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Chad Collins end-loaded his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open before signing for a 2-under-par 70.

Collins carded respective nine of 38 and 32. He squared two bogeys against no birdies going out on the back side of Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, but scored bogey-free 4-under with four birdies on his inward side. The journeyman has four top 10s in 112 PGA TOUR starts, one of which in this event in 2010. He's flashed some form this season, evident by a string of six paydays until a missed cut at last week's Honda, so the stars are aligned a bit for him to make more noise on the island.
Mar 5 - 3:35 PM

Jonathan Byrd signed for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 following his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Byrd is one of the more contemporary notables in the field, but he has conditional status, so this is a must-start for the veteran. He enjoyed top 15s in his first two trips to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, so it makes sense that he got off to a good start today. Byrd striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens en route to four birdies against two bogeys.
Mar 5 - 3:32 PM

James Driscoll shot a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

Never mind current form -- he hasn't cashed in his last five starts, all on the Web.com Tour -- Driscoll has Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico's number. He's 5-for-6 on the track and about to pad that résumé. In today's lid-lifter, he split only seven (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, but he squared just one bogey. Elsewhere, the former PGA TOUR member converted thrice for birdie. He signed his card sitting two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Mar 5 - 3:20 PM

Thomas Björn withdrew during his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, citing personal issues, according to Mark Cannizzaro on Twitter.

Björn splashed his tee ball at the par-3 ninth before calling it quits. He was birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys through eight holes. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 112 career PGA TOUR starts. The first two occurred during the 2005 season.
Mar 5 - 2:15 PM

Emiliano Grillo posted a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, parking it one back of the clubhouse lead.

This is the Argentine's third appearance on the PGA TOUR. His first two were in this event in 2012 and 2014; he cashed in both. He's poised for another this week, and it makes sense since he's survived 14 consecutive cuts made worldwide. Grillo piped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation today. He covered two bogeys with five birdies.
Mar 5 - 1:04 PM

Mark Hubbard assumed outright possession of the clubhouse lead at the Puerto Rico Open with a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round.

As a fan of golf, you have to be pleased by this effort. It was one week ago today that the rookie was disqualified from The Honda Classic after opening with a 4-over 74 because he failed to register. (For a detailed rundown of the events of that day, click on the link to Alex Miceli's report at Golfweek.com below.) It was only two weeks before that when Hubbard made news by proposing to his girlfriend alongside the 18th green at Pebble Beach. The newly betrothed 25-year-old made more news inside the ropes today at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico by exchanging six birdies with two bogeys. Four of the par breakers disappeared on his last six holes.
Mar 5 - 12:43 PM

Justin Hicks withdrew from the Puerto Rico Open following his opening round.

Hicks signed for a birdie-free, 9-over-par 40-41=81 before voting himself off the island. He found only seven (of 14) fairways and six greens in regulation. The imprecision led to seven bogeys and a double. He bogeyed three of the four par 5s. This is his second mid-tournament WD in five starts. It's his fourth in 95 career on the PGA TOUR. With today's decision, Hicks drops to 2-for-12 on the season with no better than a T34 at Pebble Beach. Obviously, this slate is not indicative of the kind of form that he exhibited last season, so we cannot rule out that he's dealing with an unreported injury.
Mar 5 - 12:36 PM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello spun a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

The Spaniard went 6-for-6 in scrambling and picked off birdies at the par-5 15th and par-4 first holes. That's all it takes to find success early with winds blowing on the island. RCB is a 12-for-17 on the PGA TOUR since his debut in 2010, but he's yet to record a top 20 in a stroke-play event. It's just a matter of time before the talented 30-year-old collects his first.
Mar 5 - 12:11 PM

David Duval tossed up a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open to finish one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

This leaderboard has shaped up like a step back in time. Duval is the latest of a certain age to find himself near the top of it. He totaled 13 greens in regulation and buried three birdies, all on par 5s. Alas, his only bogey was on the other par 5, No. 5 at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico. The 43-year-old has sprinkled in the occasional red number on the PGA TOUR, but he hasn't connected them since stringing three together to open last year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he tied for 25th.
Mar 5 - 12:00 PM

J.J. Henry submitted a 2-under-par 33-37=70 for his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

Henry opened birdie-eagle at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico today. He added a birdie-4 at the fifth before the well ran dry. He played his last 13 in 2-over with two bogey-5s. Henry found only six (of 14) fairways, but he salvaged 12 greens in regulation to help reel in a red number. The 39-year-old signed his card sitting just one swing adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Mar 5 - 11:51 AM

Rod Pampling carded a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

The Aussie split 10 (of 14) fairways, but he hit only nine greens in regulation. While he squared three bogeys, Pampling compensated with five birdies to get the most out of his round. He made news in 2011 (among gamers, at least) when he qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs on Past Champion status. That's where he is again this season, but he shows enough flashes of old form on occasion that we shouldn't rule out another run at the Playoffs or at least fully exempt status next season via the Web.com Tour where he already has a T8 on the board in 2015.
Mar 5 - 11:37 AM

Alex Cejka turned in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 for his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

Cejka got an early start on his mental approach this week after missing the cut at The Honda Classic. He sandwiched a lone bogey at the par-4 10th hole today with three birdies to post up one stroke off the clubhouse lead. The 44-year-old has been hovering in no-man's land for years. While he qualified for Veteran Membership on the PGA TOUR in 2012, he hasn't registered a top 10 on the circuit since the now-defunct Turning Stone Resort Championship in August of 2010.
Mar 5 - 11:27 AM

Dicky Pride toured Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico in 2-under-par 33-37=70 in his opening round.

Pride has a pair of top 20s in his last three trips to the island and he finished T3 in Panama on the Web.com Tour a month ago, so it makes sense that he got after it early this week. He circled birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, and then a third and final at the par-3 eighth. Overall, the 45-year-old found only 11 greens in regulation, but he limited the damage to only one bogey, that a 5 at the 12th. Pride signed his card sitting just one stroke off the early clubhouse lead.
Mar 5 - 11:17 AM

Erix Axley shot 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

The lefty is making his first start since Pebble Beach and since he fell six spots to 37th in the reshuffle at the conclusion of the West Coast Swing. After returning with fully exempt status this season, it's been a disappointing result overall as Axley has cashed just twice in eight starts. However, he's on the inside track to his third payday. Today, he hit 13 greens in regulation and traded three birdies with two bogeys before coming to rest two strokes off the early clubhouse lead.
Mar 5 - 10:54 AM

Chris Smith cracked the lid on the Puerto Rico Open with a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to establish very early possession of the clubhouse lead.

Smith went out in the first threesome off the first tee at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico this morning. He raced out to bogey-free 4-under with four birdies through 10 holes before succumbing to a bogey-birdie-bogey roller coaster beginning at the par-4 13th hole. He totaled 15 greens in regulation. Smith is playing on Past Champion status again this season. The 45-year-old hasn't played a full schedule since 2006.
Mar 5 - 10:36 AM



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