Lamely races to maiden title

A bogey-free final round of 66 proved enough for Derek Lamely to claim his maiden title at the weather-hit Puerto Rico Open.

Poor light had delayed the third round on Sunday evening.

Lamely moved into contention when things finally got under way with a course-record 63 before tying for the best round as he claimed the win on 19-under as his rivals faded.

Fellow American Kris Blanks hit a final-round 69 as he finished at 17-under in second place.

Overnight leader Steve Wheatcroft failed to maintain his place at the head of the pack as he signed 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.”


Collated final round scores & totals

(USA unless stated, par 72):

269 Derek Lamely 69 71 63 66

271 Kris Blanks 65 70 67 69

272 Brendon De Jonge 69 68 67 68, James Nitties (Aus) 68 66 69 69, Steve Wheatcroft 68 67 67 70, Kevin Streelman 67 68 64 73

273 Bryce Molder 71 71 65 66, Woody Austin 69 68 66 70, Steve Elkington (Aus) 68 70 66 69

274 Bill Lunde 68 72 68 66, Chad Collins 69 65 68 72

275 Jeff Maggert 69 67 69 70, Paul Stankowski 66 70 68 71, Nicholas Thompson 68 69 69 69

276 Jeff Overton 66 70 67 73, Michael Bradley 71 67 68 70

277 Jeff Klauk 72 68 68 69, Kirk Triplett 69 69 66 73, Kevin Stadler 72 67 65 73, Henrik Bjornstad (Nor) 70 68 70 69, Marco Dawson 70 71 68 68, Skip Kendall 65 70 70 72, Cameron Tringale 69 69 69 70

278 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 70 70 68 70, Graham Delaet (Can) 67 69 69 73, Tom Pernice Jnr. 71 67 72 68, John Daly 69 73 66 70, Mark Calcavecchia 68 73 68 69, Guy Boros 71 67 69 71, Boo Weekley 74 68 69 67, Jimmy Walker 73 69 67 69, Jhonattan Vegas 69 67 68 74

279 Spencer Levin 69 69 69 72, Aron Price (Aus) 72 65 70 72, Martin Flores 71 70 68 70, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 72 67 69 71, Michael Connell 71 69 69 70

280 Kent Jones 68 74 68 70, J J Henry 70 69 68 73, Robert Garrigus 68 70 71 71, Kevin Johnson 70 66 71 73

281 Jeff Quinney 72 69 71 69, Craig Barlow 71 65 72 73, Johnson Wagner 70 69 69 73

282 Jonathan Kaye 73 69 67 73, Omar Uresti 70 72 71 69, Phil Tataurangi (Nzl) 72 69 71 70, Peter Gustafsson (Swe) 67 73 69 73, Manuel Villegas (Col) 72 69 72 69, Shaun Micheel 73 69 68 72, Chez Reavie 70 71 66 75, Daniel Barbetti (Arg) 68 72 69 73, Rich Barcelo 70 72 68 72

283 Jarrod Lyle (Aus) 69 70 73 71, Jeff Gove 72 68 69 74, Steve Flesch 72 66 72 73, Matt Bettencourt 67 72 71 73

284 Richard S Johnson (Swe) 70 72 71 71, Billy Mayfair 69 73 71 71, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 69 71 73 71

285 Chris Stroud 76 66 73 70, Erik Compton 72 69 70 74, Chris DiMarco 68 72 72 73, Roger Tambellini 70 71 68 76

286 Jay Williamson 70 68 74 74, Jerod Turner 71 70 73 72

287 Cameron Percy (Aus) 69 72 70 76

288 Brent Delahoussaye 69 73 73 73, John Merrick 71 70 74 73

292 Steve Lowery 71 70 76 75

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