RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Andres Romero shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.
Romero birdied three of his last five holes in a bogey-free round at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. The 37-year-old Argentine player won his lone PGA Tour titles in New Orleans in 2008 and has two European Tour victories.
Austria’s Sepp Straka was a stroke back in the event that was canceled last year because of Hurricane Maria.
Daniel Berger, at No. 72 has the highest world ranking in the field, opened with a 70. D.A. Points, the 2017 winner, shot 71. Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos, a winner on the Web.com Tour at the start of the year, had a 73.
The winner will receive a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and an exemption to the PGA Championship, but won’t get an invitation to the Masters.