Andres Romero crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-35=67 on day four of the Puerto Rico Open to reach the finish line on 10-under 278, up 14 spots to a three-way T5, and good for his first top 10 of the season in his fifth start and an exemption into this week's Shell Houston Open.
Unlike the four PRO debutantes who finished ahead of him on the leaderboard, Romero was making his fifth straight appearance. He's had success here before, opening the 2013 edition in twin 65s to lead by one after 36 holes, but a third-round 75 derailed him before finishing up with 66 and T6. The Argentine, playing out of the Past Champion category after failing to meet the terms of his Minor Medical, began his final frame on 5-under (T19) after posting 70-73-68. He hit all 18 greens in regulation but posted a pedestrian 1.889 putts per GIR, circling birdies on the par-3 sixth, the par-5 second and 18th, respectively, and a one-putt eagle-3 on the par-5 fifth. For the week, the 34-year-old was 68th (of 69) in putts per GIR at 1.904 and was T48 in birdies with only 13, but he was T5 in total bogeys with just five.
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