelt (2008) and Matt Jones (2009).

• Lamely's 19-under 269 total is a tournament record. The previous record was 274 set by past winners Michael Bradley (2009) and Greg Kraft (2008).

• Blanks' (2nd) previous best finish on TOUR came last year in his rookie season when he finished T7 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. It was his only top-10 prior to his finish today in 25 career starts on the PGA TOUR.

• Blanks missed his first three cuts this season and has now made his last three.

• Blanks put together back-to-back rounds in the 60s (Rd 3-4) for the first time since the 2009 Buick Open.

• Blanks and Woody Austin led the field with only two bogeys each this week. Steve Wheatcroft had one bogey all week heading to No. 16 in the final round before he made bogey at No. 16 and No. 18. Blanks recorded his second bogey on No. 14 in the final round.

Steve Wheatcroft (T3) missed his first three cuts this season and has now made his last three. He has 14 made cuts in 35 career PGA TOUR starts.

• Wheatcroft's best finish of the season was a T17 last week at the Honda Classic. His only other top-25 finish came in his rookie season at the 2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

Kevin Streelman (T3) secured his second top-10 of the season (T10-Bob Hope Classic). He had two top-10s last season and four in 2008.

John Daly (T24) recorded his first top-25 finish since the 2007 Buick Open.

• Prior to today, the last time the full final round was played on Monday (unscheduled) was the 2009 RBC Canadian Open.

• This is the second Monday finish of the season (Bob Hope Classic).

Scoring averages through the final round at the par-72 Trump International Golf Club.

Round Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative Totals
Round 1 35.500 35.864 71.364 --
Round 2 35.056 35.794 70.849 71.112
Round 3 34.771 34.400 69.171 70.698
Round 4 35.686 35.443 71.129 70.774

• All four rounds were played with preferred lies in closely mown areas.

Suspension of Play Timeline:

• On Thursday, the first round was suspended at 7:19 a.m. local Atlantic Time due to heavy rains which led to unplayable course conditions. It was decided at 1:30 p.m. local time that play would be suspended for the day. A total of 18 players teed off prior to the suspension of play on Thursday.

• The first-round resumed at 7:15 a.m. local Atlantic Time on Friday and was suspended at 7:36 a.m. local time due to rain and unplayable course conditions. The first round resumed at 4:35 p.m. on Friday. Play was suspended at 6:36 p.m. due to darkness with 22 of the 44 groups on the course.

• On Saturday, the first-round resumed at 7:10 a.m. local Atlantic Time with 22 of the 44 groups on the course. The second-wave began teeing off at 8:35 a.m. The second round was suspended due to darkness at 6:40 p.m. local Atlantic Time with 57 players on the course on Saturday. They resumed play at 7:10 a.m. local time on Sunday, while the second-wave teed off the second round at 7:30 a.m. Only six players completed the second round before the suspension.

• On Sunday, the third round was suspended due to darkness at 6:36 p.m. local Atlantic Time with all 70 players on the course. Play resumed at 7:00 a.m. local time on Monday. Players will not be repaired after the third round.

• A total of 6.6 inches of rain fell on Trump International Golf Club on Thursday. Six-tenths of an inch of rain fell on the course on Friday. Between Friday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 10 at total of 5.4 inches of rain fell on the course.