Lamely claims Puerto Rico prize

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A bogey-free final round of 66 proved enough for PGA Tour rookie Derek Lamely to capture the weather-hit Puerto Rico Open.

A bogey-free final round of 66 proved enough for PGA Tour rookie Derek Lamely to capture the weather-hit Puerto Rico Open.
The American took his first win on the PGA Tour by two strokes at the Trump International Golf Club where heavy rain delays on Thursday and Friday made it impossible to finish even the third round on Sunday evening.
Lamely moved into contention when the third round finally got completed with a course-record 63 before his 66 tied the best-of-the-final-day score and earned him victory with a 19-under total as his later-finishing rivals faded.
Fellow American Kris Blanks hit a final-round 69 to finished at 17-under in second place.
Overnight leader Steve Wheatcroft failed to maintain his place at the head of the pack, signing for a 70 to finish joint third on 16-under alongside Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge, James Nitties of Australia and fellow American Kevin Streelman.
Heavy rain and wind had forced organisers to extend the tournament to a fifth day, which Lamely began from the 10th hole.
He finished his final round over two hours ahead of his nearest challengers, but his agonising wait was made worthwhile as no one came close to usurping him at the summit.
“I just kept on trying to make birdies, I kept on trying to be aggressive,” said Lamely, who split his six birdies equally between the front and back nine today in a near faultless display.
“I’m still a rookie out here, even though I just won. There’s tons I can learn still.
“I knew if I kept playing well and I kept trying to make birdies, I knew I would get within striking distance.”

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