The Puerto Rico Open
Scott Brown birdied the 72nd hole on Sunday to beat Fabian Gomez by one shot at the Puerto Rico Open. Brown’s finishing score of 268 broke the tournament record en route to his first win on TOUR. He joins Russell Henley, John Merrick and Michael Thompson as the fourth first time winner on TOUR in 2013.
I have often said that good golf is good golf no matter where you play it and Brown hammered home that point this week. After opening his season with a T30 at AT&T Pebble Beach, he went back to the Web.com Tour and picked off T3 at the Panama Claro and a T7 last week in Colombia. His form carried over this week where he set a tournament record and claimed his first TOUR victory.
With this win Brown claims $630,000 and 300 FedExCup Points plus a two-year exemption that runs through 2015. Even better, he gains entry into the 2013 PGA Championship.
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Jordan Spieth: The rookie from Texas also continued his hot play as he finished one stroke out of a playoff at 19-under. He, like Brown finished T7 in Panama and T4 last week in Colombia. Hot play is hot play. Spieth doesn’t have any status so he must play his way into tournament and use sponsor’s exemptions. Keep an eye out for him on the Texas swing and any “off-week” events.
Brian Stuard: If you read the column, you’ll see he’s been mentioned in the “Off the Beaten Path” section now for a few weeks. He was T4 this week and doesn’t have a finish outside the top 40 this year. Oh, and he hasn’t missed a cut either. SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Andres Romero: He was one-for-five entering this week with his ONLY finish being T71. Yep, fantasy golf is awesome.
Peter Uihlein: Also mentioned in the preview column, this former Oklahoma Stater had been off to a very solid start in Europe over the last four weeks. He continued his hot play in Puerto Rico picking up a T6 finish. He also is status-less so he’ll have to play his way into upcoming events but he’s not the worst guy you can take a late-round flier on as 2013 moves on.
Boo Weekley: T25 last week at The Honda Classic and now T8 this week in Puerto Rico. We know he can pepper GIR but if he starts making some putts, watch out!
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