Day, Jones tied for lead in Puerto Rico

By DAVID McFADDEN
Associated Press

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Matt Jones shot a 30 on his back nine Friday and finished with an 8-under 64 to match the course record, giving him a share of the 36-hole lead with fellow Australian Jason Day in the Puerto Rico Open.

Playing in swirling wind and occasional rain at Trump International Golf Club, Jones tied the course record set last year by Bo Van Pelt in the inaugural event.

“Actually, I find the course easier to play in the wind than with no wind because it changes the club you hit off the tee,” Jones said. “So the holes you’re into the wind you’re still going to be hitting drivers off them anyway, so I like the wind.”

The 21-year-old Day, a rookie on the PGA Tour last year who failed to live up to his hype and wound up losing his card, had a 68 to match Jones at 10-under 134. Day eagled the 600-yard, par-5 15th that plays into the coastal wind.

“It’s the first time I’ve been in this position going into the weekend, and I’m just going to soak it up and try to get some strength out of it,” Day said.

Bart Bryant, whose victories include the Memorial and Tour Championship, was a shot back after a 68.

“There’s not a Tiger Woods or a Phil Mickelson or somebody up there that you know they’re going to be up there at the end,” the 46-year-old Bryant said. “So I think there’s just a lot of unknowns – but somebody’s going to play really good and someone’s going to win.”

The four players at 8 under included Estanislao Goya, a 20-year-old Argentine who received a sponsor’s exemption. He shot a 67 and was in good position going into the weekend at his first PGA Tour event.

“Of course, if I can play good and win the tournament it will be great because I can get my PGA Tour card. But you know, I try to enjoy my rounds,” said Goya, the Tour de las Americas money champion last season.

The $3.5 million tournament is being held opposite the World Golf Championship at Doral, which has attracted the best players from around the world.

Some thought Day would join the elite in golf when he won a Nationwide Tour event at age 19. But he struggled last year as rookie, finishing 136th on the money list and failing to make it through Q-school.

Two dozen players were separated by four shots, a group that included Charles Howell III, 18-year-old Tadd Fujikawa and U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate, all at 6 under. Howell had a 69, Fujikawa shot a 68, and Mediate had a 70.

Fujikawa has made the cut in all three PGA Tour events he has played this year.

Wind and rain were expected to continue through the weekend on the 7,526-yard tropical course.

“We had a little squall there. I mean it was coming down sideways there on three and four, which made four play really hard. But we all have to deal with it,” said Mediate, who lost a 19-hole playoff to Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open last year.

Among those missing the cut were Erik Compton, who had his second heart transplant last May. Compton made the cut last week in the Honda Classic, tying for 44th. He had rounds of 77-73.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the Puerto RicoOpen, played March 13 at the par-72, 7,569-yard Trump InternationalGolf Club-Puerto Rico in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico:

  1. Jason Day 66-68--134
    -10 1. Matt Jones 70-64--134
    -10 3. Bart Bryant 67-68--135
    -9 4. Bryce Molder 67-69--136
    -8 4. Estanislao Goya 69-67--136
    -8 4. Michael Bradley 67-69--136
    -8 4. Cliff Kresge 67-69--136
    -8 8. Troy Matteson 68-69--137
    -7 8. Ronnie Black 69-68--137
    -7 8. Alex Cejka 68-69--137
    -7 8. Derek Lamely 66-71--137
    -7 12. Rocco Mediate 68-70--138
    -6 12. Robert Garrigus 70-68--138
    -6 12. Kent Jones 69-69--138
    -6 12. Corey Pavin 69-69--138
    -6 12. Tadd Fujikawa 70-68--138
    -6 12. Omar Uresti 71-67--138
    -6 12. Charles Howell III 69-69--138
    -6 12. Jerry Kelly 70-68--138
    -6 12. Greg Chalmers 68-70--138
    -6 12. Greg Owen 71-67--138
    -6 12. Scott Sterling 69-69--138
    -6 12. Colt Knost 71-67--138
    -6 12. D.A. Points 70-68--138
    -6 25. Glen Day 72-67--139
    -5 25. John Mallinger 69-70--139
    -5 25. Brett Quigley 68-71--139
    -5 25. J.P. Hayes 71-68--139
    -5 25. Lee Janzen 69-70--139
    -5 30. Jonathan Byrd 68-72--140
    -4 30. Ricky Barnes 69-71--140
    -4 30. Ted Purdy 71-69--140
    -4 30. Matt Weibring 70-70--140
    -4 34. John Huston 71-70--141
    -3 34. Robert Damron 70-71--141
    -3 34. Patrick Sheehan 71-70--141
    -3 34. Paul Stankowski 69-72--141
    -3 34. Jeff Overton 69-72--141
    -3 34. Matthew Borchert 71-70--141
    -3 34. Casey Wittenberg 69-72--141
    -3 34. Mark Brooks 70-71--141
    -3 34. Tom Scherrer 71-70--141
    -3 34. Bo Van Pelt 74-67--141
    -3 34. Jay Williamson 71-70--141
    -3 34. Rick Price 69-72--141
    -3 34. Andy Matthews 73-68--141
    -3 34. Scott Gutschewski 72-69--141
    -3 34. Aron Price 70-71--141
    -3 34. Jarrod Lyle 71-70--141
    -3 50. Jay Delsing 70-72--142
    -2 50. John Merrick 70-72--142
    -2 50. Greg Kraft 71-71--142
    -2 50. Shaun Micheel 71-71--142
    -2 50. Eric Axley 72-70--142
    -2 50. Chris Smith 71-71--142
    -2 50. Kevin Stadler 67-75--142
    -2 50. Felipe Aguilar 71-71--142
    -2 50. Kris Blanks 72-70--142
    -2 50. Alan Wagner 73-69--142
    -2 50. Tommy Gainey 72-70--142
    -2 50. Notah Begay III 70-72--142
    -2 50. Guy Boros 74-68--142
    -2 50. David Berganio, Jr. 71-71--142
    -2 50. Tyler Aldridge 69-73--142
    -2 65. Jason Gore 74-69--143
    -1 65. Joe Durant 71-72--143
    -1 65. Charles Warren 70-73--143
    -1 65. Robin Freeman 71-72--143
    -1 65. Carlos Franco 76-67--143
    -1 65. Ryan Moore 72-71--143
    -1 65. Jimmy Walker 72-71--143
    -1 65. Michael Allen 69-74--143
    -1 65. Derek Fathauer 74-69--143
    -1 65. Manuel Villegas 72-71--143
    -1 65. Neal Lancaster 70-73--143
    -1 65. Brandt Snedeker 69-74--143
    -1 65. Rich Beem 70-73--143
    -1 • • •


    Missed the cut


    78. Aaron Watkins 71-73--144
    E 78. Dicky Pride 69-75--144
    E 78. J.L. Lewis 73-71--144
    E 78. Steve Allan 70-74--144
    E 78. James Driscoll 77-67--144
    E 78. Spencer Levin 74-70--144
    E 84. Willie Wood 75-70--145 + 1 84. Mike Heinen 72-73--145 + 1 84. James Oh 71-74--145 + 1 84. Miguel Suarez 76-69--145 + 1 84. Garrett Willis 74-71--145 + 1 84. Steve Pate 70-75--145 + 1 84. Darron Stiles 73-72--145 + 1 84. Diego Vanegas 70-75--145 + 1 84. Brian Vranesh 69-76--145 + 1 93. Tag Ridings 73-73--146 + 2 93. David Peoples 74-72--146 + 2 93. Brent Geiberger 77-69--146 + 2 93. David Mathis 73-73--146 + 2 93. Wil Collins 72-74--146 + 2 93. Alan Morin 71-75--146 + 2 93. Tim Petrovic 73-73--146 + 2 93. Frank Lickliter II 70-76--146 + 2 93. a-Rafael Campos 78-68--146 + 2 102. Billy Andrade 72-75--147 + 3 102. Tim Wilkinson 74-73--147 + 3 102. Olin Browne 73-74--147 + 3 102. Nicholas Thompson 74-73--147 + 3 102. Marc Leishman 73-74--147 + 3 102. Tom Byrum 75-72--147 + 3 102. Jim Gallagher, Jr. 76-71--147 + 3 102. Ted Schulz 76-71--147 + 3 110. Brad Adamonis 74-74--148 + 4 110. Bob Heintz 73-75--148 + 4 110. Leif Olson 78-70--148 + 4 110. Wilfredo Morales 76-72--148 + 4 114. Jeff Klauk 70-79--149 + 5 114. Esteban Toledo 76-73--149 + 5 114. Robert Gamez 73-76--149 + 5 114. Todd Hamilton 74-75--149 + 5 114. Bob Burns 75-74--149 + 5 114. Max Alverio 76-73--149 + 5 120. Chris Riley 74-76--150 + 6 120. Mike Hulbert 72-78--150 + 6 120. Peter Tomasulo 73-77--150 + 6 120. Gary Woodland 76-74--150 + 6 120. Bob Tway 71-79--150 + 6 120. Gabriel Hjertstedt 73-77--150 + 6 120. Erik Compton 77-73--150 + 6 127. Oscar Fraustro 73-78--151 + 7 127. Antti Ahokas 78-73--151 + 7 129. Eamonn McLoughlin 77-75--152 + 8 130. John Nieporte 78-80--158 + 14 WD. Jesper Parnevik 78-WD

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