American birdies 5 of his final 7 holes to shoot 7-under 65 and open 1-stroke lead over local favorite Rafael Campos and 6 others
65: First-round score for American Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, who held a one-stroke lead Thursday at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open. Gainey birdied five of his last seven holes at Grand Reserve Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, to post a 7-under round for a one-stroke lead. “My track record is not very good here in Puerto Rico at this place,” said Gainey, who has no top-10 results in six previous starts on the island. “But you know what? Sooner or later, it's got to change. I mean, I'm hitting it good, putting it good. The whole game's in good shape right now. So, it's time to make a change. It's time to win one. It's time to win this tournament. I'm hitting it good enough to win, and it's just time for me to get back out on the PGA Tour, where I belong.” Gainey tied for 47th last week in the Korn Ferry Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic, his only start of the year. In three starts on the PGA Tour in 2020, Gainey made two cuts but finished no higher than 67th. Gainey, 45, played five seasons on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2014, and won the 2012 McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Ga. He has failed to regain PGA Tour exempt status since then. Puerto Rican Rafael Campos shot 6-under 66 to headline a group of seven players tied for second place. The $3 million event, which is being played opposite the WGC Workday Championship in Bradenton, Fla., will pay $540,000 to the winner (scores).
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